Manchester United were unlucky just to score five goals in the win over Bournemouth.
Among many late shots peppered at Aaron Ramsdale’s goal was a long range effort from Fred, which required a spectacular save.
The Brazilian was unlucky not to see the back of the net bulge, as it would have topped off an impressive performance since coming off the bench.
Nemanja Matic has been impressive lately and deserved his place in the team. But it was right to take him off after 66 minutes and let Fred’s fresh legs take over.
A busy performance
United’s substitutes know they need something special right now to break into the team, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer naming the same starting line-up in three consecutive Premier League matches.
Fred gave it his best shot, and may have given Solskjaer something to think about heading into Thursday’s game at Villa Park.
He managed 52 touches in 24 minutes as United dominated possession in the last stretch of the game. His energy was crucial to this.
In the process he completed 93 per cent of his passes, made one goalscoring opportunity and had one shot on target from one attempt.
He also won two tackles, made one interception and had one successful dribble.
This was the type of industry from Fred which stretched across 90 minutes made him so important to United over the first three-quarters of the season.
Now Pogba is back he has a reduced role, but this display was a reminder he still has plenty to offer.
Here is a look at how United supporters reacted to Fred’s performance…
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