Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: 5 Things We Learned

Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge of Manchester United starts with a win against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford making it two consecutive wins in the premier league.

Fred’s screamer, the Only goal of the game, keeps Manchester United’s ambitions of securing a Champions League spot alive.

Here are the things learned from United vs Crystal Palace

1. Control

Clear from his first Press Conference, Rangnick spoke more about balance and control and it was visible from the very start of the game.

Manchester United played more in the Opposition’s half possessing more of the ball, 66% in the first half. An instant impact after a short time with the players, one session that lasted 45min.

2. Made it work with Ronaldo

Ronaldo fit well in a pressing side, a question that many pundits had put.

Changing to a 4-2-2-2 formation without the ball, Sancho and Rashford did the running for the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner putting pressure on the opposition.

United was more direct in possession, transitioning the ball quickly and creating more goal-scoring chances.

3. Full-backs integral in the new system

Bringing Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho in off the wings, and pushing the full-backs further up the pitch it was clear that United was out to attack.

With Luke Shaw out from an injury and Wan-Bissaka having a bad run of games, Alex Telles and Diogo Dalot stepped up. Both got forward well, Dalot came close to scoring while Telles hit the bar.

4. Fred proving his worth

Coming under heavy criticism and sometimes used as a scapegoat during Ole Gunnar’s tenure, the Brazilian International is showing great improvement scoring the winner, making it two goals, as many as the last three campaigns.

Fred made it to BBC Sport team of the week alongside midfielders; Silva, Bowen, and Sterling.

5. Youth players are get a chance

No place on the bench for the usual obvious players; Antony Martial and Lingard. The Swedish striker, Antony Elanga got a chance to play in the last 15 min of the game.

Author: Clinton Salmon

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