Manchester United midfielder Fred is reportedly set for his first World Cup start in place of Brazil’s injured talisman Neymar.

According to Brazilian newspaper Globo, United’s number 17 and Real Madrid’s Eder Militao are expected to come into the side for injured duo Neymar and Danilo.

Selecao boss Tite trained with the duo in his starting line-up ahead of today’s second Group G game against Switzerland.

Fred set to be handed first World Cup start in place of injured Neymar

Fred made his World Cup debut in Thursday night’s 2-0 win against Serbia after replacing West Ham United midfielder Lucas Paqueta with 15 minutes remaining.

The 29-year-old nearly scored on his World Cup bow, but he was denied by former Red Devils goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.

During his 15-minute cameo, the former Shakhtar Donetsk ace, who was brought to Old Trafford by Jose Mourinho, had 20 touches and completed 14 of his 19 attempted passes (74%), one of which was deemed a key pass.

With Neymar ruled out, Tite will likely deploy Fred alongside his United teammate Casemiro with Paqueta potentially pushed further forward.

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Fred was part of Brazil’s 2018 World Cup squad, but he didn’t feature in Russia.

Manchester United winger Antony also came off the bench to make his World Cup debut against Serbia and having missed two days of training due to illness, the former Ajax man trained in full ahead of the five-time World Cup winners’ clash against the Swiss.

Alex Telles, who is spending the 2022-23 season on loan at Sevilla is the fourth member of United’s Brazil contingent, and he’s the only one of the quartet yet to feature in a World Cup.

But with Juventus’ Alex Sandro Tite’s first choice left-back, the former Porto man may have to remain patient before grasping his opportunity if and when it presents itself.

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