Bruno Fernandes has welcomed the firm but fair management approach from Erik ten Hag as he tries to turn Manchester United around.
United hope to be on their way back under their new Dutch manager. He may have struggled so far to have the same impact in the transfer market as his rivals, but Ten Hag has certainly made an impression on his current group.
Striker Anthony Martial, out of form for large parts of his Old Trafford career, has scored three goals in three pre-season matches.
Meanwhile, Man Utd defender Victor Lindelof described Ten Hag’s methods as “absolutely great” so far.
Offering his own take on the new manager, Portugal midfielder Fernandes spoke of the new boss’ no-nonsense approach to ill discipline and maximum effort in training.
“I think it’s clear. He explains really well what he wants and he demands that so anyone not doing what he demands they know they will be punished,” Fernandes told Sky Sports.
“So I think when you talk about discipline, it’s about that. He’s very clear, so there’s no way you can escape from that.
“Even if you don’t understand English you can understand the way he wants to play, so I think that is really important for us.
“Nobody can get away with anything with him and the senior players have to play their part too, making sure that everyone is on the same page.”
Fernandes wants personal and Man Utd improvement
Fernandes comes into the 2022/23 season after – for him at least – polar opposite contributions in his two full campaigns at Old Trafford.
He insisted that Man Utd‘s poor form made it “difficult to be successful” both as a team and as an individual last term.
While Fernandes contributed 10 goals and 14 assists last campaign, he backed himself to do “much better”.
And after signing a new contract earlier this year, the desire to improve is even clearer.
“I’m happy for what I’ve been doing at the club and the new contract shows the club respects me and trusts me, and it’s time for me to repay that,” Fernandes said.
United star needs big season
Man Utd fans want and need to see Fernandes back in the form he showed in the 2020/21 season.
The Portugal international scored 28 goals in all competitions, a new record for a midfielder playing in the Premier League.
While he still contributed throughout last season, he has openly admitted that it wasn’t enough.
And Fernandes will be the first to try to get back to his best form, with the World Cup an extra motivation.