Frustrated Fred is annoyed at losing his place in the Brazil squad after lack of club football

Manchester United midfielder Fred has expressed his frustration at losing his place in the Brazilian national team due to his lack of domestic football, confessing the situation has left him ‘annoyed.’

The £52 million summer signing, the fourth most expensive in United’s history, has struggled to win regular first team minutes under Jose Mourinho.

His start in the unconvincing 1-0 win over Young Boys in midweek was just his eighth in all competitions this season and, after being substituted against the Swiss side, the 25-year-old has completed 90 minutes just twice. 

Fred has expressed his frustration at losing his place for Brazil due to a lack of club football

Fred has expressed his frustration at losing his place for Brazil due to a lack of club football

Fred has expressed his frustration at losing his place for Brazil due to a lack of club football

The 25-year-old has completed 90 minutes only twice after being substituted on Tuesday

The 25-year-old has completed 90 minutes only twice after being substituted on Tuesday

The 25-year-old has completed 90 minutes only twice after being substituted on Tuesday

The lack of opportunities cost Fred his place in Tite’s Brazil’s squad for their last international squad two weeks ago.

And Fred admitted: ‘I’ve played little in the club and it’s normal for Professor Tite not to be able to evaluate me, even though I’ve worked hard with him.

‘Of course I was annoyed, but I have to know how to deal with the sadness also, to be able to help me take a step forward. I remain focused on my work and I hope to be back to the selection soon to be able to be in the Copa America.

His start in the 1-0 win over Young Boys in midweek was only his eighth in all competitions

His start in the 1-0 win over Young Boys in midweek was only his eighth in all competitions

His start in the 1-0 win over Young Boys in midweek was only his eighth in all competitions

‘The coach (Mourinho) has chosen not to put me in the team, it’s his choice. I still do my job and I can’t let it affect my mindset, I cannot let that shake me. I have to be patient.’

Fred’s problems in adapting to English football has been just one of the headaches facing Mourinho this season although the former Shakhtar midfielder believes he is finally making progress.

‘It’s a bit of a difficult start, I have not been playing so much, I’ve had a lot of games in Shakhtar, but it’s a little bit different here,’ he said.

‘It’s normal, a process of adaptation to a different league. Although I’ve been to Europe before, now I am in a different country and I have to go through a new process of settling in. Today I see myself much better and I hope that my football will be 100 per cent soon.’

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