Mourinho: United need to be stronger defensively for Fred to shine

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£52m Fred will only play when Manchester United are better at defending, says José Mourinho

Kolasinac poked the ball straight to Jesse Lingard when he tried to find his own keeper Bernd Leno and the Englishman salvaged a point for Jose Mourinho and ensured that Arsenal did not leave with all three.

The manager then elected to use Herrera and Nemanja Matic in front of a five-man defence against Arsenal, with Pogba and Fellaini relegated to the bench.

United, in eighth place in the Premier League, have already conceded 25 goals this season - compared with Liverpool's six - and have a goal difference of minus one.

Jose Mourinho bemoaned the way his Manchester United team shot themselves in the foot against Arsenal but was notably delighted with the effort produced by his players in a insane 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

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When superstar Virat Kohli fell to an unbelievable Usman Khawaja catch at gully for three, India were reeling at 3-19. In day-night Tests in the past three years, Adelaide's opening-day crowds numbered around 47,000, 32,000 and 55,000.

"[We are taking it] step by step", Mourinho said when asked about Fred in Friday's media conference.

United have collected just 23 points from their first 15 games of the campaign and in the last decade only Arsenal in 2012-13 and in 2014-15 have recovered from worse starts to end the season in the top four. Manchester United will take on Fulham, while Crystal Palace travel across London to face West Ham United (all at 7pm).

"I want to be positive and think we are going to win", he said. "They will have too much for David Wagner's side at the Emirates".

"He had backache and now he is working with the physio and we are looking at when he can play with us", Emery was quoted as saying by the Mirrror.

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