Ralf Rangnick said he was delighted with Manchester United’s ‘forefoot’ performance as his opener as interim manager ended in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford Sunday.
The victory, which came thanks to Fred’s strike in the 77th minute and only featured a third league clean sheet this season, lifted United to sixth place with 24 points, three behind West Ham in the last place in the Champions League, in a fourth unbeaten match in all competitions. .
“I’m very happy with the way the team played, the way they played – especially the first half hour it was exceptional,” Rangnick said. “The only thing that was missing was 1-0 or 2-0. We had control of the game. I’m very happy with the result and the clean sheet.
Rangnick, who only had one full workout to work out, admitted his surprise. “I said in my first press conference, there are things we need to improve, to get clean sheets, to take control of the game. [my players] showed was more than I expected, to be honest, ”said the German. “I was positively surprised by the physical condition and the intensity, the first half hour was incredible, I felt it was an extremely high pace, high intensity, always on the front of the stage . “
Rangnick retained the same team that beat Arsenal on Thursday. “It made sense not to change positions too much after the victory. Everyone was in great shape, recovered. The question was how to put the pressure, the control, so I went for the 4-2-2-2, Cristiano [Ronaldo], Marcus [Rashford] in attack, Jadon [Sancho] and Bruno [Fernandes] in both 10 positions.
“And we had enough space with Bruno and Jadon for our full-backs to play up front on the wing and they almost played like full-backs. Alexis [Telles] and Diogo [Dalot] did very well offensively. That’s why I played 4-2-2-2, I’m a big fan. The most difficult and demanding positions of this formation are the two 10. “
Rangnick also praised Ronaldo, on the 36-year-old’s willingness to implement the German’s top pressing style. “What Ronaldo did today ‘against the ball’: hat. “
The 63-year-old also suggested that a heavily modified side could face Young Boys at Old Trafford on Wednesday as United have already qualified for the Champions League.