Man United are looking set to be without Fred for their game vs Newcastle united this weekend.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United are preparing to welcome home their prodigal son this weekend. Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to make his second Reds debut, against a Newcastle United side who’ll be looking to upset the applecart.
You’d like to think that, whatever team United put out they should have more than enough quality to scoop all three points. That said, Solskjaer would much prefer to have a full complement to select from.
For this though, United are set to be without 28-year-old Fred, with the club preparing for the Newcastle game without him due to an ongoing dispute in regards to the Brazilian FA…
Check out what Solskjaer had to say about Fred here:
“I think it’s a lose-lose-lose situation for everyone: national teams, players, clubs. It’s been a farce, really,” Solskjaer told the media, including ManUtd.com.
“The players want to play but we all know what kind of situation we find ourselves in the last year-and-a-half with the pandemic, the travels and everyone trying to limit the spread of the virus.
“We’ve worked really hard before this to try to find a way. Private jets, you know, there are ways of getting them in and out but all the decisions have gone against the players, that’s for sure.
“They want to play for their national teams, they want to play for their clubs, but they’re not allowed. For me, I’m disappointed with whole thing. Common sense might not be so common anymore.
“We need to prepare for the game without Fred but still, fingers crossed, that some sense can come into people’s minds and that we can use him.”
Solskjaer likes Fred and in these sort of games, it’s his mobility and work-rate that can often prove to be the difference. However, sometimes, you just don’t know what sort of Fred is going to turn up. He’s either brilliant or dreadful, with no in-between…
In terms of who could replace the Brazilian, my personal choice would be Donny van de Beek. This is a guy who is chomping at the bit to get his chance and if the Dutchman isn’t selected here, then I genuinely have no hope for the former Ajax man as he’d be further down the pecking order than we think.
Again, I’d like to think that whoever United start in midfield, we should have more than enough to get all three points in a comfortable manner here.
In the long-term, though, United need to sort out this problem with the Brazilian powers-that-be sooner rather than later. The matches will start coming thick and fast and it’s still unclear whether Fred can feature against Young Boys in the Champions League this coming midweek.
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