MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho has claimed his squad has not improved despite spending £52m on Fred in the summer.
The Red Devils are going through a tough season after a number of dropped hints has them looking worryingly at the Premier League table.
They are eighth in the league, behind the likes of Bournemouth and Everton, and are eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
Mourinho’s men face the Gunners tonight at Old Trafford and have a chance to cut the gap, but Unai Emery’s side are in high spirits after beating Tottenham at the weekend.
There is a general feeling of unease at United nowadays, with fans starting to turn on their manager amid reports there are serious problems in the camp.
Mourinho was not happy with the transfer business in the summer, demanding a centre-back but getting no-one instead.
Fred was the only significant purchase, with Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant also joining – but his manager’s latest comments will do little to better relations.
The former Chelsea manager has made his feelings about the summer clear after revealing he does not believe his squad has improved.
The Portuguese coach compared his situation to other sides in the top six, declaring that even Tottenham, despite not signing anyone, made vast improvements.
When asked about the widening gap between United and the Premier League’s leading sides, Mourinho replied: “The distance, the 16 [points], the eighth, the 12, the four, the five, is something I couldn’t predict.
“But I told clearly last season we didn’t get the credit we deserve.
“I think last season, to finish second and to play the FA Cup final and to qualify in the Champions League group as first, I think last season at all we didn’t get the credit we deserve.
“All of the teams, they got better, they got better.
“Spurs was the team that didn’t make a direct investment but the best investment is to keep the top players that you have.
“So every team got better and we didn’t.
“So I was expecting difficulties for this season but my target is still the top four and we have to fight until the end to finish in the top four.”