Brazil international Fred was sent off during United’s 3-1 defeat to French champions PSG at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
The 27-year-old could have seen red after clashing with Leandro Paredes in the first half and pushing his head towards the PSG star.
Fred was fortunate to only receive a yellow card but was sent off later in the match for a foul on former Manchester United star Ander Herrera.
PSG took control of the Champions League tie following Fred’s dismissal and went on to clinch a 3-1 win to leave United’s European hopes hanging in the balance.
The result leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side level with PSG and RB Leipzig on nine points in Group H and knowing they need a draw away to the German side next Tuesday to progress to the last 16.
Reacting to Fred’s display against PSG, former Manchester United and England striker Owen told BT Sport: ‘Mistakes all around really.
‘It [the clash with Paredes] was a red card. You’re a grown man, you don’t need to do a petulant thing like that to put your team at risk.
‘If I was a manager, and one of my players did that, he would never play for me again. It’s pathetic.
‘Overall you have to blame Fred but also Solskjaer. The manager has to protect him and the team in that situation so they’re both to blame.’
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