Football news - Jose Mourinho: Fred won't play until Manchester United defend better
Jose Mourinho says £50m summer signing Fred will struggle to get much time on the pitch while Manchester United continue to struggle in defence.
Asked why Fred had disappeared from view in his weekly press conference on Friday, Mourinho said that the Brazil international could not expect to feature heavily while United’s defensive record remains so poor.
After 15 matches in the Premier league, United have already conceded 25 goals – only the league’s five bottom clubs have a worse record.
"When the team is defensively stronger and doesn't need people in midfield to give balance to the team, rather than being involved in creation and attacking dynamically, I think the horizons for Fred change completely," 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.”