(Manchester United-Crystal Palace 1-0) Manchester United interim manager Ralph Rangnick (63) managed to cheer three points in his first game as coach.
Fred was occasionally humiliated in the Manchester United midfield, but became the big champion on Sunday when United earned three points in Ralph Rangnick’s first game as Manchester United manager.
For a long time it seemed that Manchester United would lose to Old Trafford for the fourth time in the Premier League this season, but in the 77th minute of the match, the Brazilian seized the opportunity.
From 20 metres, he sent the ball wide to the farthest point and secured a good start for the new Manchester United coach with a 1-0 win at home against Crystal Palace.
The goal is only the sixth goal for Alfred at the club in 137 games.
Fred owns these moments, one take a year. Everyone is happy on his behalf, because he is such a nice guy. It works a lot and people don’t talk about it. United’s Bruno Fernandes tells the BBC he is commendable.
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It was clear that Ralph Rangnick, the “Godfather of Counterpressure”, had gotten into some of his philosophy before the confrontation against Crystal Palace.
– It depends on the match. Sometimes you have to push more, other times less. Everyone knows the manager wants more pressure from us, says Fernandez.
The first 25 minutes were unbelievable, at a fantastic pace. Fernandez believes we could have scored many goals in the first half.
Manchester United dominated most of the match in the first half and were at times impressive in the press game. But the big opportunities did not come, and the teams went to the break after a goalless match.
In the second half, both teams had good chances. United full-back Alex Telles hit the crossbar after the break, while Jordan Ayew misused Crystal Palace’s biggest chance by putting the ball outside the penalty area with a quarter of an hour left – a symptom of the striker who hasn’t scored since November. 7 last year.
Instead, it was Fred who cared about the opportunity, when he hit the ball well into the net from 20 meters away three minutes later.
Rangnick became Manchester United coach on November 29, and will lead the club out of the season. The German took over to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sent off the day after Manchester United’s 1-4 loss away to Watford on November 20.
Solskjaer was then director of the club for nearly three years, having taken over on December 19, 2018.
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