Roy Keane leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with egg on his face with harsh comments about Fred

Roy Keane has never been once to mince words.

And during the half-time break of Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Southampton this weekend, the Irishman let Fred fly.

United were 2-0 at the time, and although Fred didn’t play too badly – nor any other Red Devils star – he had given a free kick in a dangerous position, which led to a goal for the Saints.

Keane, lamenting the Brazilian for his “sloppy” play, told Sky Sports: “I would be more critical of Fred. Fred gave the free kick.

“I would be disappointed with my goalie, but I would be more disappointed with Fred for being really lazy and really sloppy. Giving free kicks in this area is like giving a penalty.

Roy Keane has never been once to mince words
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“Turns can happen, obviously you’re going to take that, but the free kick, if you look at Fred closely, I’ve been criticizing him for years.

“My eyes don’t lie to me. Really bad decision, really lazy.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has never responded directly to Keane’s comments, but he is well aware that the Irishman likes to give his team a scathing record every now and then.

It’s no doubt because Keane cares and wants United to do well.

And Solskjaer probably agrees with some of what the former Red Devils captain has to say about United.

Fred pushed his head towards Leandro Paredes
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But, of course, it’s Solskjaer’s job to defend his team; support them and make sure that even in difficult times they play with confidence.

Solskjaer has proven he is a good manager since taking the reins from Jose Mourinho, and so amid criticism the Norwegian has defended Fred.

After United’s win over Everton, Solskjaer said of him: “You see all the tackles Scott and Fred got in the middle there.

“We’re tight, we’re compact, we win the ball, we play, we have spaces, that’s how we want to see these boys. So we are very happy with that. ”

“Scott and Fred did brilliantly together. They are a great partnership. They had that energy in the engine room.

Fred was booked to awkwardly enter Ander Herrera
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“They are always essential for us, so our creative players can go on and create chances, show their magic. They are so disciplined and we are very happy with both of them. ”

And then after the United Champions League clash with RB Leipzig, Solskjaer added: “I’m sure Fred has covered every little blade of grass on this pitch. ”

Fred actually responded to this comment from his boss, telling Esporte Interativo: “I’m very happy with this and happy to be important to the team.

“It is very important that the coach congratulates me. ”

But in all the praise it looks like Solskjaer failed to address the ‘sloppy’ side of Fred’s game that Keane was referring to this weekend.

Fred (not pictured) received a red card
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And the Norwegian ended up with an egg on his face forgetting that and backing Fred against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.

Fred made a reservation in the first half for pushing the lead towards Leandro Paredes.

There wasn’t much in it, and the Paris Saint-Germain star went down in a very theatrical way, but that said, the United midfielder was extremely lucky not to receive a red card.

Solskjaer had the chance to pull Fred out at the break but chose not to.

He even had the opportunity to do it midway through the second half as the game was finely positioned at 1-1, but once again decided against it.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he made a mistake in leaving Fred on
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In the 69th minute, Marquinhos made it 2-1 against PSG and, as United prepared to rally, Fred received his marching orders 60 seconds later for a foul on Ander Herrera.

The second booking was tough considering the Brazilian had the ball.

But it was another reckless and ‘sloppy’ challenge that the midfielder simply did not need at a crucial time for United. And that turned out to be the loss of the Red Devils.

PSG scored again in stoppage time, knocking out the 3-1 winners against United, who have yet to advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Solskjaer did his best to support Fred after the game but ultimately admitted his decision to keep the Brazilian on the pitch while on a yellow was a big mistake on his part.

Solskjaer has supported Fred in the past
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Solskjaer said: “He played really well and he knew he had to stand. It wasn’t a fault and Ander knows it. He knows it. ”

He added: “He was lucky to stay,” Solskjaer said of the first incident. “The referee made a mistake but it’s allowed. ”

“He played well but with the decision the referee maybe made you go back and say you should have [taken him off].

“But there was no reason for his performance to take it off. ”

Solskjaer was not alone in pointing out that the decision to leave Fred on the pitch was a costly mistake, with Michael Owen coming up against the Brazilian on BT Sport.

Manchester United missed the chance to qualify
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“Mistakes all around really,” Owen 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 irritating little things to put your team at risk.

“If I was a manager and one of my players did that, just pure petulance, then he wouldn’t play for me anymore. It’s really pathetic. ”

Former Celtic forward Chris Sutton also shared his feelings, telling the BBC: “I think Solskjaer made a huge mistake. Everything Fred did in the second half, they [PSG’s players] were going to be the arbiter everywhere.

“It was a really bad decision by Fred but an even worse decision by Solskjaer because it ultimately cost them the game. ”

Clinton Morrison agreed, adding: “You have Neymar in [the referee’s] ear at halftime and Fred makes it easier for the referee. Solskjaer could have made changes. ”

Solskjaer is confident the Red Devils will progress
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The defeat leaves United still need a point to advance to the round of 16, but Solskjaer remains defiant as the Red Devils progress.

Solskjaer said: “We know that fate is in our hands.

“We know that we are playing against a good team in Leipzig, which was in the semi-finals last year, but we are also becoming a better team.

“I was very satisfied with the performance except of course they were more clinical. The big games are mostly decided by good margins and this time they were against us. ”

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