Bruno Fernandes hails improvement as Man United beat Crystal Palace
Portugal international midfielder Bruno Fernandes was brimming with positivity after Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the Reds’ game ahead of the 2022-23 Premier League season.
Most of the discussion around the club has been about new train driver Erik ten Hag after the Dutchman arrived at Old Trafford following a very successful tenure with Eredivisie giants AFC Ajax, leaving many feeling a sense of urgency. found that – perhaps finally – the club had found the right man to take United forward.
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The improvement in performance has been suggested by many ahead of this season as United racked up three wins over bitter rivals Liverpool and Melbourne Victory before sending Patrick Vieira’s Eagles today, and Fernandes repeated those feelings in His post-match interview includes former club manager Bryan Robson.
“Obviously we are feeling good. The results help on that. I think playing good football, there is a lot of room for improvement, but we will have time to get better and be ready for the first game of the season. “
Robson was then addressed on how United have so far applied positive pressure in pre-season while “playing United the way your teams have been” for which he spoke openly with Fernandes. details his observations with the press, his positive transformation and numerous improvements in team spirit across the pitch.
It was Fernandes’ turn to answer; “I think we are much more aggressive now, even, first of all, the three guys up front; they were very aggressive, and when they hit they were really emphatic. It squeezes the backline, it pushes the midfield a little bit higher and when we recover the ball a little closer to goal. So it’s easier for us to do that, we have more freedom when we recover the ball, and when we recover the ball, they’re really wide so there’s a lot of space in the middle. And as you said before, we are also playing much better. “
It is certainly no surprise that United have significantly improved so far in terms of their ability to press under Ten Hag, who is appreciated for the system he adopted while at Ajax, no doubt. certainly played a key role in the run to the semi-finals of the 2018-19 Champions League return.
While there are only so many conclusions that can be drawn from pre-season, it is undeniable that Ten Hag has progressed in establishing his tactical framework for the team with early evidence that could is the springboard for the club to jump back in. into the upcoming campaign’s top four conversation.
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