Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace: Ralf Rangnick's reign starts with a win as Fred scores
Ralf Rangnick gets off to the perfect start as Manchester United manager as his side edge past Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
Fred the enigma turns match-winnerFred was one of the major focuses for criticism during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reign as manager, which ended last month.As Michael Carrick pointed out during his three-match spell as United's caretaker manager, the midfielder is a mainstay of a Brazil team that dominated World Cup qualification in South America.
Yet he has never given any indication, through either goalscoring or chance creation, that he is worthy of the £47m United paid for him.He is industrious, though. And, judging by his little dance after the celebrations of his goal broke up, he is not without personality, which may be helpful to Rangnick over the coming months.
The German has not had a full training session with his players yet but there was certainly an intensity about United's early pressing, with Cristiano Ronaldo among those doing it on a couple of occasions.It did harry Palace into a couple of mistakes - but then, as happened so many times under Solskjaer, before, the game settled down, the fire went out of the hosts and they started to rely more on crosses and individual moments to cause the visitors problems. headtopics.com
Marc Guehi managed to block a Ronaldo volley at close-range after the Portuguese had beaten the Palace offside trap and Tomkins headed a curling Fred shot away from danger.Probably the hosts' best opportunity in the opening period fell to Bruno Fernandes, who didn't hit his shot cleanly but still forced a low full-length save out of Guaita after Ronaldo had set up the chance with an elaborate header.
United did not reach the same heights after the interval, although the introductions of Greenwood and Anthony Elanga at least kept them pushing forward until the decisive moment came.Another defeat for PalacePalace have now lost three Premier League games in a row for the first time under Patrick Vieira's management.
The Eagles are six points above the bottom three and clearly need to halt the slide before they end up in trouble.Having achieved their previous victories in this stadium with 29% and 24% possession respectively, Palace actually did far better in this contest, with 39%.
But, other than Ayew's effort, an early Wilfried Zaha shot easily saved by David de Gea and a flurry of late set-pieces sent into the United box that were all cleared, Palace lacked conviction.Zaha was a particular disappointment as he hardly got into the game, especially in the second-half when Cheikhou Kouyate and Conor Callagher carried a greater threat. headtopics.com
Manchester United's next match is against Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday, 8 December (20:00 GMT), and their next Premier League game is at Norwich on Saturday, 11 December (17:30 GMT).Crystal Palace's next game is against Everton at Selhurst Park on Sunday, 12 December (16:30 GMT).Read more: BBC News (UK) »
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