Conspiracy theories spread about what’s happened to Fred at Man United

Fred’s no-show vs Crystal Palace

Prior to Saturday’s match between Man United and Crystal Palace, the Guardian had felt confident that Fred would play.

Readers were told the following last Friday:

Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic played so poorly (against Man City) that dropping them this weekend is practically mandatory, so Saturday could be the right time to give Fred another opportunity to recapture the form that made United buy him.

Well, that prediction was wholly wrong.

Fred was named on the Man United bench against Palace. He didn’t come on.

Remember, Fred joined Man United from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52 million in the summer.

At the time, United fans hailed the signing which they has pinched form under Man City’s nose.

But where’s Fred now?

The Brazilian’s last league appearance was away at Bournemouth, where he lasted 55 minutes before getting the hook. He’s not been seen since.

In total, Fred has played no part in six league matches for United this season.

Conspiracy theories: What’s happened to Fred at Man United?

Several reasons are popping up to try to explain what’s gone wrong for Fred at Old Trafford.

Richard Jolly, writing for FourFourTwo last week, threw up several suggestions for Fred’s absence.

Reason one. Fred is too small:

His 5ft 7in frame means he’s a Lilliputian figure in Jose Mourinho’s supersized midfield mix.

Reason two. Jose Mourinho never wanted Fred:

The reality is that Mourinho has never started Fred in a midfield duo… Perhaps he was not a Mourinho buy.

Social media theories on Fred

Others on social media have tried to work out why Fred has been frozen out at Man United.

Some of the more eye-catching comments are below.

Also see: When Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka had Man United’s Anthony Martial chasing shadows.

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