“This is painful” – Manchester United fans react after Fred played as no.10 vs Real Sociedad

"This is painful" - Manchester United fans react after Fred played as no.10 vs Real Sociedad

Manchester United fans were obviously surprised by Erik ten Hag’s decision to play Fred as a no.10 against Real Sociedad on Thursday night in the Europa League.

Man United got to a losing start in their European campaign after they succumbed to 1-0 defeat against the Spanish side.

Erik ten Hag decided to make a string of changes to the starting lineup that won four Premier League games in a row against Real Sociedad but he received a backlash after his gamble backfired.

Among the changes the Dutchman did was Fred starting ahead of Bruno Fernandes in a no.10 position, behind Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Brazilian didn’t impress Manchester United fans as he has played more as a deep lying midfielder rather and fans took their frustration to Twitter to slam Ten Hag and Fred’s poor performance.

Christian Eriksen, who started the game as well, maintained his deep-lying role alongside fellow new signing, Casemiro, although many thought the Dane was going play behind Ronaldo.

“fred as a #10 top 5 worst players i’ve ever seen,” said a Twitter user. 

“I cant believe I’m watching Fred as a 10. What did I do to deserve this,” another said.

Don’t wanna see Fred as a 10 anymore. Bruno needs to be on. Sancho on for Elanga early in the 2nd half,” another user tweeted. 

“Lindelof RB, Fred as a 10, Maguire CB, is he trynna lose this game on purpose,” another concerned United fan said. 

“why tf was ten hag playing fred as a 10,” a disappointed fan tweeted. 

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A strong claim by a fan: “ETH messed up yesterday,starting Fred as a 10 is sabotage,removing Dalot to make lindelof play RB is rubbish,then removing Eriksen instead of Fred who was the worst player in the first half didn’t help,a Fred-Casemiro pivot with Bruno as 10 has no carrier at all in the midfield.”

At least the Queen didn’t have to see Fred as a 10,” tweeted a user. 

One commented: “Fred as a 10 is like pulling teeth with a Pliers.”

First Erik ten Hag mistake: Fred as a 10. That was so weird,” a user pointed out Ten Hag’s mistake. 

“Very frustrating half. Fred as a 10 is baffling, Elanga isn’t good enough, need more from Antony,” tweeted another frustrated fan. 

Shaq tweeted: “Why has Erik made me watch 4 midfield masterclasses in a row and then given me Fred as a 10. This is painful.”