Jose Mourinho wants Manchester City transfer target Fred as Paul Pogbas replacement
Mourinhos faith in Pogba has slowly eroded throughout the season and the United boss opened fire on his most expensive star over the weekend.
Pogba was part of the United side that were beaten 1-0 by West Brom and Mourinho hauled the playmaker off after just 58 minutes.
Mourinho has reportedly put Pogba up for sale, despite the clubs resistance and the Mirror claim Fred is the United managers first-choice replacement.
Fred is valued at around £50m by his club and is considered a powerful, commanding midfielder.
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Mourinho has been continually frustrated by Pogbas lack of tactical awareness and wants a player who can carry out his orders on the pitch.
City and United will battle it out for Freds services, with the Brazilian keen to move to the Premier League.
Guardiolas side have just been crowned the Premier League champions, but have shown resistance to pay over the odds for players.
Uniteds interest will surely prompt Shakhtar to up the asking price, which may force City to drop out of the running.
City refused to meet the wage demands of Alexis Sanchez in January and the Chilean ended up joining United instead.
United will be hoping they can out-bid City a second time, but it remains to be seen if the Red Devils board will sanction the sale of Pogba.
The France international cost £89million, a club record, less than two years ago and United will be reluctant to cut their losses so soon after splashing out that monster fee.
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