Michael Owen punches “pathetic” Fred and says he would never choose him for Man Utd again

Former Manchester United forward Michael Owen says Fred would never play for the club again if it were up to him.

The Brazilian midfielder escaped a red card on Wednesday in the first half of United’s 3-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford, when he stuck his head in the direction of visiting midfielder Leandro Paredes.

Fred was booked for that incident, but was then sent off for a second bookable foul for a second half challenge against Ander Herrera.

Owen was very critical of Fred’s actions and said his irritability would have consequences if it were up to him.

“Faults in general,” BT Sport’s Owen said when asked about the incident, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision not to take out Fred at half time after he was booked.

Fred was not fired after the headbutt

‘It was a red card. There wasn’t much [in the headbutt] but come on, you’re a grown man. You don’t have to do these grumpy little things to put your team at risk.

“If I were a manager and one of my players did this, just pure petulance, he wouldn’t play for me anymore. It’s really sad.”

Solskjaer discussed both the first incident and the final red card after the game.

Fred shouldn’t turn his head towards him [Paredes],” he said.

Owen said Fred’s actions were “pathetic.”

‘I don’t think he touched it. He was lucky to stay. ‘

On his decision not to replace him, he added: “Yes … but Fred has played really well.

“We talked about staying calm and on your feet.

“The second yellow card was by no means an error. Ander [Herrera] know that. He knows for sure. “

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