Fred has been outstanding over the past couple of weeks. An often derided player, the Brazilian was Manchester United’s matchwinner against Crystal Palace.

He chose a great time to score his second goal of the season and his first since August. He curled in a winner in the 81st minute to help United to a victory over a resolute Eagles side

Fred made seven tackles, the joint highest on the pitch, made one interception and two clearances, to go along with his goal.

He picked his spot from 25 yards out after being set up by Mason Greenwood, curling the ball over the goalkeeper into the top corner with a strike Bruno Fernandes would have been proud of.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League
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RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

Strong run of form

It is worth remembering Fred did not feature in United’s defeat to Watford. He was recalled for the Villarreal game days later by Michael Carrick, and played a key role in both goals as he won the ball back in the build up for both of them.

He came close to netting a winner over Chelsea last weekend, before providing an assist in the win over Arsenal and winning the decisive penalty for Ronaldo’s winner.

His winning goal against Palace was beautifully timed, with United struggling to make the breakthrough beforehand. The goal was a tough one to execute, and he did it perfectly.

Fred now has two goals this season so far. This is more than Harry Kane (1) has managed in 13 appearances in the Premier League, and just one less than Romelu Lukaku. He needs one more goal for a personal best since he joined United in 2018.

Reaction

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