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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showed no sympathy for Fred after his red card against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
The midfielder received his marching orders for a second yellow infraction in United 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford.
But the Brazilian could have been sent off in the first half; in fact, he only received a yellow after the referee consulted the VAR screen after his header on Leandro Paredes.
Speaking after the game, however, Solskjaer insisted that Fred shouldn’t have reacted that way to begin with.
“Fred must not bow his head towards him,” said the manager. BT sport. “I don’t think I touch it, but still, you don’t do that. So it’s nothing or it’s a red card.
“I thought he was lucky to stay when the referee decided to give him something.”
Solskjaer also confirmed that he had thought of taking Fred out at halftime, but opted to keep him on the field.
Fred then received a second yellow for a challenge on the former United midfielder Ander Herrera. The United midfielder appeared to win the ball over the Spaniard, but also caught his man.
Speaking about his reasons for keeping Fred on the field, Solskjaer insisted that Herrera knew the challenge shouldn’t have seen Fred leave the field.
When asked if he thought about retiring Fred at halftime, the norwegian He said: “Yes, but Fred has played very well and we talked about staying calm and standing and the second yellow card is not far from a foul.
So Ander knows it too. He definitely knows. “
Sunshine rues lack of finishing touch
Ultimately, United lost when Neymar’s double and Marquinhos’s shot saw him win at Old Trafford.
But the Red Devils had great opportunities, with Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani turning down opportunities.
Solskjaer said: “Yes, we had great opportunities, great moments and that’s the difference when you get to the big games.
“You can talk about all possession in the middle and which team dominates, but games are always decided at both ends of the goal.”
United They will be back in action on Saturday when they play West Ham in a Premier League match.