Jose Mourinho reveals Man United chiefs forced him to sign Brazilian star Fred

Jose Mourinho reveals Man United chiefs forced him to sign Brazilian star Fred

- Jose Mourinho reveals he was forced to sign Fred by Man United chiefs

- The Brazilian arrived Old Trafford in 2018 in a deal around £52m

- Mourinho wanted Leicester's Harry Maguire instead but the club failed to seal the deal

Jose Mourinho parted ways with Manchester United last December after two and a half years in charge of the club.

The Portuguese tactician became Red Devils boss in 2016 and at the end of the same season, he won Europa League and EFL Cup for them.

However, the remainder of his stay at Old Trafford were torrid as they struggled in all competitions before eventually being shown the exit door about ten months ago.

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Surely, the former Chelsea handler had some beautiful and blurry memories of his stay at the Theater of Dreams.

One of which was forcing him to sign Brazil midfielder Fred when United's midfield appeared to be under-performing.

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Daily Star quoting The Athletic report that the ex-Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss never wanted the 26-year-old in his squad.

He was said to have agreed to the deal because he would provide him an alternative in the midfield.

Mourinho was hoping United would sign Harry Maguire while he was there but Leicester City slammed £70 million price tag on him and the Red Devils chickened out of the deal.

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They have however sealed the deal one year later after signing the England defender for about £80 million.

While at Shakhtar Donetsk, Fred was never commanding too much respect on the pitch, reasons Mourinho didn't want him in his team. earlier reported that former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has excluded the duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi from his greatest of all time stars.

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Both players have dominated world football in the last decade - winning five ballon d'Or awards each among several other individual and collective titles.

But despite the achievements of the two in the sport in the last ten years, Mourinho doesn't feel both are worthy to bear the tag 'greatest of all time'.

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