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Fred struggles for Man Utd in frustrating draw vs Newcastle United

Manchester United midfielder Fred had a difficult outing against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The Brazil international made his first league start for the Red Devils since August after Christian Eriksen missed the game through illness.

Fred had the chance to impose himself and prove his worth to the manager but unfortunately, he was one of the worst performers for United.

The 29-year-old was more than decent with a pass accuracy of 88 per cent, but won just three out of 12 duels contested while losing possession 16 times.

Aside from this, he also squandered a splendid scoring opportunity in the 88th minute as he slashed his effort wide of an open goal in front of him.

Marcus Rashford did superbly to round the goalkeeper in the box before putting the ball on the plate for Fred, who slashed his shot wide of the mark.

Right at the end, Rashford missed a golden scoring chance of his own. These two moments proved to be costly as the Red Devils settled for a 0-0 draw.

Fred has been playing second fiddle to Eriksen for the number eight role this term. His starting chances are unlikely to improve after today’s showing.

Meanwhile, United fans should be frustrated with the draw, considering the gap to the final Champions League spot has now extended to three points.

Newcastle also had chances in the opening half, but United should have capitalised on theirs.

United have no time to ponder over the result with Tottenham Hotspur to face at home on Wednesday night before a trip to Chelsea on Saturday.

The finishing has been far from impressive over the past two outings and there needs to be a vast improvement against the London clubs.

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