Mourinho reveals why he is not picking Fred

Manchester – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hinted on Friday that United must get stronger defensively before he is ready to give Fred more games.

United bought the Brazilian midfielder from Shakhtar Donetsk in June but he has only made six Premier League starts. Fred has been dropped to the bench and on Wednesday crucial match against Arsenal, he was completely dropped out of the team.  United drew with Arsenal 2-2.

Mourinho addressed why Fred is dropped, “Step by step, you have also other players in other clubs that needed their time and you have some of them that played even less than what Fred is playing,” said Mourinho.

“I think that when the team is defensively stronger and doesn’t need in midfield people who are more worried about giving balance in the team than creativity, and the day we are stronger defensively, then the horizons change for Fred.”

Asked by journalists if the team is show more character Mourinho said; “Yes. The numbers, the stats for me are not fundamental but sometimes they give us, they support our feelings, our ideas.

“We pressed the ball more, we gave difficulties to Arsenal, we were fast in our transitions, so we had that spirit, we had that mentality that brought our game to a good level, to a better level.”

Mourinho is full of respect for Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri, the man he replaced when taking his first English job at Chelsea in 2004. United face Fulham Saturday at Old Trafford.

“I want to be positive and think we are going to win but if we don’t, then we must give credit to the people that deserve credit,” Mourinho said.

“The game is not going to be 11 against zero, it’s going to be 11 against 11. They have good players in their side.

“The points total sometimes doesn’t say much about the real potential of the team. They are led by one of the two most important managers in the history of the Premier League, so they have the potential to come here tomorrow and to give us a very difficult match.”

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