“I think [with] Fred, when the team is defensively stronger and doesn’t need in midfield people that is more worried in giving some balance to the team than being involved in creation and attacking dynamics. The day we are stronger defensively, I think the horizons for Fred change completely.”
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United applauds fans as Phil Jones of Manchester United looks dejected after missing his team’s eighth penalty, meaning Derby County win the match on penalties during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Derby County at Old Trafford on September 25, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
United problems are deep
Manchester United’s poor defence might be making the headlines but they have far bigger issues.
Mourinho is well aware of that, and his side look sub-par in just about every area.
United are struggling at the back, in the middle of the park and for goals.
That’s about as bad as it gets, and key players have been out of form this season.
Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku have struggled badly.
Mourinho may have been kept in his job by Anthony Martial turning up time and time again to save him, but things are bad.
United look a million miles off a side who can get into the top four.
It remains to be seen if the club will back Mourinho in the winter window.
Or, if they’ll cut their losses this season and wait until a new manager comes in.