MANCHESTER UNITED fans loved how Fred stuck up for Marcus Rashford before the winning penalty at Parc des Princes.
The Brazilian midfielder, 26, jumped to his team-mate's defence when the Paris Saint-Germain players tried to intimidate him.
Getty Images – Getty3 Fred rushed to the scene to help out Marcus Rashford before the penalty was taken
United were on the verge of going out when Diogo Dalot's shot struck Presnel Kimpembe's arm inside the area.
And the visitors had to wait around on the pitch while referee Damir Skomina went to the Video Assisted Referee.
After Rashford decided to put himself forward to take it, the PSG stars immediately tried to get under his skin.
Leonardo Parades tried his best to upset the 21-year-old England striker, but Fred rushed to the scene to help out his team-mate.
AFP or licensors3 Fred made sure no PSG players were able to distract Marcus Rashford
Fred running over to keep Bernat away from Rashford just before he took the penalty – showed real leadership here 👏🏼 Fred the RED. #mufc pic.twitter.com/Hsvsdyrtue
— ManUnitedZone (@ManUnitedZone_) March 7, 2019
The Brazilian charged into the penalty area and bravely guided the furious PSG stars out of the way.
Rashford stole the headlines when he converted from the spot to send United into the quarter-finals.
But fans on social media praised Fred for his part in the winning goal at Parc des Princes.
One wrote: "Loved Fred clearing out the wind up merchants before the penalty."
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Let's not forget how Fred intervened when PSG players were rushing towards Rashford trying to distract him before taking the penalty. Samba agenda dropped @Fred08oficial 🙏🏼❤
— Jíthu (@futbolsinistro) March 7, 2019
And big credit to Fred (I think it was Fred) who sprinted across in the build up to the penalty to stop the PSG players getting to Rashford and distracting him. Saw England lads do it before Kane vs Colombia, too. Intelligent.
— Joshua Jones (@_joshuajones) March 6, 2019
Just noticed Fred stopping the PSG players trying to intimidate Rashford before he took the penalty last night. Probably his greatest contribution in a United shirt so far! #mufc
— Sam Carney (@SamCarneyJourno) March 7, 2019
Lukaku celebrating in front of Di Maria is the second best bit of the penalty. The first, Fred running interference. pic.twitter.com/jt7pE0ooJn
— Josh Busby (@JoshBusby9) March 7, 2019
Loved Fred clearing out the wind up merchants before the penalty 🇾🇪🇾🇪🇾🇪🇾🇪🇾🇪🇾🇪 #UTFR
— Phil Barker 🐝 (@pjb2501) March 6, 2019
Fred's the type of player you want in you team; Sprints in the box to stop Bernat playing physiological games with Rashford before the penalty.
— Calum MacMillan (@CalumMac1997) March 6, 2019
When Rashford was preparing to take the pen, a couple of PSG players wanted to walk up to him, presumably to mess with his head. But Fred raced ahead, blocked their path and pushed them away.
He didn't just boss the midfield. He stood for the badge tonight. Class!
— Keeshaanan Sundaresan (@KeeshSundaresan) March 6, 2019
While another added: "Nowhere near enough mentioning of Fred sticking up for Rashford before the penalty."
Fred has failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford since he joined from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52m last summer.
But Solskjaer praised the 26-year-old for his breakthrough performance during the last-16 tie.
At the post-match conference, Solskjaer said: "That was probably Fred's breakthrough for us. You can see why we signed him.
"He's got the mentality of a Brazil international, he is a Brazil international, he gets on the ball, no fear, no doubt whatsoever.
"And we played a system today he used to play at Shakhtar and that's why we signed him."
3 Fred rushed into the area to stop the PSG players from interfering