as reported by daily express,

Manchester United manager Mourinho is determined to strengthen his squad when the transfer window reopens in January.

Back in the summer, the Red Devils boss craved the arrival of a centre-half with Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng, Diego Godin and Yerry Mina all pursued.

The Manchester United manager also wanted a right-winger to provide his squad with some much-needed balance.

However, Ed Woodward failed to give him the cash he craved.

Ever since, the United boss has been throwing tantrums, not content with the players at his disposal.

One new recruit, however, has barely featured.

Speaking today, Mourinho insisted Fred would not become a regular for United until the club were better defensively.

“Step by step. You have other players at other clubs who needed time and some of them played even less than Fred,” he told the Daily Mail when asked about the Brazil international.

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

Keown, however, believes Mourinho’s reluctance to play Fred weakens his argument.

“You look at Fred, a player United spent £52million on who cannot get a game,” he said.

“Are United really going to commit another £52m or more to Mourinho in January to strengthen the squad?”

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