Manchester United suffered another humiliating home defeat in the Premier League after Manchester City eased to a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford this afternoon.
While the scoreline may suggest an improved performance from the hosts following their 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool on 24 October, the gulf in class between these two sides was just as clear.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s charges got off to a terrible start when Eric Bailly sliced a Joao Cancelo cross into his own net after just seven minutes, and things only got worse for United from there.
A string of brilliant David de Gea saves kept the Red Devils in the game for the remainder of the opening period before Bernardo Silva capitalised on some extremely slack Luke Shaw defending to double City’s lead on the stroke of half-time.
However, despite the left-back’s dismal efforts, it was arguably Fred who put in the worst showing from the home side as the 20-time English champions failed to land a glove on their local rivals.
As per SofaScore, the Brazil international was awarded a match rating of just 6.3 out of 10, highlighting his hugely ineffective display. During his 80 minutes of action, the 28-year-old won just one of his eight duels (12.5%), lost possession eight times and was dribbled past on a whopping six occasions.
His substandard afternoon earned the criticism of Manchester Evening News reporter Samuel Luckhurst too, with the chief United writer awarding the South American a four out of 10 in his player ratings.
“Lacked the presence and slickness to ever trouble City. He was sarcastically cheered off,” wrote Luckhurst.
Pep Guardiola’s side controlled proceedings from the centre of the pitch from the first minute to the last, completing 753 passes – the most any team has completed in a Premier League match against the Red Devils since the 2003/04 season, according to Opta.
It was another chastening loss for United and Solskjaer, and with tough fixtures against the likes of Villarreal, Chelsea and Arsenal to come in quick succession following the international break, it may be a while before their fortunes improve. On today’s evidence, Fred will be lucky to start when those games come around.