Sir Alex Ferguson would have dropped Fred 'for a month' for Everton blunders, warns ex-Man Utd star Owen Hargreaves
3rd October 2021

EX-MANCHESTER UNITED star Owen Hargreaves believes legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson would have drop Fred 'for a month' for his mistake against Everton on Saturday.

The Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, with Andros Townsend's second half strike cancelling out Anthony Martial's opener.


In the build-up to the equaliser, Fred was eased off the ball by Toffees summer signing Demarai Gray – who then darted towards goal.

Hargreaves was far from impressed with Fred for failing to halt the counter attack, and says Ferguson would have dropped him 'for a month' as a result.

The 40-year-old – who made 39 appearances for Man Utd – told Premier League Productions: "Never ever, not in a million years [should that goal be allowed to happen].

"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.

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"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 poor result raised more questions about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future as manager.

Two young United fans even called for Solskjaer to go after the 1-1 draw.

The pair interrupted an interview on MUTV.

And when the presenter asked the fans' opinion of the game, one simply replied: "Ole out!"

And his friend agreed, saying, 'Same here, Ole out' before following up with: "Sancho's c**p."

The presenter then joked saying he will never trust children again – taken back by the two boys' comments.

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