Fred becomes Man Utd's 500th goalscorer with first goal for the club

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The Brazilian midfielder opened his account for the Red Devils against Wolves, and became a notable scorer in the team's illustrious history

Fred has become the 500th player to score a goal for Manchester United.

The Brazil international fired home from the edge of the box after Paul Pogba's delightful pass during United's clash with Wolves on Saturday, and won the distinction of being the 500th player to hit the back of the net in all competitions, excluding own goals.

Signed from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer for a £52 million fee, Fred had been left out of both of United's recent wins over Burnley and Watford, but he completed 69 minutes in the 3-0 Champions League win over Young Boys in midweek, prior to his start against the promoted side.

Of course, Fred will have to hit the back of the net a few more times to match the leading goalscorers in United history, with Wayne Rooney the current leading scorer.

Now at D.C. United, Rooney hit 253 goals between 2004 and 2017, ahead of second-placed Sir Bobby Charlton, who scored 249 goals between 1956 and 1973.

 

 

The highest-scoring player currently at United is attacking midfielder Juan Mata, who has netted 39 times, with Anthony Martial just two behind on 37.

Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku have 32 and 31 goals respectively, with Antonio Valencia next on 25.

As it stands, Fred joins the likes of goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, defender Jaap Stam and left-back Luke Shaw on one goal for United.

The moment will have been extra special for the Brazilian as former manager Sir Alex Ferguson was there to see the ball ripple the net after making a recovery from a brain haemorrhage.

The 76-year-old was pictured arriving at the ground ahead of United's match against Wolves in the Premier League, and told MUTV of his health.

 

 

“I’m really good. Obviously, it’s been a long journey. I’m gradually making steps forward, doing what my surgeon tells me and the doctors tell me so, yeah, I’m really good," he said.

“I’m a bit nervous (about being back at Old Trafford) to be honest with you, maybe a bit tense really because I think my last game was Arsenal back in April some time, so it’s a long time. But it’s great to be back and I just hope we get a win today.”

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