Manchester United may have secured three points on their trip to Bournemouth this week, but it certainly wasn't a vintage performance.
Jose Mourinho's men have slowly rediscovered their form since the hectic win over Newcastle and it took a last-gasp goal from Marcus Rashford to extend that positive streak.
However, it could easily have been so much different with Callum Wilson firing an in-form Bournemouth team into the lead after just 11 minutes.
The Red Devils looked shaky in defence and midfield, requiring a goal from Anthony Martial to steady the ship and allowing Mourinho to breathe a sigh of relief.
After the game, the United boss would go onto lament: "I was the luckiest manager in the Premier League because to be 1-1 in a half where it should be like 5-2 or 6-2, we were really lucky because we were really poor.
Debate over Fred's performance
"We didn't press... the work we did during the week – I feel like people watching this game won't believe how hard we trained this week."
And one source of frustration for some United fans was the performance of Fred, who has struggled to impress during first few months in the Premier League.
Journalist Samuel Luckhurst was particularly critical of the Brazilian and even awarded him a 1/10 when compiling his player ratings for Manchester Evening News.
Man Utd fans react to journalist's tweet
"Pep Guardiola cannot have seriously considered signing him, could he? The £52million misfit is still yet to produce an acceptable performance. This was his poorest," Luckhurst penned in his report.
Not only that, but the writer decided to make a similar comment on his Twitter page and it quickly attracted attention from United fans.
Although they weren't blown away by Fred's display themselves, they couldn't allow him to come in for such brutal and Manchester City-related criticism.
Check out the tweet and the replies below:
Sorry Luckhurst, but the United fandom strongly disagrees with you here.
It must be admitted that Fred hasn't shown the kind of form you'd associate from a United or City transfer target, yet it's still early days and adapting to English football is never easy.
The 25-year-old has great reason to feel aggrieved with a match rating of 1/10 and he'll have to use it as inspiration to ramp up his performance levels at Old Trafford.
In terms of competing with the club's other midfielders, it's certainly a mix bag and Nemanja Matic was another player who came in for criticism.
On the other hand, Ander Herrera looked impressive when he was introduced and supplied a balance that was much appreciated by Mourinho.
The road ahead will undoubtedly be tough for Fred but he's got Manchester United fans behind him, for now.
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