Fred made his Premier League debut in United's 2-1 victory over Leicester on Friday night and impressed alongside Paul Pogba and Andreas Pereira. Though that amounted to nothing, and Barcelona officials have been quick to curry favour with United to not damage the lines of communication, doubts remain about Pogba's long term future at Old Trafford, particularly under the guidance of notorious agent Mino Raiola.
An unhappy Pogba had told newspaper reporters: "There are things I can say and there are things that I cannot say, otherwise I will get fine".
"I had my plans for many months and I find myself with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in". I want to play in and win the Premier League, the best league in the world.
"He's working extremely well here, but I have to say in his defence that write what you want about him, write what you want about me, please don't say lies".
"He is very polite, very educated, never had a fight with me".
Mourinho reportedly told the player that he should request a transfer from the club if that is what he wishes to do amid talk that he wants to move to Barca. We never had a hard exchange of words.
Pushed further about what Pogba might have meant by his suggestion he could be fined, Mourinho revealed the only player he has disciplined during his two years at Old Trafford is Anthony Martial after the forward missed eight days of training following his departure from the summer tour of the U.S.to attend the birth of his son in Paris. "If Jose really thought so little of him, I doubt he'd have given him the armband".
The Manchester United boss warned him not to air his grievances in the media and said if he wants to quit the club "again" he should ask for a transfer.