Jose Mourinho told Fred he would be part of his 'dream' midfield at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho told Fred he would be part of his 'dream' midfield at Manchester United

December 9, 2018

Manchester United forked out a whopping £52million for the Brazilian in the summer to bring him in from Shakhtar Donetsk.

And according to Brazilian news outlet UOL, part of the negotiations which saw United pip rivals City to his signature included Mourinho's personal pledge.

It is understood The Special One promised Fred he would play an important role in a midfield trio alongside Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic.

But things have not gone according to plan since Fred put pen to paper.

Fred has featured in half of United Premier League games this season, starting six and completing the full 90 minutes just three times. His only goal came against Wolves and was set up by – you guessed it – Pogba.

Moreover, the 'dream' trio have started together for just three matches: the 3-0 defeat to Tottenham and the 2-1 wins over Everton and Bournemouth.

The Brazilian was not even in the squad for Arsenal's visit to Old Trafford last week.

It has left senior players "with more authority in the squad and with more time at the club" confused by the treatment Fred has received so far.

But the manager insisted earlier in the week his lack of game time – almost exactly 11 hours across all competitions – was due to his side's defensive problems.

Mourinho said: "Step by step. You have also other players in other clubs that needed their time and you have some of them that played even less than what Fred is playing.

"I think [with] Fred, when the team is defensively stronger and doesn’t need people in midfield that are more worried in giving some balance to the team than being involved in creation and attacking dynamics.

"The day we are stronger defensively, I think the horizons for Fred change completely."

Of course, even if a verbal agreement was made, Fred has to deliver when given the chance.

But there is certainly still plenty of hope for him.

Like many foreign players arriving in England, it appears he needs some more time to adapt.

Once he does that, though, the Premier League could have another star on its books.

So do not rule out the 'dream' midfield at Manchester United just yet.

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