Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was heard aiming an expletive insult at his own teammate during the Premier League stalemate at Leeds.
The Red Devils endured a frustrating afternoon at Elland Road on Sunday as they were unable to unpick Marcelo Bielsa’s side and had to settle for a 0-0 draw.
Although Maguire marshalled the Manchester United defence to a clean sheet, he was hugely frustrated with Fred at one point in the second half.
The England international appeared to take issue with Fred’s positioning in the 72nd minute and told him that in no uncertain terms, calling the Brazilian midfielder a “f***ing idiot”.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quizzed on the incident after the match and insisted it was merely the product of his side’s “high standards”.
“We have got a group that demands a lot of each other,” the Red Devils boss told reporters. “The standard is high, both on training and in a game, it is not just about being a nice guy.
“We demand maximum effort. I was really proud of how strong we looked.
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“I never thought they threatened our goal in the second half but we missed a little bit of spark to win the game.”
Maguire also faced the press after the full-time whistle but did not comment on the incident, instead turning his attention to the Red Devils’ Europa League semi-final with Roma on Thursday.
He told Sky Sports : “It was tight. We had control of the game without punishing them.
“We knew how they would play, our attacking players love a one v one but today it wasn’t to be.
“We kept them to a minimum, we were solid. We just couldn’t find that edge. The intensity was there, both teams were trying to play the right way.
“Bruno Fernandes had the best chance of the game and on another day he puts it in the back of the net and we take the points. It’s a big week for us.”
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