- Jul 15, 2021
Pretty much my thoughts. I think he was especially very good in the first half. He played some nice progressive passes and was doing things quickly. The odd giveaway is going to happen when we're playing against a low block and trying to make something happen. The problem is the one big mistake is what will mostly be remembered. Still, I do believe that Fred is getting out-muscled too much this season. This isn't the first instance of him bouncing off of another player. He is pretty short and coming up against guys that are much bigger than he is. I don't know if it's possible for him to bulk up at all, but it might help a bit. A lot happened after Fred lost that battle. The goal could have been avoided.He was out-muscled for the goal but I thought he otherwise played well. Far better than McTominay who seems to get a free ride every week despite offering zero.
I feel like McTominay gets more of a pass, because he's an academy player. He also scores the odd goal. There are too many games where he isn't really doing anything.
I think he's a bit unlucky. When he makes a mistake, our opposition punish us quite often. I think the same thing happens to Pogba quite a lot as well. On another day, that counter will be stopped by other players making better decisions. I also think he did fine today, but any mistake that leads to a goal won't be forgotten.At this point, Fred is a scapegoat. A player that was bought for too much money, a player limited in his abilities but so vital to United. He struggles because he is asked to do things, he just isn't suited to and still manages to look better than McTominay. I don't want to deny that his form suffered quite a lot, he was way better a year or two ago, but today he was more than fine, one of not many trying to keep the ball on grass, increasing the tempo, not taking 8 touches before passing to the nearest team mate in sight. Of course he is upgradeable but I would upgrade a few others before him.
In terms of our first XI, I think the only players that really need upgrading are Fred and McTominay. I would upgrade McTominay before Fred without question, but I think Ole will do the opposite. I'm sure he trusts McTominay more. This might not be completely factual, but I feel like Fred is usually the one that gets subbed when we're making changes to the midfield?