During Manchester United’s friendly against Crystal Palace, players got into a furious argument with Jordan Ayew, with Fred at the center of it all.
During Manchester United’s friendly against Crystal Palace, Fred and Bruno Fernandes got into a furious argument with Jordan Ayew.
Erik ten Hag’s men defeated their Premier League rivals 3-1 in Melbourne. However, as attacker Ayew moved in hard on Fernandes, the Portuguese midfielder became enraged.
At the hour mark, the Palace player was booked for the challenge. Even so, United players were enraged, with other teammates getting involved in the brawl, including Brazil’s Fred, who was the first to step up and shove Ayew before other players were held back.
Commentators were horrified as they watched, calling Ayew’s tackle “totally unnecessary.” Meanwhile, Ten Hag complained to the fourth official about the ferocity of the tackle.
During their tour in Australia, the Red Devils have had a good run. They closed off another preseason triumph, this time with goals from Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho securing a tidy victory and they’re third of the season.
Their south London opponents responded with a goal from Joel Ward, but United held on despite having their youngster Will Fish sent off. It comes after United icon Roy Keane cautioned Ten Hag, not to settle for a top-four finish in his first season with the club.
“I don’t think it should be your thinking going into a season that you’d settle for fourth,” Keane told SkyBet. You’ll undoubtedly do your best and compete to get into the Champions League; for financial reasons, the brand, the club, and the top players all want to play in that.
“But you shouldn’t rule out the possibility of winning a cup tournament; [it was] a catastrophic season and you’d like to hope there will be some improvement, but I wouldn’t just sit there — as bad as they are — and say, ‘I’d settle for top four.'” “I would not.”