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Jose Mourinho claims he can’t play £52m Fred while Manchester United look so fragile in defence

(Source: telegraph.co.uk)

Jose Mourinho has claimed it is difficult for him to play Fred while Manchester United remain so susceptible defensively.

Fred was United’s headline summer signing in a £52 million deal from Shakhtar Donetsk, but he has been a peripheral figure this season.

The Brazil midfielder, 25, was omitted from United’s squad for Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against Arsenal at Old Trafford and has been an unused substitute in five of the past seven matches.

United have conceded 25 goals in Premier League 15 matches – more than anyone bar the bottom five – and Mourinho believes that fragility is behind Fred’s continued omissions.

Mourinho has dropped Pogba for two of United’s past three matches amid concerns about the balance of his midfield and the manager’s concerns over a lack of tactical discipline also seem to apply to Fred, even if such a stance raises questions about the wisdom of spending so heavily on the player.

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