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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Mesut Özil has earned his stripes, Jürgen Locadia must step up for Brighton and when will José Mourinho give Fred a chance?

While José Mourinho continues to make ever-so-subtle digs about the quality of his squad, it is worth remembering that Manchester United have had a £52m midfielder sitting on their bench in recent weeks. There was plenty of excitement when they signed Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer but the Brazil international has not been given many opportunities to demonstrate his abilities. He has been a substitute since scoring on his last start – the 1-1 home draw with Wolves – and must be wondering what he has to do earn a place in Mourinho’s starting 11. Nemanja Matic struggled again during the midweek defeat to Juventus and looked cumbersome during last weekend’s draw with Chelsea. Perhaps Mourinho should consider giving Fred a chance to develop a relationship with Paul Pogba when United host Everton on Sunday. JS

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