Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes agreed that Fred was lucky to only be shown a yellow card in the first half of Manchester United’s Champions League game against PSG.
In a fractious first half, an incident between Fred and PSG’s Leandro Paredes saw referee Daniele Orsato sent to the pitchside monitor on the advice of VAR.
Despite the United midfielder appearing to move his head towards his PSG counterpart, Orsato opted to show a yellow card.
Speaking at half-time on BT Sport, Ferdinand admitted the Brazilian may have seen red on a different day.
He said: “He’s a lucky boy, let’s be honest.
“There’s been a few occasions in the first half where he could have got at least a yellow card. There was a coming together of players.
“There was a bit of a discussion about things and obviously he moved his head and motioned towards the player.
“He makes a meal of it, yes, but in today’s game Fred’s lucky to be on that pitch.”
He added: “I’d have liked a little camera in the tunnel, it looked like it was going to go off in there.”
Paul Scholes agreed but said the incident brought a needle to the game that he enjoyed watching.
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Manchester United secured a dramatic comeback victory at Southampton on Sunday, largely thanks to Edinson Cavani’s two goals off the bench.
Bruno Fernandes’ goal set Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on course to battle back from 2-0 down at St Mary’s, giving United a third successive Premier League win.
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Scholes said: “He’s very lucky and he’s been involved in a couple of challenges.
“Ole might have to think about taking him off and bringing Van de Beek on because United have been in control of possession.
“It might be worth bringing another creative player on but Fred’s got to be very careful.
“I’ve enjoyed that about the game, there’s been a bit of needle about it and some technical play.
“It’s been really good to watch.”
Fred didn’t learn his first-half lesson, though, as he saw red with 20 minutes of the clash left.