Bruno Fernandes says Erik ten Hag has brought “discipline” to Manchester United. It is something we have noticed but confirmation from the players suggests the Dutchman is making important changes at Old Trafford.
Erik ten Hag has almighty job on his hands to turn things around at United. Expectations are at an all-time low after our worst Premier League campaign to date, yet optimism is growing in the camp and you can see that when the players speak.
It won’t be a quick process by any means but doubts are easing at Old Trafford. United have won their last four games in the Premier League and Fernandes credits Ten Hag for bringing a sense of belief and discipline to the team.
“First of all, he has an idea,” Fernandes told The Athletic in an exclusive interview. “He has a style. You have to follow his rules. He is strict on that. And I like that. He has brought discipline, which is something I think we missed in the past. Everyone must be on the same page.
“That is what Pep (Guardiola) and Jurgen (Klopp) have been doing for years, because they have stability in the club in the way they choose the transfer market and build the team, which is really important for them to get the rewards.
“I saw the manager say in a press conference that we do not want to bring players for the sake of it, we want to bring the right players for what we want to do. It is something the club needs.
“We still have a margin to improve and he needs time to get the most out of us with his idea of playing. I believe we will get to the point with him where we are established as a team and everyone is on the same page.”
Ten Hag clearly has the backing of his players but we know from previous managers how quickly that can change.
Dare I say I think things will be different under Ten Hag? I mean, it’s so early to say, but I have been very impressed by his work to date. He knows exactly what he wants.