Fred was the ‘butt of jokes’ from Man Utd squad during pre-season


The Brazilian will be looking to make up for lost time against the league leaders (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United midfielder Fred’s decision to get married in the middle of pre-season saw him mocked by his teammates, but he could make amends against Liverpool on Sunday.

The Brazilian midfielder has struggled to live up to his £52million price tag since moving to Old Trafford from Shakhtar Donestk in the summer of 2018, while a change of manager has not improved his fortunes.

He started for the first time this season in United’s final outing before the international break, a 1-0 defeat away to Newcastle, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having preferred the likes of Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira.

Fred belatedly joined up with the United squad after his wedding (Picture: Getty)

According to The Times, Fred has been paying the price for missing the first leg of United’s pre-season tour, having booked his wedding for July 14.

Fred was the ‘butt of jokes’ from his teammates because he had wrongly assumed he would be involved in the Copa America – which finished a week before the wedding date – only to be dropped from the Brazil squad.

He then had to plead with Solskjaer to get time off, and some staff were surprised that the manager caved in.


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Solskjaer hoped that Fred could still come back and play a big role this season, but he did not even make the matchday squad for the first four games of the season.

But he is in line to partner McTominay at the base of United’s midfield on Sunday when Liverpool visit Old Trafford, with Solskjaer running out of options in the absence of star man Paul Pogba.

Solskjaer has some selection issues ahead of the visit of Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Speaking about Fred during the summer, Solskjaer said: ‘Well, I think you’re not surprised when a player who has played in Ukraine finds it a little bit hard in the beginning. But we know the talent is there.

‘We’ve seen, towards the end of [last] season, what Fred can give us: the PSG game, the Arsenal and Man City games. And, of course, he’s one that we hope is going to take another step this season. Hopefully, missing 10 days of our pre-season [to get married] won’t set him back too much.’

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