X
Follow The Sportsman on Facebook
Football  /

Jose Mourinho Picks Out The Two Manchester United Players Who Always Go Above And Beyond

Jose Mourinho was pleased with the way his side battled against Arsenal on Wednesday
Jose Mourinho was pleased with the way his side battled against Arsenal on Wednesday

Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on two players who always give their all for the cause and explained why Fred has not been started in his press conference this morning.

Manchester United paid £52million for midfielder Fred yet his failure to secure a regular starting spot has been the cause of much debate.

Mourinho was asked this morning why the Brazilian had not been getting more gametime and the reply suggests his defensive ability is something of a worry.

The 25-year-old has made just six starts for United in the Premier League and has not figured in any of the last four league games. He has also lost his place in the national squad.

This morning Mourinho was asked about Fred's role in the team and he replied guardedly. "Step by step. You have also other players in other clubs that needed their time and you have some of them that played even less than what Fred is playing.

"I think Fred, when the team is defensively stronger and doesn't need in midfield people that is more worried in giving balance to the team than being involved in creation and attacking dynamic, the day we are stronger defensively, I think the horizons for Fred change completely."

Mourinho commented on an improvement in his team's attitude, especially in midfield, something he'd been unhappy with in the 2-2 draw at Southampton last Saturday.

He said: "The stats that for me are not fundamental, but sometimes they give us, they support our feelings, our ideas. Or sometimes a contradiction to it, but is just a confirmation with the numbers was the match where my team, the globality of my players, run more and run more with higher intensity, too.

"We press the ball more, put difficulties to the opponent, we were fast in our transitions. So we had that spirit - we had that mentality that brought our game to a good level, to a better level. There are special players with special characteristics and just to give you a couple of examples, (Ander) Herrera, (Marcus) Rashford are the kind of players that, even if their game is not phenomenal, that intensity, that desire, that sacrifice is always present. But I prefer to say the team as a team had that mentality.

"I know only two days is not easy (to recover), Fulham in the same situation as us but probably the way they are coming to play or try to play will not demand as much from them as us, but no excuses.

Register with The Sportsman to personalise your news feed with your favourite sports and team.
Latest Football Articles
Bet Slip
Log In
Open
Settled
Deposit
Quick Deposit
Deposit
CV2
Deposit Funds
Change Payment Method
Bet Placed
Retain Selections
Clear Slip
Bet Slip 0
| Join Now
Balance: £0.00
Refresh
Log Out
The line, odds or availability of your selections has changed.
Remove All
Singles
Click a price to add a selection
Multiples
To view multiples
Multiple options are restricted for the highlighted selections
The line, odds or availability of your selections has changed.
Accept Changes
Total Stake:
£ 0.00

Estimated Returns:
£ 0.00
£ Place Bet
Bet on Bet365 website
New To Bet365?
Bets are accepted in accordance with the operator's rules
and terms and conditions. Hillside (UK Sports) LP is licensed
and regulated by the British Gambling Commissioner
(Licence number 39563). Registered Office Hillside (UK Sports) LP
(registration number 117), Unit 1.1, First Floor, Waterport Place,
2 Europort Avenue, Gibraltar.
DON'T HAVE A
BET365 ACCOUNT? New Customer Offer
The Sportsman is an officially endorsed bet365 betting partner. All bets are placed securely via our API link-up with bet365 and no data or transactional information is sahred with or accessible by the sportsman.com. Bets are accepted in accordance with the operator's Rules and Terms and Conditions.