José Mourinho sees no place for Fred until Manchester United tighten up

Lynette Rowe
December 7, 2018

Rio Ferdinand has admitted that Manchester United's rivals are a "cut above" Jose Mourinho's side at the moment.

Mourinho's future has been the focus of intense speculation after an terrible start to the season, which has left United eight points off the Champions League places and 18 behind Manchester City at the top of the league.

Sources have told ESPN FC that United still back Mourinho but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the board have set a precedent of sacking managers if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

However, the Portuguese's agent says there is no chance of his client moving on any time soon and insists.

José Mourinho admits he can not afford to play Fred, the fourth most expensive player in Manchester United's history, unless his team becomes tighter defensively.

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His performances for Shakhtar Donetsk had seen him linked with a host of Europe's top clubs, but the lure of playing for United drew him to Old Trafford.

Manchester United will be eager to return to winning ways against 20th-placed Fulham at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

Mourinho has been left frustrated by his team's transfer policy this season and raised the issue again this week when he complained: "Every team got better and we didn't".

Midfielder Fred was the Red Devils' only major signing, with youngster Diogo Dalot and backup goalkeeper Lee Grant the only other new faces.

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