Ralf Rangnick stated his Manchester United team performed “better than expected” in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in his first game as temporary manager.
A more active United performance appeared to go unrewarded against a tenacious Crystal Palace side until midfielder Fred struck first-time from Mason Greenwood’s lay-off, sending a magnificent 20-yard shot over Vicente Guaita and into the top corner.
It was only Fred’s second goal of the season, but it was United’s first back-to-back league victories since the middle of September.
Rangnick’s side generated multiple decent chances before the Brazilian’s effort, but they never looked like they were going to score, and Guaita would have stopped an Alex Telles free-kick that skimmed the bar if it had been on target.
Rangnick told BBC Match of the Day, “I am really satisfied with the way the team performed, especially the opening half hour, with the pressing, it was amazing.” “The 1-0 or 2-0 was the only thing missing.”
Source: BBC Sport