Manchester United fans have savagely called for Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic to retire after he was left humiliated by Fred.
United had a superb start to the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Atletico, before they eventually suffered a 1-0 (2-1 on aggregate) defeat. The Red Devils’ fast start was best encapsulated by midfield magician Fred, who oozed confidence early on.
The Brazilian’s most eye-catching moment came in the 20th minute with a sublime bit of skill. As an over-hit through ball into the Atletico box by Bruno Fernandes appeared to be heading out, Fred stunned fans with a world-class show of creativity.
He was seemingly headed nowhere as herculean defender Savic looked to have shut him out. But the Red Devils ace used his quick-feet and intelligence to knock it beyond the Serbian on the by-line.
Unfortunately for United, he was unable to pick out star-man Cristiano Ronaldo in the box and Atletico were able to clear their lines.
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But fans quickly took to Twitter to voice their appreciation despite the lack of end product, with clips of the skill flooding social media. One supporter tweeted in reply: “If they scored from that and I was the Athleti defender I'd retire on the spot.”
Others lauded their in-form star’s samba-style footwork, saying: “This Fred skill was INSANE. He is Brazilian after all.” Another added: “Fred finally got his Brazilian passport.”
United could not make their early pressure pay and were given a huge warning when Joao Felix’s goal was ruled out for offside in the first-half. The Spanish side did not make the same mistake for their second as Renan Lodi headed it past David de Gea in the 41st.
Ralf Rangnick’s side pushed for an equaliser in the second-half but were unable to break through Atletico’s defence and the imperious Jan Oblak in goal. Their subsequent defeat became their sixth elimination in their past eight Champions League knock-out ties.
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