Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho will be in Manchester United’s squad this weekend, although Fred’s availability is still unknown.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has slammed the “farcical” scenario that might prohibit Brazil star Fred from playing this weekend.
Because Brazil is on the United Kingdom’s travel red list owing to the coronavirus outbreak, United prevented Fred from joining his national team for their triple-header of September World Cup qualifiers.
Players would have to stay at a hotel for at least 10 days after returning, putting them out for at least three matches.
The Brazilian Football Confederation, on the other hand, has requested FIFA to implement a rule that prevents players who have not been freed from representing their nations for at least five days.
Fred will not be available for selection against Newcastle United on Saturday if this is the case, but United is still waiting for formal confirmation.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has joined Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp in calling for FIFA to show some common sense.
“For everyone, national teams, players, and clubs, it’s a loss, lose, lose situation,” he stated during a pre-match press conference on Friday. “It’s all a farce.”
“The guys are eager to participate. We are well aware of the position in which we find ourselves. We’ve got to scramble to find a solution, yet every choice has gone against the players.
“I’m dissatisfied with the overall situation.” We’ll have to prepare without Fred, but fingers crossed that some reason will prevail and we’ll be able to employ him.”
Only defender Harry Maguire (152) has completed more successful passes (133), while only Aaron Wan-Bissaka (five) has intercepted the ball more times for United this season (four).
While the availability of the 28-year-old remains unknown, Solskjaer has announced that returning striker Cristiano Ronaldo will make his second appearance this weekend.
Despite withdrawing from the England team with an injury, Jadon Sancho is also eligible for United, who have seven points from the opening nine games.
“Jadon has returned with a small issue, but he’s been training the previous few days,” Solskjaer added.
“He’s upset he won’t be able to play for England, but he’s determined to stay in shape and be available. That’s a good thing.
“During the international break, no one was hurt.
Luke [Shaw], Harry [Maguire], and Victor [Lindelof] all played late on Wednesday night, so they haven’t got much time to rest, but they should be OK.”
United have only lost one of their previous 36 home league games against Newcastle (W26 D9), with that setback coming under David Moyes in December 2013.
Meanwhile, United have scored at least once in each of their past 14 Premier League home games, totaling 40 goals (2.9 per game).