Fred ‘was the butt of dressing room jokes at Manchester United’ as he arranged his marriage for pre-season because he thought he’d be away at Copa America… but Brazil did not even select the £52m flop in their squad
- Fred booked his wedding for July after expecting to be part of the Copa America
- Brazil dropped the midfielder after a disappointing debut season for Man Utd
- Fred has struggled for form after joining the club from Shakhtar Donetsk
Manchester United players reportedly mocked midfielder Fred’s decision to get married during pre-season after he mistakenly thought he would make Brazil’s Copa America squad.
The Brazilian midfielder missed the first chunk of United’s summer tour due to his wedding being booked for July.
He assumed that he would be unable to marry his partner at the end of last season due to Brazil’s participation in the summer’s Copa America.
Fred was ‘butt of dressing room’ jokes after booking his marriage around the Copa America
However after a poor season last year, he was dropped by Brazil and didn’t even make the squad.
According to The Times, Fred has been paying the price for his summer gaffe and became the ‘butt of the jokes’.
Having booked his wedding for July 14, the Brazilian reportedly had to plead with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get time off.
Fred made his first league start of the season during Manchester United’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle
Fred’s poor performances for Manchester United meant he was dropped from the Brazil squad
The 26-year-old midfielder has struggled to live up to his £52m price tag since he joined the club from Shaktar Donetsk in the summer of 2018.
So far the Brazilian has made 24 starts since joining United, only scoring one goal.
After failing to impress under Jose Mourinho there was hopes that Solskjaer would get the best out of the club’s fourth biggest signing of all time.
However despite the departures of Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini, he has been unable to hold down a first team place with the manager preferring Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira for United’s midfield.
He started for United for the first time in the league this season in their last outing during a 1-0 loss to Newcastle United.