|Fred the Red! Manchester United midfielder celebrates after scoring the winner against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)
Manchester United got off to a winning start under new manager Ralf Rangnick and you can immediately see the much advertised “gengen pressing” in full gear.
1-0 score line can often be swept under the carpet of luck
and whatnot but you can’t overemphasize the importance of such result in the scheme
of things as it has somehow restored United into the top six mix firmly with
sights on the top four at least for now.
Crystal Palace had other ideas for the new manager as they
took the game to United, stay in the game for as long as possible was the plan
and the Eagles did just that before a goal from an unlikely source undid their
Fred has been a subject of criticism in all of United’s bad
games but no one talks about the fact that every single manager that has walked
into Old Trafford since he was signed picked him every time he was available;
that should count for something.
Rangnick restored the same team that started against Arsenal
in midweek then chopped things on the hour mark as he went in search of the
first goal of his reigns. Mason Greenwood was called on and there was also a
shock introduction of young Sweden lad Elanga for the tired Marcus Rashford.
It was Greenwood who took a pass in the area, held up well
and then set up Fred who’s effort beat Vincent Guita at the top corner, Old
Trafford went into bedlam, Fred wheeled away in celebration and the manager
punched the air in sheer excitement.
Palace threw everything forward, Patrick Vieira chased the
game with the introduction of Ebere Eze and Michael Olise, but it was too
little too late to deny the Red Devils their much needed first win under their
interim German tactician.
The result took United to sixth, just behind Spurs in 5th
after the North London side swept aside bottom club Norwich on Sunday and one
point ahead of Arsenal although the Gunners could leapfrog them with a win at
troubled Everton on Monday night football.