Giving an example of how Man United players should be more aware on passing to teammates in potential goal-scoring situations, Bruno Fernandes told The Athletic: “Sometimes, during games, it is tension, it is passion, you miss the ball, or he (a team-mate) doesn’t run.
“It gets a little bit fervent. But nobody is doing it in a bad way. I never do it in a bad way — only if I see someone does not pass the ball when it is a two-v-one with the keeper.
“For example, Jadon Sancho scored a goal last season against Chelsea where he was two against the keeper with Marcus Rashford. Jadon did skill and put it past the Chelsea keeper (Edouard) Mendy.
“I did it for Mason (Greenwood) away against Brentford last season. Sometimes, the keeper is coming out, you don’t get the time to look to the side and have to shoot quickly.
“But when you run with the ball for so long from the halfway line and have your team-mate to your side, don’t tell me you did not see him.
“With Jadon, that one was the case. I said, ‘Jadon, you scored, I am happy for that. But next time, pass to Marcus.’ He said, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, you are right’.”
To be fair to Bruno, United have wasted easy chances in the past few seasons due to players trying to score by themselves than passing to a teammate in an open scoring area.
Erik ten Hag will probably work on ensuring his players are more selfless and play for the success of the teams, prioritizing the team’s victory over their own goal-scoring intentions.