At the weekend Manchester United played their first game under Interim Manager Ralf Rangnick beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at Old Trafford via a stunning strike from Brazilian midfielder Fred in the 77th minute of the match.
This victory now means that Manchester United are just three points off West Ham United in fourth and after just one training session under the German, the signs were obvious to see, as, throughout this match, there seemed to be an air of control, composure and proactiveness that those who watch the Old Trafford club have not seen regularly this season, as United actually made the most interceptions they have made in the final third of the pitch since Sir Alex’s days, doing so 12 times and kept their first home clean sheet of the season, having conceded in their last 15 home games, their worst run since 1958/59.
The former Schalke 04 manager lined up in a 4-2-2-2 formation which was that which we became accustomed to seeing during his time as Sporting Director and coach of German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig. Most importantly, it worked, as Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford all defended from the front, perhaps a sign of things to come.
The performance itself was dominant, against a side that certainly can’t be underestimated in Palace, as prior to this they had drawn 2-2 with Arsenal, as well as beaten Manchester City 2-0 and Tottenham Hotspur 3-0. The Red Devils also hadn’t defeated the Eagles at home since the 2017/18 season, drawing 0-0 and losing 2-1 and 3-1 in the following campaigns.
Following this result and the manner of performance, there are some who are posing the question of if Rangnick will stay as manager longer than his sixth-month Interim contract, as the German even mentioned that he may suggest as part of his consultancy role that he stays in the Old Trafford hot seat longer.