Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho confirms how he will play new signing Fred

Brazil midfielder Fred is Manchester United's biggest signing of the summer and Jose Mourinho believes he will have an impact on his team

Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho confirms how he will play new signing Fred

Brazil midfielder Fred is Manchester United's biggest signing of the summer and Jose Mourinho believes he will have an impact on his team

25 July 2018 Wednesday 11:57
Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho confirms how he will play new signing Fred

Jose Mourinho wants Fred to be the creative force for Manchester United this season.

Despite Paul Pogba's outstanding performances for France at the World Cup, Mourinho believes his £52m summer signing will provide the guile at the heart of his midfield.

United were quick to secure a deal for the Brazilian international after Manchester City's failed attempt to sign him in January.

Mourinho instructed Ed Woodward to see off competition from rivals across Europe by triggering Fred's release clause at Shakhtar Donetsk to wrap up the transfer before the World Cup.

The 25-year-old didn't feature for Brazil in Russia, but United's manager is convinced he will be a key figure at Old Trafford.

"Fred is a technical player," he said. "Having people in the squad like (Nemanja) Matic, (Marouane) Fellaini, Pogba, even Ander (Herrera) - physical people, strong - we think a player like Fred, Andreas Pereira - more technical, more quality of passing, playing in short spaces - will maybe connect with the attacking players.

"We thought that he could be an important player for us - but let's wait."

Mourinho was determined to fill the void left by Michael Carrick's retirement at the end of last season - but as positive as he is about Fred's potential, he is adamant United's former captain is irreplaceable.

"There is no Michael Carrick successor," he said. "Michael Carrick is Michael Carrick and there is no successor."

It was notable how Mourinho described Pogba as a 'physical,' rather than creative player.

The Frenchman was one of the stars of the World Cup, who Mourinho, himself, declared as 'absolutely brilliant' just last week.

Even that praise came with a pointed remark, adding: "I hope he understands why he was very good."

Mourinho followed that up during an interview with ESPN this week when he insisted it is Pogba's responsibility to reproduce that form at club level.

"I don’t think it’s about us getting the best out of him," he said. "It’s about him giving the best he has to give.

"I think the World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give the best. Why? Because it’s closed for a month, where he can only think about football. Where he’s with his team on the training camp, completely isolated from the external world, where they focus just on football, where the dimensions of the game can only motivate.

"During a season, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller, then you can lose your focus, you can lose your concentration, then comes a big match again."

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