Damning Mourinho message to Fred days before Man Utd axe revealed

Date published: Sunday 8th March 2020 12:40

Jose Mourinho aimed a damning message to Manchester United midfielder Fred days before he was sacked by the Red Devils, according to a report.

Mourinho moved to Old Trafford ahead of the 2016/17 campaign and initially impressed by winning the Carabao Cup and Europa League in his first season.

However, relationships with his players soon took a turn for the worse and the Portuguese was sacked in December 2018 after a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

Former United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed how he had a heated conversation with Mourinho and according to The Telegraph, Fred experienced similar.

The newspaper says that after being replaced by Marcus Rashford 57 minutes into the Red Devils’ 2-1 Champions League defeat to Valencia, Mourinho pulled Fred to one side after the match and spoke with him.

The manager is alleged to have said: “Your days at this club are numbered.”

Mourinho was then sacked under a week later, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought in as his replacement.

Fred was brought to Old Trafford for £52million from Shakhtar Donetsk but United’s recruitment department only pressed ahead with the deal due to the failure to find an alternative.

 

 

The Brazilian struggled under Mourinho but has become one of Solskjaer’s key players, including by scoring twice in the 5-0 Europa League win over Club Brugge last month.

Mourinho, meanwhile, is under pressure at Tottenham after a 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday made it five games without victory, including four defeats.

Next up for Spurs is a crucial Champions League last 16 second leg clash with RB Leipzig in Germany, into which Mourinho’s side head a goal down.

Speaking after the draw with Burnley, Mourinho made his frustrations with Spurs’ club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele clear.

The Frenchman has failed to live up to his price tag this season and was replaced at half time at Turf Moor.

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