Game time or lack there of
Much has been made of Fred, Manchester United’s summer signing, spending his time on the bench.
Jose Mourinho seems to prefer just about anyone else in his midfield.
Now, with Fred claiming he’s unhappy about being omitted from the Brazil squad, it seems Mourinho has explained.
He noted that it’s not Fred’s fault.
Mourinho blamed the rest of his team for being poor at the back.
The United boss noted that when they are more solid, Fred will feature far more.
The Independent report he said: “Step by step. You have also other players in other clubs that needed their time. 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 in midfield people that is 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.”
United problems are deep
Manchester United’s poor defence might be making the headlines but they have far bigger issues.
Mourinho is well aware of that, and his side look sub-par in just about every area.
United are struggling at the back, in the middle of the park and for goals.
That’s about as bad as it gets, and key players have been out of form this season.
Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku have struggled badly.
If Pogba is a virus then Matic is full on terminal illness.
— Gaz Drinkwater (@Radio_Gaz) December 5, 2018
Paul Ince: “Lukaku isn't scoring goals at the moment. And when he isn't scoring goals, what is he good for? Nothing. He brings nothing to the table. When it comes to Pogba. It's just another drama, another chapter in the life of him.” #mufc [Paddy Power]
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) December 7, 2018
Mourinho may have been kept in his job by Anthony Martial turning up time and time again to save him, but things are bad.
United look a million miles off a side who can get into the top four.
It remains to be seen if the club will back Mourinho in the winter window.
Or, if they’ll cut their losses this season and wait until a new manager comes in.