What We Learned, Video Clips


Manchester United continued their fine pre-season form by beating Crystal Palace in Melbourne, Australia to claim three wins from three for Erik ten Hag.

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Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were all on the scoresheet for United as their attacking unit continues to look slick and some unexpected stars emerge from their tour of Asia and Australia. Joel Ward scored Palace’s only late goal

The 3-1 win over Palace followed a 4-1 victory over Melbourne Victory and a 4-0 victory over Liverpool, as Erik ten Hag’s playing philosophy slowly but surely took hold.

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Below is Bruno Fernandes’ reaction, along with highlights from the Manchester City vs Crystal Palace video.

United feel confident after another comfortable win

Bruno Fernandes spoke to MUTV after the game and revealed Manchester United felt confident after three wins from three in pre-season, as they lined up in the No.10 role behind a fluid trio of Sancho, Martial and Rashford.

“We feel good, obviously the results help with that, but we are playing good football,” Fernandes said. “There are still a lot of things to improve but we have time for it and we will be ready for the first game of the season… We are really aggressive. First of all, the three guys up front were very aggressive. When they press, they press very hard. It makes the last line tight, the midfield goes higher and when we win the ball we are also closer to the goal. We are fresh to do that and we have freedom when we recover the ball because there is a lot of space wide and in the middle. We are playing much better with the ball too.

Donny van de Beek spoke to reporters after the game as he also showed some great touches and set up Rashford’s goal as the Dutchman and former Ajax star is full of confidence after his former manager Erik ten Hag took charge of United.

“We scored good goals and showed good things. There is still a lot of room for improvement, but we have to keep going and train hard,” said Van de Beek. “He [Erik ten Hag] likes the details, he asked a lot of you as a player and you need to be in good shape to play his football. We have the right players for that and we just have to keep going.

Van de Beek added “you have to play well to play under this manager, like all managers and that’s it” and said he had put a lot of thought into his game but was trying to stay true to his strengths, as he revealed that pressing, a lot of movement off the ball and playing from the back are key to ETH’s philosophy.

What we learned from Manchester United v Crystal Palace

Yes, that last win was against an under-strength Crystal Palace side, but the main takeaway from that win is that a clear style of play is introduced that is pressing, possession-based, attractive and incisive. This is exactly what United wanted and the movement and creativity in United’s three goals was a tantalizing example of what can be achieved under ETH if their star players stay fit and healthy.

Erik ten Hag applauded his team’s hard work for pressing high, especially the defensive work of their forwards, but asked the whole team to be better at timing when to press and when to hold back. That will come with time, but the signs are positive as Diogo Dalot was once again causing problems up the pitch, Tyrell Malacia was very adventurous from the opposite full-back position, while Martial, Sancho, Rashford and Donny van de Beek all look neat. , clinical and on the same page in the last third.

The video of Erik ten Hag shouting at David de Gea for playing a long ball forward instead of playing at the back as United were 3-1 late tells you everything you need to know about the levels that the Dutch coach waits day after day, release day.

Perhaps the only real negative of this match was the fact that Harry Maguire received boos from Manchester United fans who made up the majority of the 80,000 spectators in Melbourne. The Manchester United captain struggled with his form last season and that kind of reaction won’t help him.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace video summary