Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has praised the performances of his players in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
The German only held one full training session with the squad ahead of the Premier League fixture, so he is delighted by the messages that have already been picked up and put into practice.
In particular, Rangnick feels the team showed greater control against the Eagles in a new formation and kept a crucial clean sheet at the Theatre of Dreams.
United earned the win thanks to Fred’s sensational second-half goal and the beaming Brazilian is picked out for praise in Ralf’s various post-match comments, which you can read here…
He said, “Overall, I’m happy. I’m positively surprised how many things they brought on the pitch, bearing in mind we had not even a full training session yesterday. We had a few conversations with players individually and with the group of players. The first half-hour was amazing I thought, with high speed, high intensity, high tempo. We were always on the front foot during the game and the only thing missing in that part of the game was missing scoring one, two or even three goals. Then from the 30th to the 45th minute, the tempo was a bit lower but we still had control and at half-time, I just told them to keep the tempo high, keep the intensity high, keep them in our half, keep them away from our own half and our own box. In the end we scored a beautiful goal by Fred with his strong right foot (smiles). No, everything’s fine. In the last three minutes obviously they took all the risks with a few corner kicks and free kicks but we defended everything well.”