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SportMourinho: United need to be stronger defensively for Fred to shine

14:30  07 december  2018
14:30  07 december  2018 Source:   goal.com

Mourinho questions United's transfer bargaining power

Mourinho questions United's transfer bargaining power The days when Manchester United could sign the best players of Tottenham and other clubs of similar stature are over, Jose Mourinho says.

With Manchester United in advanced talks to sign Fred , we profile the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder, who is viewed as one of Brazil's rising stars. Sky Sports News understands a deal is close to being agreed for Fred , with United "Fonseca allows me to play both offensively and defensively , and

Manchester United agree deal to sign midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk. Read more. Fred is more dynamic and less defensively minded but not as experienced or positionally savvy. One of Fred or Mourinho will need to adapt. Fred actually seem to be exactly the Mourinho type of player.

Mourinho: United need to be stronger defensively for Fred to shine © Provided by Goal Manchester United midfielder Fred

Manchester United need to be stronger defensively for Brazilian midfielder Fred to shine, according to Jose Mourinho.

Fred arrived at Old Trafford in June for a reported £52million and was viewed as the box-to-box midfielder United needed to help them dominate games both in the Premier League and Champions League.

His performances for Shakhtar Donetsk had seen him linked with a host of Europe's top clubs, but the lure of playing for United drew him to Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old has struggled to adapt, though, and he has been limited to just 10 appearances in all competitions despite United failing to hit the heights of last season.

And Mourinho insisted Fred's lack of game time will only be rectified once United can provide a solid platform for him to build from.

"[We are taking it] step by step," Mourinho said when asked about Fred in Friday's media conference.

"You have other players at other clubs that needed time and some of them played even less than what Fred is playing.

"When the team is defensively stronger I think the horizons for Fred change completely."

Fred anxious but ready to fight for Man United future – Gilberto Silva.
Fred has found his opportunities limited this season but the 25-year-old has no plans to leave Manchester United, said Gilberto Silva.

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