In his first game as Manchester United caretaker, Michael Carrick decided to call Fred back for the Crunch Champions League game in Villarreal.

After playing no role for the club in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last game, the Brazilian international was brought back into midfield alongside Scott McTominay.

Donny van de Beek was also at the side of the ‘McFred’ partnership when Carrick opted for the Dutchman ahead of Bruno Fernandes.

For all of Fred’s critics, his tenacity and desire to move around the pitch and win the ball back for his team is undeniable.

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There may be times when he loses possession of the ball frustratingly cheaply or is bullied by a physically imposing player, but one thing you can guarantee from him is that he will put on a shift for his team.

Both United goals against the Yellow Submarine came from Fred’s pressing and rush of possession.

He forced Etienne Capoue to make a mistake that gave Cristiano Ronaldo the opportunity to score the goal he would never miss.

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And even though the game is in its final stages and Villarreal has a responsibility to make a difference, Fred was still keen to win the sales.

His determination led to Marcus Rashford and Fernandes getting together, which enabled Jadon Sancho to score the club’s first home goal and to complete a dream start for Carrick.

Fred finished the match with a 92% pass accuracy, 10 recoveries, won five duels, completed 4/4 balls, made two tackles and blocked a shot, according to SofaScore.

reaction

Fred’s crucial contributions and impressive performance led to his being praised by some Manchester United fans on social media …

Neither of these goals would have happened without Fred.
He gets ridiculed a lot, but he was great tonight.

– Alexei (@ MUFC_redarmy99) November 23, 2021

Fred deserves kudos tonight, he was involved in both goals. Solid performance

– Aidan Walsh (@AidanWalshMUFC) November 23, 2021

Fred is such an underrated player. Go to the ball under Pochettino. Do so much that people don’t see.

– UnitedMuppetiers (@Muppetiers) November 23, 2021

🔴 Big win. A professional job that is important in Europe.

We’ve never beat Villarreal before but that changed tonight.

Fred was great. His tenacity is unique to our CM options.

Jadon Sancho with his first goal. For him is buzzing, trust will only grow. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/apOG1cPd8G

– Ty Sports🎙 (@TyroneMc__) November 23, 2021

Special mention to Fred second half! Has taken off his socks! Interesting to see how many ball restorations he’s done. #mufc

– SaeedTV (@SaeedTV_) November 23, 2021

🔴 Nice finish by Cristiano Ronaldo. Everything instincts that!

🇧🇷 That’s awesome from Fred.

👏 He is always nibbling on players, urging them to use the ball. And if it goes right, it leads to errors – we score!

Always been a fan, needs to use it properly. # MUFC

– Ty Sports🎙 (@TyroneMc__) November 23, 2021

People don’t know how good Fred really is. Klopp would die for a high-pressing player like him.

– pep is not bald (@mufc_McFred) November 23, 2021

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