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Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson would drop Fred for a month after his performance against Everton on Saturday, according to Owen Hargreaves. The Brazil international was at fault for the Toffees’ equaliser. And that mistake came after a string of inconsistent performances.
Manchester United put in a mixed performance against Everton in Saturday’s Premier League encounter.
Anthony Martial put the Red Devils ahead, scoring his opening goal of the campaign in the process.
However, Andros Townsend then levelled in the second half to earn a point.
It was a flat performance from Fred, again, with the Samba star cutting an erratic figure throughout the game.
And Hargreaves, speaking to Premier League productions, has claimed Ferguson would drop the midfielder ‘for a month’ if he was still in charge.
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“Never ever, not in a million years [should that goal be allowed to happen],” Hargreaves told Premier League Productions.
“That’s what you get paid for, that’s why you’re there, that’s your job to stop that goal. I would’ve taken that personally.
“He’s got two cracks at it, and both [times] he loses.
“It can’t happen. Sir Alex wouldn’t forgive you for that, you wouldn’t have played for a month, seriously.
“He has to win those tackles. And if he loses it, you foul him, you bring him down.
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“You’ve got to win that. You cannot get bumped off the ball by Demarai Gray and if he does, you foul him.
“United don’t have control of games, it’s their corner, how can a goal like that happen?
“I know Harry Maguire is missing and they miss his leadership but if you’re going to play two defensive midfielders in there – McTominay and Fred – that goal can’t happen.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in a rueful mood after the game.
“We got hit on one break that cost us and we lacked that cutting edge to get the important second goal,” he said.
“We made a couple of decisions that cost us.
“We had players behind the ball when the ball was delivered and we should have dealt with it.
“We need to work on it because we are facing more and more opponents who allow us to have possession.”
Everton boss Rafa Benitez, meanwhile, felt his side should have taken all three points.
“It’s a pity the last one because it’s offside but it could be even better,” Benitez reflected after the match.
“But we are pleased with the way we played and the result at the end.
“We played against a very good team – it’s not easy to get a result here and we did well.
“We are doing well. We have some problems with injuries and still the team is working really hard and reacting really well.
“You can see the team spirit and the fans will appreciate that and the players will appreciate the support of the fans.
“So you can see now we have a very good understanding.”
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