Manchester United midfielder Fred has been left out of the Brazil squad for the international break later this month.

They face Morocco in a friendly on March 25, and a pool of players has been picked by interim manager Ramon Menezes.

Fred went to the World Cup under previous manager Tite, who left his role after they went out at the quarter-final stage to Croatia.

Some key players have been left out, such as Neymar, Gabriel Martinelli and Alisson, and it seems an experimental squad.

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Fred left out of Brazil squad despite recent Manchester United form

On current form alone, Fred would surely be in the squad, and he has seven goal involvements in his last ten United games.

He has stepped into the breach left by Christian Eriksen’s injury and responded to the challenge posed by Marcel Sabitzer’s loan arrival.

In actual fact, Fred getting a rest during the international break would be a good thing for United, given the gruelling schedule we have.

Casemiro has been called up for the game, but hopefully he will be managed carefully and sensibly ahead of the run-in, with Antony also included, along with Alex Telles who is on loan at Sevilla.

Meanwhile, Alejandro Garnacho has been named in a 35-man squad by Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni, on the back of the World Cup win.

They face Panama in Buenos Aires on 23 March, before playing Curacao five days later, and Garnacho has been rewarded for his recent good form with a call-up, alongside Lisandro Martinez.

There has been debate over Garnacho’s international future, given he qualifies to play for Spain too, but these matches are friendlies so not binding in terms of any decision.

But he has been called up for Argentina before, which indicates that he is leaning that way, and will be looking to continue his rise with more international experience.

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