The previous summer transfer window was one to forget for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, as the demands of the manager were not by Ed Woodward, and the team that finished second last season was not built on to do one spot better this campaign.
However, despite all the troubles and complaining, the Portuguese was given £52 million to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, a move that has yet again not been the answer to many of Mourinho’s problems.
After beating Guardiola’s City to the Brazilian’s signature, Mourinho was very confident about the prospect of his only major signing.
“Fred will complement our other midfielders’ qualities, which we need,” he said after the deal was confirmed. “His creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game.”
However, appearing in only 7 out of 12 Premier League games so far and completing simply 3 of them, Fred has certainly been underused by the manager that bought him to begin with.
While talking on the Gary Neville Podcast, the former Red Devils’ right-back said: “Fred at £60 million, he started the first game of the season and he looked bright, he looked tidy – but does he look like what you would expect for £60 million?”
What started as criticism, was then given an understanding touch by Neville, as he added: “But he’s still developing, he’s still getting used to Manchester United.
“And he’s coming into a very difficult position in the sense that the club aren’t the most stable at this moment in time in terms of their performance levels and the scrutiny that’s been on the club in the past three or four months.”