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Man Utd fans celebrate Fred’s FIFA suspension ahead of Newcastle clash

Manchester United fans are celebrating the news that Fred is unavailable for Saturday's clash with Newcastle.

The midfielder is one of eight Premier League players who will be suspended this weekend after Brazilian football authorities triggered a FIFA rule to stop them appearing.

Players not released by clubs during the international break can be banned for five days after the window ends.

Brazilian implement the ban after the Premier League prevented players from appearing for their country if it meant travelling to a country on the UK government's red list.

The top-flight's decision predominantly affected South American countries, including Brazil, which means Fred stands to miss United's matches with Newcastle and Young Boys, unless a compromise is sought.

For now though, Fred will be unavailable for the Old Trafford clash – not that fans are particularly bothered.

Some supporters took to social media to praise the ban after realising the Brazilian would not be able to feature.

One Twitter user said: "Blessing in disguise for Donny to get a start ahead of Fred for Utd for him."

Another added: "It doesn’t affect United, it enhances them and gives them a significant advantage in midfield."

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A third person commented: "Thats a blessing not having to watch Fred lose the ball this weekend."

Someone else joked: "The only good news here and that’s if it’s true is that I don’t get to see Fred play this weekend."

Others replied using gifs and memes to express their delight.

Fred's absence would give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a huge dilemma in midfield with Scott McTominay also unavailable because of injury.

It could mean a rare start for Donny van de Beek, who has been used sparingly since moving to United from Ajax last summer.

According to reports, all clubs affected by the shock ban have been notified of the situation by FIFA and are considering next steps.

Talks are continuing behind the scenes as Premier League look to find a resolution to the issue.

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