In an effort to explain Manchester United’s disastrous start to the season, Bruno Fernandes claimed the team was tormented by “ghosts from their past.”

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Erik ten Hag’s first league games as Manchester United’s manager resulted in two devastating losses for the midfield maestro and his teammates.

Since then, performance has significantly improved as the new manager has gotten to know his team.

However, it makes the weekend’s opening losses to Brighton at home and at Brentford even more puzzling.

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When Harry Maguire was benched this season, Fernandes, who has been captain since, said to the Athletic that prior experiences might have been a deciding factor.

He said: “You could feel it between us, between the fans, in the atmosphere, that it was like getting back to the past.

“Everyone felt that 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.”

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He added: “Confidence in football is not everything but almost everything. When you have the confidence of your team-mates, your coach, the fans, it is really important because sometimes on the pitch, when you miss a pass and everyone is…

“You can feel it in that moment. But when you miss a pass and react quickly, you see the fans appreciate it, so for us, it is about having the confidence that we are capable of doing something.

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 “When I talk about the ghosts of the past, I mean that we felt in the past that every time we miss a pass or something, we were letting someone down, so you start missing more. Instead, you must think, ‘I have to try’.

United’s results have improved in recent weeks as a result of their vital victory over Liverpool.

They then triumphed over Southampton, Leicester, and Arsenal.

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