Manchester United could reportedly be without Fred this weekend after news emerged of Brazil’s plea to FIFA.
The tenacious midfielder has proven to be a player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer often relies on in the middle of the park.
Fred must be doing something right as United didn’t prioritise a central-midfield signing last summer, instead choosing to focus on the right-wing and centre-back positions.
The Red Devils may find themselves facing a minor crisis in the engine room as they look to grab all three points against Newcastle United.
To those not clear, Brazil can do this because they selected players who were subsequently not released by their clubs. https://t.co/WlCSm3BbE5
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) September 8, 2021
Scott McTominay has only just returned to training following surgery and so isn’t expected to start.
It could even be argued that Solskjaer has avoided using Van de Beek in midfield, meaning a partnership of Matic and Pogba may start.
The pair complement each other on paper in the sense that the former can do the dirty work while the latter keeps things ticking in midfield.
However, Matic’s lack of mobility could be exposed while Pogba’s not exactly known for his defending.
Nonetheless, a win vs Newcastle is still expected and fans are hoping Ronaldo can make his second debut in style.