MOURINHO TOLD HE ISN’T USING FRED PROPERLY. SHAKHTAR BOSS TELLS MOURINHO HOW TO USE FRED

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Fred has failed to secure a regular starting place in Jose Mourinho’s side since joining Manchester United from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52 million in the summer.

His former manager at Shakhtar Donetsk, Paulo Fonseca, believes Fred will soon find his feet at Manchester United.

“He’s a big talent and he’s still developing,” Fonseca told ESPN FC.

“I have no doubt he’ll have a great future at Manchester United. But, of course, he needs time. It’s totally different from what he was used to in Ukraine.

“He needs a period to adapt, to the club, to the league. It’s a totally different situation.”

Fred has been used as part of a midfield three by Mourinho but Fonseca believes Fred is more effective when played slightly further forward in a midfield two, where he shone for Shakhtar.

“In my opinion, his position is in a midfield two as the more attacking of two central midfield players,” Fonseca added.

“He is physically strong and mobile, with the quality to build play, but he is also very good at breaking from midfield and going to either side of the attack.”

Fred has nine appearances for Manchester United this season with six of them starts and he has scored just once for the Red Devils.