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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is under pressure to deliver at Old Trafford with his treatment of several members of the squad raising eyebrows.
It is well-documented that he is at war with Paul Pogba, while he has also seemingly lost the support of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.
However, Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte claim it is Mourinho’s treatment of Fred that has also angered the Manchester United squad.
Back in the summer, the player turned down the chance to move to Manchester City in favour of heading to Old Trafford, moving in a £52million transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Speaking recently, Mourinho insisted Fred would only play when United are stronger defensively.
“Step by step,” Mourinho said about Fred’s progress on Friday.
“You also have other players in other clubs that needed their time, and you have some of them that played even less than Fred.
“When the team is defensively stronger and doesn’t need people in midfield that are more worried about giving some balance to the team than being involved in creation and attacking dynamics, I think the horizons for Fred change completely.”
And UOL Esporte claim United players have been left SHOCKED by Mourinho’s treatment of the player.
Behind the scenes, the Brazilian seems to have settled in well.
He is close to Pogba, who like him speaks Spanish, but is also seen regularly with compatriot Andreas Pereira.
United players reportedly are baffled as to why Mourinho refuses to give him minutes.
But whether Fred faces Fulham today remains to be seen.
Pundit Martin Keown thinks Mourinho’s treatment of Fred could actually stop the United hierarchy from backing him in the transfer market this January.
“You look at Fred, a player United spent £52million on who cannot get a game,” he said.
“Are United really going to commit another £52m or more to Mourinho in January to strengthen the squad?”