Fred is seventh player to score on 100th Premier League United appearance

Fred was the man who earned Manchester United a draw against Leicester as more points were dropped in the Champions League race.

United needed to win really to keep themselves in the hunt for the top four, with the odds already stacked in Arsenal’s favour anyway.

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Fred’s message on Instagram after the game reflected those mixed feelings, on a day where his goal was one of the only things to celebrate.

But the overwhelming feeling is disappointment after another flat performance when the team did not play like they had the bit between their teeth.

Fred was the seventh player to score on his 100th Premier League appearance for United and the first to do so since Marcus Rashford in February 2019.

Rashford had another disappointing day, beginning the match on the bench despite the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo through illness.

Ralf Rangnick went in with a false nine system like the one he used at Manchester City, changing his approach to react to Ronaldo’s absence.

The German could have put Rashford through the middle and kept with his usual formation but Rashford was only introduced as a substitute.

He struggled to make an impact when he came on, and that performance probably reflected why Rangnick did not play him from the start.

Fred was one of the better players on the pitch and his goal was a deserved reward for that performance but the team overall were not good enough on an important evening.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.