Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes says manager Erik ten Hag’s impact is being felt throughout the squad.
They lost 2-1 at home to Brighton on the opening weekend of the campaign before going down to a shocking 4-0 defeat at Brentford, erasing the positivity of pre-season.
But United have recovered strongly since that nadir, winning their next four Premier League matches, with Liverpool and Arsenal among those defeated.
Fernandes told The Athletic: “You can feel it between us, between the fans, in the atmosphere, that is was like getting back to the past.
“Everyone felt the confidence was low again. Everyone was a little – not afraid – but not feeling the best to take the ball. I felt sometimes like it was the ghosts from the past.
“Then Brentford was even worse. We conceded a goal from nothing and all of a sudden you could see the energy of the team was low, the confidence was low.”
On Ten Hag, Fernandes said: “First of all, he has an idea. 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 and in the way they choose the transfer market and build the team, which is really important for them to get the rewards.”