Manchester United recorded a 1-0 victory over Patrick Viere’s Crystal Palace, and Fred scored in the 77th minute of the world. The team started with the same lineup that Michael Carrick chose during his recent 3-2 Premier League win over Arsenal.
Diego Dalot and Alex Telles got their starts again while they were captain of the club Harry Maguire partner Victor Lindelof. Rangnick was left with a double pivot by Scott McTominay and Brazilian Fred in the middle of the field. Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, started his second game in three days with Marcus Rashford on his favorite left wing. This allowed Jadon Sancho to play on the right.
After an intense start to the match, Manchester United lost a little strength in the second half. However, Fred hit with his right foot outside the penalty area. Manchester United defended well in the last 10 minutes and came away with the win.
After the match, Cristiano Ronaldo posted the following message on Instagram:
“Step by step, we stand United!”
Cristiano Ronaldo plays 90 minutes in Ralph Rangnick’s first leading game for Manchester United
At his first press conference, Ralph Rangnick pointed out that he would do only one training session with the entire team. The same XI played against Arsenal on Thursday, and it was only on Friday that he was included in light training. However, Manchester United looked like a far different team. Many fans claim on Reddit that this is the best they have played in recent years.
Rangnick only replaced Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. The team played an intense brand of high-pressure football in the first half. The defenders maintained an extremely high line throughout the game, with Maguire and Lindelof spending most of the game in the middle of the Palace.
The high pace was accompanied by the bombing of the defenders who gave breadth. They allowed the winger to play inside most of the game. United returned the Palace to their own half, keeping the high line. This showed the fans an insight into the top attacking game that the team is easily capable of.
Less space for attack meant that United relied on short passes, quick substitution and a change of wings. Fred was easily a player of the match. He was everywhere and he didn’t seem to stop running throughout the game. The rest of the team, except perhaps the defenders and Cristiano Ronaldo, looked tired after the hour was up.
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However, the same team played a few days ago and had only a few days of training under Ralph Rangnick. Fred’s performance was complemented by an extraordinary finish with his right foot, which the Brazilian was especially delighted with. Under Ralph Rangnick, he could be a player who becomes an integral part of Manchester United’s midfielder.