Fred stopped Leandro Paredes from intimidating Marcus Rashford before PSG penalty


Forget everything that came before, because Fred was unstoppable for Manchester United during their comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.

Having been labelled a terrible signing, spending game after game on the bench and falling to the bottom of the pecking order, the Brazilian showed his true quality in the French capital.

It was a game that will go down in Champions League history with United doing what no team had done before, overcoming a two-goal deficit going into the away leg.

Romelu Lukaku fired the Red Devils into the lead within a matter of minutes, only for Juan Bernat to deliver a cruel reality check swiftly afterwards.

Nevertheless, a terrible error from Gianluigi Buffon allowed Lukaku to double his tally and with full-time just seconds away, the away side were awarded a penalty.

PSG 1-3 Man Utd (3-3)

Say what you like about the decision to penalise Presnel Kimpembe for handball, but Marcus Rashford made no mistake from the sport and fired United through to the quarter-finals.

Throughout that entire narrative, Fred was absolutely domineering in midfield and alongside Scott McTominay, wracked up enough kilometres to try his hand at marathon training.

However, the former Shakhtar Donetsk man even had an influence on the winning penalty itself, showing the kind of United spirit he's missed, to defend Rashford under pressure. 


Fred helped protect Rashford

It was a point raised by Barney Roney in the Guardian, writing: "With the referee’s back turned, Leandro Paredes wandered into the area pointing and shouting, creating another diversion.

"Before he could get to Rashford a stocky figure in United’s prawn-salad away shirt came racing across to intercept, pushing Paredes in the chest, backing him up.

"Get in there, Fred! Fred the outcast, too meek for the Premier League, bullying a beefy Argentinian out of the area to give his mate space to breathe in all that noise."

Was that the case? Absolutely.

Footage shows Fred, having already cleared the initial scuffle, running back into the penalty area when he saw Paredes trying to intimidate Rashford.

He then proceeded to shove the ex-Chelsea target out of the way and cleared a number of his PSG teammates with the help of Romelu Lukaku. Check out the moment here:  

Well in, Fred.

The pressure on Rashford's shoulders during that moment was truly immense and his ability to perform under that level of stress is remarkable for a 20-year-old.

That's not to mention the fact he was made to wait for a prolonged period of time and - his spot kick in the Colombia shootout aside - he's never taken a senior penalty in his life. 

Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

However, the intervention of Fred would certainly have helped him, making sure that Paredes didn't do anything to further distract him.

Try as they might, the Parisians couldn't stop Rashford.

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