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Why Fred will not start Manchester United's next game

Fred will not play in Manchester United's upcoming match in the Premier League against Leicester City, due to some reasons highlighted below.


Fred a late returner

Both Fred and Edinson Cavani will be out for United's match against the Foxes.

With the exception of the quarantine situation, which we shall discuss later, it makes no sense to play either player in a match on a different continent in less than forty eight hours.

Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek are the only United players who aren't on international duty. Both players will be in this game for the first time and will be eligible to play.

Fred might be eligible in theory. According to the Guardian, footballers who have received two Covid vaccinations do not need to be quarantined while returning from South America. Cavani's and Fred's status are unknown.

In any case, United would not need Fred in their match against Brendan Rodgers Foxes And given his recent poor form, that will be welcome.

Fred proving a liability

In recent weeks and months, the Brazilian midfielder has put Manchester United fans to the test.

His last appearance away at the King Power Stadium was the catalyst for a dip in form.

Leicester netted a crucial first goal thanks to Fred's wayward pass in their 3-1 English FA Cup quarter-final win. Since then, he's struggled, with terrible performances against Southampton, Wolves, and, most recently, Everton.

In the build-up to Everton's equalizer, Fred was outmuscled twice by Demarai Gray, but he chose not to commit a tactical foul. It was a lousy, naive piece of play, as we have become used to seeing.

United fans will be relieved to hear that he will not be in contention for the Leicester game, since many have been demanding that he be dropped anyway.

A caveat

As a result, we have categorically stated that Fred would not play for United against Leicester from the start.

Fred might be sent back to England early if he gets sent off in one of Brazil's matches against Venezuela or Colombia, and then be cleared.

But, until that happens, there's nothing to be worried about. On October 16, Fred would not be a starter at the King Power Stadium.

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