Fred red card “not close to a foul,” says Solskjaer

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Fred’s entry that sent him off was “by no means a foul” but said the midfielder may have been lucky earlier.

Fred was sent off in the second half of United’s 3-1 Champions League loss at home to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

The Brazilian was booked in the first half for an apparent header on Leandro Paredes, before getting his second yellow card after appearing to win the ball ahead of Ander Herrera.

Fred conceded four fouls, but his eight earned possessions were the most even at Old Trafford despite seeing red with 20 minutes to go.

Solskjaer regretted the decision that saw the midfielder sent off, although he admitted that he may have been lucky earlier.

“We spoke to him at halftime, and be sensible, and I thought so. I thought he played very well, “he said at a press conference.

“I thought he was very, very sensitive in the second half and he covers the ground, he gets on the men without trying to tackle. However, the ball for which he receives a yellow card, the tackle, is by no means a foul. So if you see that again, it’s a referee’s mistake.

“But that is also human error, it is allowed. You can’t, I can’t just sit there and complain about it now. I thought Fred was unlucky there, but he was probably lucky enough to get out in the first half. “

Neymar’s double and Marquinhos’ goal were enough to put PSG by nine points, alongside United and RB Leipzig, in Group H.

Marcus Rashford had drawn for United in the first half, becoming the first player to score in all three home games for the club in a single group stage in the Champions League since Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2004-05.

Solskjaer was pleased with the forward, who has scored more goals in five Champions League games this season (six) than he did in 18 competition appearances in his previous two seasons.

“He has really adapted to that role very well. And he is certainly threatening us from the side, penetration, crosses, shots. I’m very satisfied with Marcus there, ”he said.

“I know that sometimes a right-handed forward would like to play from the left to come in and score goals, but he’s also proving to be very efficient from the right.

“And in the middle, he has played in the middle this season too, very well. So for us he is becoming the top striker very well. “

Rashford was substituted with 16 minutes remaining and Solskjaer revealed the English international has a shoulder problem ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to West Ham.

“That shoulder injury bothers him,” Solskjaer told BT Sport. “Let’s see how quickly he can recover. Hopefully he’s ready for the West Ham game. But we don’t know.”

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