Michael Owen tells Solskjaer to banish 'pathetic' Man Utd star after PSG defeat

Michael Owen has slammed Fred and urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to banish the Manchester United midfielder after the Champions League defeat to PSG.

Brazil international Fred was sent off during United’s 3-1 defeat to French champions PSG at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

The 27-year-old could have seen red after clashing with Leandro Paredes in the first half and pushing his head towards the PSG star.

Fred was fortunate to only receive a yellow card for the incident but was sent off later in the match for a foul on former Manchester United star Ander Herrera.

PSG took control of the Champions League tie following Fred’s dismissal and went on to clinch a 3-1 win to leave United’s European hopes hanging in the balance.

The result leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side level with PSG and RB Leipzig on nine points in Group H and knowing they need a draw away to the German side next Tuesday to progress to the last 16.

Reacting to Fred’s display against PSG, former Manchester United and England striker Owen told BT Sport: ‘Mistakes all around really.

‘It [the clash with Paredes] was a red card. You’re a grown man, you don’t need to do a petulant thing like that to put your team at risk.

‘If I was a manager, and one of my players did that, he would never play for me again. It’s pathetic.

‘Overall you have to blame Fred but also Solskjaer. The manager has to protect him and the team in that situation so they’re both to blame.’

Neymar gave PSG an early lead at Old Trafford but Manchester United drew level on 32 minutes through Marcus Rashford’s deflected strike.

PSG captain Marquinhos turned home from close range as the visitors took the lead after half-time, just minutes before United lost Fred to go down to ten men.

Neymar scored his second and PSG’s third of the evening in stoppage time to ensure Manchester United will need to get a result at Leipzig to stay in the Champions League.

Assessing United’s chances ahead of next week’s trip to Germany, Owen added: ‘PSG are going to go through so basically it’s a shootout between Manchester United and RB Leipzig.

‘Both teams can score but both teams look vulnerable. United should not go there with any fear.

‘I think they will score goals in Germany so I still fancy Manchester United to get a draw or a win but they’ve made it dangerous for themselves.’

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