On Tuesday, Manchester United defeated Crystal Palace to make it three victories in three preseason games under Erik ten Hag.
According to Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United are already pressing more aggressively under Erik ten Hag.
United’s pre-season campaign continued on Tuesday, as they overcame Crystal Palace 3-1 in a strong and thorough effort. Ten Hag picked a solid starting lineup once again, and the first hour of the game saw some fantastic, aggressive play.
Anthony Martial scored for the third game in a row, bringing down Diogo Dalot’s chipped pass on his chest and slamming home. Just after the break, a wonderful team play featuring Martial, Jadon Sancho, and ultimately Donny van de Beek resulted with Marcus Rashford tapping in.
For the third goal, Martial was once again at the heart of the action, as his clever flick sent Sancho through on goal, and he remained composed to score. United lost control after a slew of changes around the hour mark, resulting in Joel Ward drawing one back before Will Fish was sent out for a professional foul.
Overall, it was another promising performance from United, and Fernandes outlined how the team has transformed under the new management. “We’ve been most aggressive recently,” he said after the game to MUTV.
“The three players up front have been aggressive when they pressed, it’s been strong, it’s made the last line squeeze, it’s made the midfielders squeeze, and when we turn the ball over, we’re closer to the goal.” We have more space in the midfield, and we’re better on the ball as well.
“We feel good, the results assist with that, we’re playing good football, there’s a lot to improve on, but we’ll have time to do that and be ready for the first game of the season.”