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Manchester United: Fred was poor against West Ham

Manchester United survived a dramatic late scare to continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League season, seeing off West Ham United 2-1 at the London Stadium.

David Moyes made the controversial decision to bring on club captain Mark Noble to take a 95th-minute penalty with his first touch, but the skipper was denied by David de Gea.

The Spanish shot-stopper saved his first spot-kick in the top-flight since October 2014 on his 22nd attempt, sealing all three points for the Red Devils.

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It rounded off an exciting comeback victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s charges after they initially fell behind thanks to a deflected Said Benrahma strike.

But Cristiano Ronaldo’s fourth goal in just three games leveled things up in the first half before substitute Jesse Lingard curled in a fabulous effort in the 89th minute to put United ahead.

However, it was a largely underwhelming display for the visitors, and one player in particular was below his best, adding to United’s struggles during their time in the capital.

Was Fred the worst player for United?

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Yes, definitely!

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No way!

As per SofaScore, Fred received a match rating of just 6.7 out of 10, the joint-lowest tally awarded to any player amongst his teammates.

The Brazilian international won just five of his 12 duels during his time on the pitch, lost possession 12 times and was dribbled past on a whopping five occasions by an opposition player, showing that he did not do the job that he’s in the team to do.

Fred’s role in the side is to provide defensive stability, allowing United’s attackers more freedom to flourish, but he was not able to do that at the London Stadium as his performance let his manager, and his fellow teammates, down.

Solskjaer decided to bring off the 28-year-old late on as his side searched for a winning goal, and the United boss may be tempted to start with an alternative midfield pairing next time out after the South American’s sub-par performance over the weekend.

And, in other news…Forget Lingard: Man Utd gem who won 100% of his duels was Ole’s real star against WHU 

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