Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he thought-about withdrawing Fred at half-time of Manchester United’s Champions League defeat by Paris Saint-Germain.
Nonetheless, he determined to maintain the Brazil midfielder on the pitch regardless of seeing him escaping a crimson card for a headbutt on Leandro Paredes.
Though the approaching collectively of heads was reviewed by VAR and the referee on the pitchside monitor Fred was solely proven a yellow card, however his early bathtub did come ultimately.
Simply moments after PSG retook the lead after Marcus Rashford had cancelled out Neymar’s early opening purpose, Fred was proven his second yellow card for a foul on Ander Herrera.
And supervisor Solskjaer was requested whether or not he thought-about changing Fred at half-time given his fortunate escape after the headbutt – explaining why he opted to maintain him on the pitch.
“Yeah, yeah,” replied Solskjaer to this query. “However Fred has performed rather well and we spoke about staying calm and staying in your toes, and the second yellow card is nowhere close to a foul.
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“And Ander is aware of that as properly. He positively is aware of.”
Solskjaer was clearly not impressed by Fred’s actions, nevertheless.
“Fred shouldn’t put his head in direction of him,” continued the boss. “I don’t assume he touched him, however you don’t try this.
“So he’s a bit fortunate, yeah – it’s both nothing or a crimson card. I believed he was fortunate to remain on when the referee determined to provide him something.”
Regardless of dropping 3-1 which suggests Man United’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout phases goes right down to their ultimate group sport, in opposition to RB Leipzig subsequent week, Solskjaer was not disheartened by what he noticed from his gamers.
He known as it a ‘tight’ sport with the one distinction between the 2 groups being PSG took their probabilities at Outdated Trafford whereas United have been profligate in entrance of purpose.
“It’s tight in video games like this,” added Solskjaer.
“If Marquinhos had larger studs on he would have been offside, that’s a marginal resolution as properly, so typically you may’t actually put your finger on what’s the deciding issue at present.
“They have been the higher workforce as a result of they scored, however I believed each groups performed rather well.”