The Manchester United players have quickly took on board Ralf Rangnick’s tactics as seen in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
It was a narrow victory but there was a huge improvement in performance, with United controlling the game throughout the game and the team didn’t have to deal with much pressure from Patrick Vieira’s side.
We knew that following Rangnick’s appointment United would press more, but this was a team that just a few weeks ago looked incapable of troubling its opposition.
Rangnick started with Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford up front, with Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho forming a duo in behind as United were shaped in a 4-2-2-2 formation against Palace.
As a quartet they worked brilliantly, and we hope that with even more time spent under Rangnick things will properly click into place. It’s still early days but the signs are promising.
It was Fred who scored the only goal in today’s game. A cracker with his weak foot (right) from outside the box which had Rangnick is disbelief.
When United try to win the ball further up the pitch it allows the team to attack quicker and more efficiently. The Reds managed to keep Palace away from dangerous areas but constantly asked questions of their defence.
The players caused havoc for Vieira’s side — on and off the ball.
According to Squawka, United made 77 passes into the final third against Palace, which is the most United have managed in a Premier League.
Talk about having an instant impact.
#mufc made 77 passes into the final third against Crystal Palace, the most United have managed in a Premier League game this season #mulive [@Squawka]
— utdreport (@utdreport) December 5, 2021
United will face tougher opposition than Palace in the coming weeks but at least Rangnick’s reign got off to a winning start.
It’s a bonus that he can be happy with his players’ performance as well sa carrying out his instructions so early on.