Man United set deadline to make 25-year-old first summer signing – report

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has set a deadline to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, according to a report in England

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has set a deadline for Manchester United to sign Shaktar Donetsk midfielder Fred, according to a report in England.

The Sun, as quoted by the Daily Express, is reporting that the Red Devils boss wants to get a deal over the line for Fred before the end of next week.

The same article states that Mourinho has sent the Manchester United board to secure Fred’s signature or else move on to other targets.

According to the same story, Manchester United are desperate to sign a central midfielder following Michael Carrick’s retirement at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Belgium international Marouane Fellaini is set to become a free agent this summer unless the Red Devils can tie the towering midfielder down to a long-term deal.

Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League table but the Red Devils finished 19 points adrift of champions Manchester City.

The 20-time English champions lost 1-0 to Chelsea FC in the FA Cup at Wembley following Eden Hazard’s first-half winner from the penalty spot.

Manchester United lost 2-1 to La Liga giants Sevilla in the Champions League round of 16 to make a premature exit from the competition.

The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013.

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