- Fred appeared offended with a run Harry Maguire made during their cagey draw against old foes Leeds United at Elland Road
- Maguire retaliated by insulting the Brazilian midfielder, with the pitch microphones recording him
- Solskjaer, however, played down the incident when queried, suggesting it is good for the development of the team
- The draw left the Red Devils sitting 10 points behind league leaders, Man City, with five matches left to end the season
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has jumped into the defence of Harry Maguire after the Man United skipper was heard calling teammate insulting Fred during their disappointing draw against Leeds on Sunday, April 25.
The cagey affair saw neither side fail to find the back of the net as they settled for a point each at Elland Road.
United clearly missed their spark upfront and creativeness in midfield, with the result denying them a glorious chance to close in on league leaders Man City.
Despite their lackluster performance, it was an embarrassing incident pitting Maguire and Fred which became a big talking point after the match.
Metro UK reports the two players clashed after Fred appeared to take offence with a run Maguire had made.
Unable to contain his cool, the Red Devils captain lashes out at the Brazilian midfielder, with mics at the pitch picking out his insult to Fred.
Reacting to the incident, Solskjaer downplayed the exchange during his post-match interview, saying the onfield row was a by-product of two teammates who demand the maximum from each other.
"We have a group that demands a lot of each other," Ole said when asked about the argument between the pair.
"The standards are high, in training and in the game. It’s not just about being a nice guy and cajoling each other," the Norwegian added.
The draw at Elland Road left United 10 points behind City on the league standings with just five matches left to end the season.
The Old Trafford dwellers will now set their sights on the upcoming Europa League semi-final meeting with AS Roma on Thursday, April 29.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer were inducted into the Hall of Fame of the English topflight division following their outstanding achievements for the respective clubs.
Arsenal's Henry and Blackburn and Newcastle's Shearer have been prolific since the Premier League started in 1992.
The individual award, which is first in its making, is only eligible for players who must have retired as of August 1, 2020.