Jamie Redknapp singled out Manchester United midfielder Fred for special praise following their victory over Man City at the weekend.

The Red Devils earned the bragging rights in Manchester with a 2-1 win thanks to first half strikes from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

Rashford and Martial’s goals were enough to give Man United the win at the Etihad

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Rashford and Martial’s goals were enough to give Man United the win at the Etihad

Unfortunately, the derby was overshadowed by a video on social media appearing to show a Man City fan direct a monkey gesture towards Fred in the second half.

The Brazilian was subject to huge hostility from the section of Man City fans at the Etihad Stadium as he prepared to take a corner and was also struck on the back of the neck by an object thrown at him.

City released a statement after the match stating they are aware of the video in question and are ‘working with Greater Manchester Police in order to help them identify any individuals concerned’.

They also promised to issue lifetime bans to any individuals found guilty of racial abuse.

Fred was struck by an object during the Manchester derby and was also allegedly racially abused

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Fred was struck by an object during the Manchester derby and was also allegedly racially abused

Greater Manchester Police confirmed on Sunday morning a 41-year-old male has been arrested in relation to the incident.

This should not detract from Fred’s performance, however; the midfielder was excellent and caused Pep Guardiola’s side all sorts of problems.

Fred has generally struggled since joining the Red Devils, but Redknapp had some very nice words for the midfielder.

In his Daily Mail column, the former Liverpool midfielder wrote: “The player I’m most pleased for is Fred.

Fred had an excellent game on Saturday

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Fred had an excellent game on Saturday

“The stick he received was remarkable. From ‘useless’ to ‘waste of money’, he was called it all. Maybe he is not the answer for Manchester United in the long term. Maybe he won’t be their midfield linchpin for years for to come.

“But he has dug deep and refused to let the critics win. He was superb against City. In the same way everyone was quick to criticise, let’s give him the credit he deserves, too.”

The win at Man City capped off a good week for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who got the better of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham three days earlier.

But Redknapp is still not convinced the club have turned a corner just yet.


He added: “A defeat against Astana and draw at home to Aston Villa one week, then back-to-back wins over Tottenham and Manchester City the next.

“It would be too much to say Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have turned a corner but what an uplifting few days for the Norwegian.

“Marcus Rashford is on fire and getting bums off seats. Mason Greenwood, who I hear does amazing things in training, is such a prospect, too.”

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