If Manchester United fails to advance within the Champions League, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s decision-making could possibly be as culpable as Fred’s recklessness.
By the point Neymar scored Paris Saint-Germain’s second purpose to finish a 3-1 victory in stoppage time, Fred had lengthy departed the Previous Trafford pitch.
Not at a time of Solskjær’s selecting — because the supervisor repeatedly had the possibility to do — however when the purple card that seemingly had lengthy been coming was lastly proven with 20 minutes to go.
Fred may first have been dismissed round half-hour into this penultimate Group H match for thrusting his head towards PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes. To the disbelief of the French champions, the referee solely booked Fred after reviewing the obvious headbutt on the pitch-side TV monitor.
With followers nonetheless shut out of Previous Trafford due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions, there wasn’t even any crowd to attempt to affect Daniele Orsato.
“There was solely two decisions,” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel stated, “both he didn’t contact him so it’s nothing, or he hit him and so it’s a purple card.” Even Solskjær had anticipated to see Fred marching down the tunnel.
“He was fortunate to remain on,” Solskjær stated. “Fred is aware of he shouldn’t put his head in direction of somebody, although he doesn’t contact him.” When the expectation might need been to make a substitution, Solskjær nonetheless had religion in Fred to return for the second half.
“Simply be wise,” was Solskjær’s message to the Brazilian participant on the break.
Maybe, although, Marquinhos sending PSG right into a 2-1 lead within the 69th minute was an opportunity to rethink the choice and exchange Fred? However that call wasn’t taken and, inside a minute, Fred was proven one other yellow card, this time for a problem on former United teammate Ander Herrera.
“He’ll maintain his arms up and express regret, however you possibly can’t be sorry for successful the ball, are you able to?” Solskjær stated. “It wasn’t a foul. Fred performed actually disciplined within the second half and when he makes a deal with like this, you possibly can’t fault the boy.” Nevertheless it meant United’s hopes of a comeback have been impeded by being decreased to 10 males.
Shedding at house after opening the marketing campaign by successful the reverse fixture in Paris means the group is huge open with United, PSG and Leipzig solely separated by purpose distinction. Solely İstanbul Başakşehir is out of rivalry.
United, which missed out on the Champions League final season, wants at the very least a draw on Tuesday at Leipzig to advance to the spherical of 32.
“We all know future is in our personal arms,” Solskjær stated. “Massive video games are determined by superb margins and immediately they have been towards us.”