MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho was happy Ed Woodward signed Fred in the summer despite the player’s struggles at Old Trafford, according to reports.
Manchester United boss Mourinho feels let-down by Woodward, with the Red Devils vice executive-chairman refusing to fork out for a variety of top transfer targets.
Back in the summer, he wanted five arrivals but got just three. Fred, Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant.
As a result, that has cast a big shadow over Manchester United’s season. Life at Old Trafford is far from rosy and the mood around the place is souring by the day.
Fred, their marquee signing of the summer and fourth most-expensive recruit of all time, is struggling under Jose Mourinho too.
The Brazil international has spent the majority of his Red Devils career on the bench.
That has even cost him a place in his country’s side for recent matches, with the player then saying: “I’ve played very little at United, so it’s normal for Professor Tite not to be able to evaluate me, even though I’ve worked hard with him before.
“Of course, I was annoyed, but I have to know how to deal with the sadness to be able to help me take a step forward.
“The coach has chosen not to put me in the team. That’s his choice. I still do my job and I can’t let it affect my mindset, I cannot let that shake me. I have to be patient.”
And the Manchester Evening News say that, despite Fred barely playing, Mourinho did want him.
The United boss worked on a deal with Woodward with both men adamant he could be the club’s natural replacement for Michael Carrick.
However, the MEN say Mourinho also wanted two other Brazilians.
One of those was Chelsea forward Willian.
The Blues forward was earmarked as a player capable of providing balance, with United’s right-hand side looking woefully short of options.
Ultimately, though, Woodward refused to meet Chelsea’s asking price for a player who turned 30 in August.
Another player on their radar was Alex Sandro.
The Juventus ace was eyed as an upgrade on Luke Shaw, who had spent the last two years floundering.
Shaw, however, has been resurgent this season.
And United ultimately decided not to pursue Sandro, who was valued at £60m by Juventus.