“Fred would be dropped for a month under Fergie” says former United midfielder

“Fred would be dropped for a month under Fergie” says former United midfielder

Former United midfielder Owen Hargreaves is certain Fred would miss first-team action for a month if the iconic Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge at Old Trafford.

The Brazilian midfielder took the blame after failing to stop Everton’s counter-attack that allowed Andros Townsend to equalise in the second half of the Premier League 1-1 draw.

"Never ever, not in a million years [should that goal be allowed to happen]," Hargreaves told Premier League Productions after the game.

"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. 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,” the Englishman concluded.

Coming up next for Fred and the Red Devils is a trip to Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City after the international break this week.

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