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‘Better option than Mata’: Some MUFC fans call for midfielder to start more games after encouraging display

Fred being named as a substitute against West Ham came as a bit of a shock.

The Brazilian did well off the bench in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Leicester and impressed against FK Astana during the week. 

But he came on with 20 minutes remaining on Sunday. United were already losing but Fred still offered some encouraging signs.

United were static and predictable in midfield throughout the match, though Fred’s introduction gave some much-needed energy to our play. It’s just a shame we didn’t have it earlier instead of Nemanja Matic, who, let’s face it, is way best his best.

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Fred was responsible for creating two chances in 20 minutes, just days after assisting Mason Greenwood against Astana, as he continues to try show his worth under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Andreas Pereira, who played in a more wider role than usual, managed just one more pass than Fred despite playing 90 minutes…

With Paul Pogba out injured, Fred is now looking like one of the best options available to Solskjaer. He should definitely start against Rochdale in the League Cup on Wednesday!

Here’s a look at how United fans reacted to Fred’s substitute performance:

 

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