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Fred returned to the starting line-up against Young Boys.

Manchester United fans noticed the impact Fred's substitution had during Young Boys win

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Manchester United are through to the Champions League knockout stages after victory over Young Boys on Tuesday night.

Man United were frustrated throughout and it looked as if the game would end in a 0-0 draw.

But Marouane Fellaini popped up in stoppage time to ensure United's qualification from Group H.

Jose Mourinho was happy that his team secured their progression with a game to spare.

"It is a very difficult group and to qualify with one match to go is very good," Mourinho said after the game, per the Guardian.

"The performance had good things but also a lot of disappointing things. We lost too many crucial chances.

"This is the kind of game where if you score in the first minute, you go for a different performance. But it is still very difficult to score.

"David had only one save in the whole game but it is a phenomenal save.”

Mourinho rung the changes for the game, with the most notable of those being Fred's return to the starting lineup.

The Brazilian midfielder was United's marquee signing in the summer but his first team chances have been limited so far this term.

Fred's chances in United's first team have been limited so far this season

He had been left on the bench for United's previous three games but he returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday.

But how do United fans think he did? On the whole, it seems they were very impressed.

Fred showed energy in midfield as he connected play from defence to attack.

And many were happy with how quickly he moved the ball despite not playing regularly in the past few weeks.

Despite arguably being his side's best player, Mourinho decided to sub Fred off in the 65th minute.

And United fans noticed how the tempo in their side's play dropped notably after his exit.

Interesting. Fred had a good game against Young Boys and his influence was plain to see after he went off.

His performance may even have convinced Mourinho to give him his second consecutive start when United travel to Southampton on Saturday.

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Fred Rodrigues de Paula Santos
Jose Mourinho
David De Gea
Marouane Fellaini
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