Man Utd players clash with Crystal Palace after "completely unnecessary" tackle

Manchester United players Fred and Bruno Fernandes got involved in a heated altercation with Jordan Ayew during their side’s friendly with Crystal Palace.

Erik ten Hag’s men faced off against their Premier League rivals and ran out 3-1 winners in Melbourne. But tempers flared when attacker Ayew went in heavy on Fernandes, leaving the Portuguese midfielder furious.

The Palace player was booked for the challenge on the hour mark. But even still, United players raged with other team-mates getting involved in the scrap, including Brazil star Fred who was first to come up and gave Ayew a shove before other players were then held back.

Commentators were stunned watching on, as they called Ayew’s tackle “completely unnecessary”. Meanwhile, on the sidelines, Ten Hag fumed to the fourth official about the strength of the tackle.

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It has been a decent period for the Red Devils during their tour in Australia. They capped off another win in their pre-season, this time goals from Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho secured a neat victory and their third of the campaign.

Their south London opponents did hit back when Joel Ward found the net, but United held on even despite their youngster Will Fish getting red carded. It comes as United legend Roy Keane warned Ten Hag that he must not 'settle' for top-four in his inaugural campaign with the side.

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Speaking to SkyBet, Keane said: "I don't think that should be your mindset going into a season that you'd settle for fourth. You're obviously going to do as well as you can and you're competing to get into the Champions League; for financial reasons, the brand, the club, the top players want to play in that.

"But you shouldn't be ruling out that you can still win a cup competition, [it was a] disastrous season and you'd like to think there will be some improvement, but I wouldn't just sit there — as poor as they are and go; 'I'd settle for top four'. I wouldn't."

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