Bruno: Eriksen has the vision
Manchester United’s draw with Crystal Palace featured two wonderful goals, unfortunately for us, one at either end.
Michael Olise’s late leveller for the hosts was brilliantly struck, of course, but United’s opener was brilliant for a different reason.
Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Christian Eriksen combined to create a golden opportunity for Bruno Fernandes, and our Portuguese midfielder didn’t pass it up, hammering the ball beyond the helpless Vicente Guaita.
The goal epitomised everything that Erik ten Hag has been implementing at United, since he took charge in the summer: smooth passing, penetration, and clinical finishing.
Fernandes and summer arrival Eriksen have formed a superb relationship this season too, with Bruno’s goal at Selhurst Park the reverse of the opener in our last trip to London, when our no.8 laid the ball into the path of our no.14 away, to Fulham in November.
“Obviously, Christian has been really good,” said Bruno following the draw against Palace. “But I think everyone in the team has been really good.
“I think as we showed in the [first half], the goal was everything that we train, some movements, the way we play, the passes that we did. So that comes through and after, it’s the quality of the players that makes the difference.
“Christian has the vision, has the quality to do the pass. He did it today and he will keep doing [it].
“But without the movement of Rashford, the movement of Wout [Weghorst] on the front post, it will not create the space for me behind.
“So I think it’s a team performance, it’s a team that makes individuals come through with showing good skills.”
The Reds may not have extended our winning run to 10 consecutive matches, but Ten Hag’s side remain unbeaten in our last 10 in all competitions, with United’s last defeat coming on 6 November, against Aston Villa.
We now travel to table-toppers Arsenal for a mouth-watering clash at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
If United are to overcome the Gunners, as we did at the beginning of September at Old Trafford, Erik’s side will need to show the same cutting edge as in the first half against Palace.