Man Utd fans make Fred U-turn after outstanding stats on Rangnicks first game

Manchester United fans have backtracked on their criticism of Fred after his winner capped off an “outstanding” game against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Fred scored the only goal of the match at Old Trafford as new manager Ralf Rangnick marked his first game in charge with three points.

The midfielder has come under criticism for his performances this season with the Red Devils having struggled to take control of matches and under-performed in the Premier League.

But it appears the 28-year-old’s recent run of form has forced United fans to make a swift U-turn with regards to their judgement of the player.

Statistics guru Statman Dave posted the Brazilian’s excellent numbers from the Palace match on Twitter, much to the delight of United supporters.

The stats showed Fred made seven successful tackles, won 10 duels and made seven ball recoveries alongside his match-winner.

One enthusiastic fan responded to the tweet, saying: “This performance is one for the ages.”

Another added: “He’s been our best player in the last three weeks or so.”

A third simply said: “FREDEMPETION.”

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Meanwhile on Reddit, another fan agreed with the sentiment by saying: “Ever since the Watford game Fred has been unbelievable. And not just as a defensive midfielder, but almost an attacking one too, he's been setting up tons of our chances through his pressing, runs into the boxes and now a goal as well.”

Fred’s clumsy yet somehow pivotal display against Arsenal further reiterated his capacity to be both the hero and villain for Man United.

The holding-midfielder was at fault for stepping on David de Gea in the lead up to the Gunners’ goal and constantly misplaced passes in the first-half.

But he swiftly turned it around by setting up Bruno Fernandes’ goal and winning a penalty to secure a 3-2 victory.

United will be hoping he keeps up his scintillating performances heading into the busy festive schedule, where they next face Young Boys in the Champions League before a trip to Norwich.

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