Fred should never play for Man Utd again after red card, says Owen

Michael Owen has claimed Fred should not play for Manchester United again, after he was sent off in the Red Devils' 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Fred avoided a red card despite appearing to headbutt Leandro Paredes in the first-half, with the referee deciding to show him a yellow after consulting VAR.

The Brazilian was then sent off after being shown a second yellow for a challenge on Ander Herrera, even though replays showed him getting the ball.

Speaking on BT Sport, Owen labelled Fred "pathetic" and "petulant" for the headbutt incident and claimed that if he was the manager then Fred "wouldn't play for me again".

"Mistakes all round really," he said. "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 petulant little things to put your team at risk.

"If I was a manager and one of my players did this, just pure petulance, then he wouldn't play for me again. It's pathetic really."

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Speaking after the game, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that Fred was lucky not to have been given a straight red, saying: "In hindsight, having eleven men would have been better.

"But you can't fault the boy. He was really disciplined after half time. There was no reason to take him off and I think he was sensible in the second half.

"I thought Fred was lucky to stay on when I saw the referee going to look at the screen [in the first half]. Fred shouldn't put his head towards him, although I don't think he touched him.

"The second yellow card is nowhere near and Ander [Herrera] knows that as well – he knows. It's human error [from the referee], but I can't do much about that now."

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