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Have you ever heard that story about Sir Alex Ferguson blaming his Manchester United's team's kit for a forgettable match against Southampton? Either way, I don't know whether Fred can use that as his excuse after his bizzare pass at St. Marys this weekend.
That game in question was the 6-3 defeat at Southampton's old ground The Dell in October 1996 in which Ferguson ordered his team to change kits at half-time, he was that convinced his players couldn't see each other on the pitch.
United, wearing their change strip of Navy, Yellow and Black this weekend, were held to a 1-1 draw in round 2 of the Premier League fixtures with Mason Greenwood's second half strike cancelling out Che Adams opener for the hosts.
It was the Brazilian midfielder Fred, scoring and so impressive in the 5-1 demolition of Leeds United last weekend, who had Manchester United fans puzzled at one stage of the game.
On the right side of the pitch and under no pressure midway into the Saints half, his attempt to punch a pass into Aaron Wan-Bissaka instead found the advertising board.
Its evidence as to why many Manchester United fans want to see Declan Rice brought into the United midfield, with Fred's lapse of concentration often in question and observations today lead to the belief that the 28-year-old was unable to control the tempo of the game on the South Coast, something United fans will find worrying if they are to challenge for major honours once more.
Yes he is human - and people make mistakes - but the fact Fred was unable to play a pass 15 yards away on his stronger foot is sure to bring scrutiny under the microscope of the Premier League and a club like Manchester United.
Both Fred and Manchester United will be looking to get back to the levels of his performance at Old Trafford last weekend when his team host Wolves next Sunday.
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