Harry Redknapp has taken aim at Fred following Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and says the midfielder let his team-mates down with his ‘stupid’ sending off in the Champions League clash.
Fred was given his marching orders for two bookable offences in the heavyweight Group H encounter but could have been shown a red card for a headbutt on Leandro Paredes in the first half at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left Fred out altogether as United came from behind to beat West Ham on Saturday and the Brazilian will also be suspended for the Red Devils’ trip to Leipzig this week.
Reflecting on Fred’s sending off in his column for The Sun, ex-Tottenham boss Redknapp said: ‘Solskjaer got flak for not taking Fred off the other night when he’d already been booked and was lucky to still be on the pitch.
‘But it wasn’t the Manchester United boss who let the side down against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, that was down to the player.
‘Ole will have read him the riot act at half-time. He’ll have told him, “Don’t do anything stupid, show some control and be careful”.
‘Maybe it was a harsh second booking, but he has to use his head the right way and not give the ref a chance to show another card. He trusted the player and got nothing back.
‘It’s the same players all the time, that’s what annoys me. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard would charge around making tackles and weren’t in trouble every week.
‘In his last eight games Fred has had four yellow cards and one red . . . how stupid is that? Some people just never learn.’
Solskjaer confirmed Fred was not injured and was left out for ‘tactical’ reasons at the London Stadium this weekend.
‘Fred’s not injured,’ the United head coach said following United’s comeback win.
‘He’s getting ready for the rest of the season because we’ve got a long season.
‘Today, it was a tactical decision to go with more physically strong… more height is actually more accurate than physically strong.
‘We needed height and Paul [Pogba], Scott [McTominay] and Nemenja [Matic] were my three midfielders that I brought down with the squad.’
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