Man United have been given a late team news boost, as Fred is available for selection.
After the Brazil FA invoked the five-day rule on Premier League internationals who did not receive call-ups, it looked as though Fred was going to be missing for Manchester United games against both Newcastle United and Young Boys.
However, this morning, the club confirmed the 28-year-old is now available for selection once again, as the South American FA have waived the rule following extensive discussions with FIFA.
This means Fred, along with the likes of Thiago Silva, Fabinho and many others can now partake in action for their club sides this weekend.
For Fred, it looked as though he’d be out in the cold, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would’ve had to tweak an already-light midfield.
Now, United can call upon their key man, who becomes even more crucial in the absence of Scott McTominay who is still working his way back up to fitness.
Fred’s mobility, tenacity and work ethic should mean he can single-handedly play in that defensive midfield role, allowing the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba to flourish in the final third.
I do wonder where, once again, this leaves Donny van de Beek, though Solskjaer will be keen to put out the best XI he can in order to ensure United can win all three points.
My only concern is that the team news decision had already been made and Fred’s replacement may have been selected in Solskjaer’s head. Whether or not the Baby Faced Assassin is willing to go back on that decision remains to be seen – but Fred has been training this week so he should be ready to go if needed.
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