Dec, 3rd 2020 – Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he should possibly have substituted Fred before the Brazilian was sent off in the 3-1 Champions League defeat by Paris St-Germain.
The midfielder was shown a second yellow card in the 70th minute for a foul on Ander Herrera, having been booked in the first half for a head-to-head clash with Leandro Paredes. Ole says he spoke with Fred at half-time and decided to keep him based on his first-half performance.
Speaking on the first incident, Solskjaer said, “He was lucky to stay on. The referee made a mistake there but that’s allowed. He played well but with the decision the referee made you maybe look back and say you should have taken him off.“
He did not think the foul on Herrera warranted a second yellow card. he noted, “It was not a foul. Fred was disciplined in the second half. I asked him to be sensible and he was.” This defeat has left United level with PSG and RG Leipzig on nine points in Group H knowing that they need a draw away to the German side next Tuesday to reach the last 16.
Solskjaer said, “We know the destiny is in our own hands. We know that we play against a good team in Leipzig, who were in the semi-final last year, but we are developing into a better team as well.”
He added, “I was very pleased with the performance, against PSG, apart from of course they were more clinical. Big games most of the time are decided by fine margins and this time they were against us.”