MANCHESTER UNITED legend Peter Schmeichel has shocked fans by bizarrely naming Fred as his favourite current Red Devils player.
The former goalkeeper, 56, baffled many with his surprise pick.
During a Q&A with fans, Schmeichel was asked who his favourite player had been this season, to which he replied: ''Fred''.
Even Fred himself seemed taken aback and revealed he was honoured to be the Dane's top pick.
He sad on Twitter: ''This is an honor (sic) for me.
''The best goalkeeper in the history of Manchester United.''
Fans were left astounded at the response from one of their club heroes, with one supporter asking, simply: ''Just one question – why.''
Another fan seemed surprise Schmeichel didn't pick the current Manchester United No1 as he tweeted: ''He's not De Gea mate.''
While a third responded by sticking up for David De Gea, writing: ''Why you gotta do De Gea like that, ouch.''
Brazilian midfielder Fred was named the club's Player of the Month in January.
It marked an incredible turn around for the Brazilian, who until recently had been considered a flop signing.
After arriving for around £47million in the summer of 2018, he made little impact in his first season.
However he's flourished under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this term and been a regular pick in central midfield.
While Schmeichel's decision to overlook De Gea is something of a surprise, he IS a fan of Manchester United's current shot stopper.
With Dean Henderson, currently impressing on loan at Sheffield United, lurking in the shadows, United's 1999 treble-winning goalkeeper showed nothing but love for De Gea, saying: ''Would anyone seriously consider not having David De Gea in goal and put Dean Henderson in now.
“There's no doubt about Henderson's potential, but he's played one season at a club who has had an unbelievable run in the Premier League.
“But Henderson will need to show another season, like he's just come through, and then another one, and another one, in order to convince everyone that he is the right guy.''
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