Ralph Rangnick’s bow at Manchester United received rave reviews from Jamie Carragher, who spotted the German’s influence throughout their victory over Crystal Palace.
The Red Devils beat Patrick Vieira’s men 1-0 at Old Trafford thanks to the unlikely scorer Fred – keeping their first clean sheet at home of the 2021-22 season.
The naivety and defensive madness of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last days were gone, and Rangnick’s organized press philosophy was on display from the start. The German had only two days to prepare his new charges at Carrington.
Manchester United got off to a winning start against Crystal Palace under Ralf Rangnick
The German interim coach immediately began to exert his influence on the squad on Sunday
“I was impressed with Manchester United,” Liverpool legend Carragher told SkySports. “Because Ragnick marked the team from day one.
“It was a review of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it’s a similarity to Klopp and Tuchel. He immediately affixed a stamp, with his system and pressing from the front.
“The best managers – certainly these German managers who came on when the season has already started – they marked their team in the first game, Tuchel and Klopp, two of the best managers in Europe.
“Whatever you say about United’s performance yesterday, Ragnick left his mark on his team. ”
Jamie Carragher praised Rangnick’s quick work with his new struggling loads
United have shut down Palace much more efficiently and have kept their counter from entering
United already have 11 points off leaders Manchester City, but have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League and just three points from the top four.
Stopping the flood of goals against David De Gea was no easy feat for Rangnick on Saturday. Only Leicester have conceded more goals among the Premier League’s top 15 teams.
Carragher Monday Night Football colleague Gary Neville is feeling optimistic after a period of torture for United fans.
“They got there and got the job done,” added the former right-back.
Ragnick still faces a tough task to get the Old Trafford club back on track this season
“I came out of it saying: What a good 30 minutes, that’s what we want to see from United. In the last hour, they just crossed the line, they got a little tired.
“I’m actually thinking today and respecting the last 60 minutes more because Rangnick has had 48 hours to coach his team and let’s be clear, in the last six to seven weeks we’ve said United have been a mess defensively.
“Conceding goals like you wouldn’t believe, beaten at home by Liverpool and City, all the teams have passed them. What Rangnick would have wanted yesterday was order, and I think we got it.
“The most important thing Rangnick did in his 48 hours of work was to get the clean sheet, stop the counterattack, not be chaotic and messy and I think those are very good foundations to build on. “