- Dec 17, 2012
I can see this being true for a lot of people. The one that stuck out in my mind was the first half one that split Pogba and Shaw (I think) and went out of touch. At least there was no danger involved in it.This is spot on. Plus those 2/3 sloppy passes trigger confirmation bias in all those who don’t/won’t rate him and see this as evidence of another poor performance full of wayward passing.
When in reality stats show that each pass he makes is more likely to reach its target than passes from the likes of Partey, Kante or Fernandinho. Every time this is pointed out his critics claim he only passes sideways/backwards. Which is as factually inaccurate as the same claims once made by critics of Michael Carrick.
Rinse and repeat. Every Fred thread on the caf in a nutshell.
Then in the second half, after his goal, there were two really progressive bits of play where he won the ball and instead of playing to the open man to the left, he played straight through their midfield on the turn and started a counter. There has to be a confidence thing with him, Andy Mitten has mentioned it a few times, that he goes into his shell when he makes an error.
Carrick definitely did that far more in the latter stages of his career, which is when he started to get a lot more praise from United fans, and it’s something that was really obvious when watching Kroos play against Liverpool last week. It’s the reason why we are so slow and pass it side to side so often. Obviously Kroos/Modric is the absolute best example, so it’s unfair on Fred to expect that, but that’s what we need close to in order to challenge.