March 6, 2021
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Jose Mourinho loses faith in trio of Manchester United players that HE signed

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The Portuguese coach has not been convinced by recent performances (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United bosses are set to block Jose Mourinho from making any January transfers after the Portuguese coach lost faith in three of his own signings, according to reports.

The Red Devils have endured a difficult season so far, losing ground in the race for a top-four finish after Sundays 3-1 derby defeat to Manchester City left them 12 points off top spot after as many games.

And according to The Independent, Mourinhos mood could get a whole lot worse because the club are extremely wary of letting him sign reinforcements.

Fred has struggled since arriving at Old Trafford from Shakhtar (Picture: Getty)

Ed Woodward and Uniteds hierarchy are reluctant to let Mourinho spend any more money when his job security is so precarious, while his signings since taking charge have been rather disappointing.

It was Mourinho who pushed for the £52m signing of Fred, but he is said to be highly unimpressed with the Brazilians performances in matches and in training.

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Fred played no part against City in the derby despite injury to Paul Pogba, and is now firmly behind the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera in the midfield pecking order.

But there are two more signings Mourinho himself has concerns about: Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

Bailly has hardly featured this season and looks set to leave United (Picture: Getty)

Mourinho made no secret of his desire to sign a new centre-back last summer and he remains uncertain about Lindelof despite an upturn in the Swedes performances, while he has lost all trust in Bailly.

The Ivorian could even be offloaded in January, such is the extent of their fallout, though Mourinho will push hard for a replacement if he does leave, with Inters Milan Skriniar his first choice.

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