Michael Owen says Fred would never play for him again if he was manager of Manchester United after his “pathetic” sending off on Wednesday night.
Fred was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the second half of the 3-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. But in reality the Brazilian should have seen red in the first half after what looked like a headbutt on Leandro Paredes.
It left former United striker fuming with Fred, who has struggled to get the fans onside at Old Trafford.
“Mistakes all round really,” Owen told BT Sport.
“It [the clash with Paredes] was a red card. You’re a grown man, you don’t need to do a petulant thing like that to put your team at risk.
“If I was a manager, and one of my players did that, he would never play for me again. It’s pathetic.
“Overall you have to blame Fred but also Solskjaer. The manager has to protect him and the team in that situation so they’re both to blame.”
“Fred shouldn’t put his head towards him,” the manager told BT Sport. “I don’t think he touches him but, still, you don’t do that. So it’s either nothing or a red card.
“I thought he was lucky to stay on when the referee decided to give him anything.”
Solskjaer points finger at Herrera
Solskjaer also confirmed that he had thought about taking Fred off at half-time but opted to keep him on the pitch.
Fred then received a second yellow for a challenge on ex-United midfielder Ander Herrera. United’s midfielder appeared to win the ball against the Spaniard but also caught his man.
Speaking about his reasons for keeping Fred on the pitch, Solskjaer insisted that Herrera knew the challenge should not have seen Fred leave the field.
Asked about whether he thought about withdrawing Fred at the break, the Norwegian said: “Yeah, but Fred has played really well and we spoke about staying calm and staying on your feet and the second yellow card is nowhere near a foul.
“So Ander knows that as well. He definitely knows.”