Man United’s Cristiano Ronaldo praised for defensive work by new boss Ralf Rangnick

Newly appointed boss Ralf Rangnick praised Cristiano Ronaldo’s defensive work as his Manchester United regime started off perfectly with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The German’s first game as interim manager ended in a victory after Fred’s goal late in the second half.

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Rangnick said afterwards that he was delighted with United’s first clean sheet at home since April and credited Ronaldo for his role in keeping Palace out.

“The way we defended, we controlled the whole game, the clean sheet was the most important part,” Rangnick told the BBC.

“By the way, Cristiano Ronaldo’s work without a ball, hat.

“I’m very happy with the way the team performed, especially the first half, with the pressing, it was exceptional. The only thing missing was the 1-0 or 2-0.

“These are the things we have to improve on. We have to keep a clean sheet. With just that one training session I was really impressed. We did much better than expected.”

United dominated for much of the game, but had to wait 13 minutes before Fred scored his second goal of the season with a fantastic effort with his weaker right foot sailing into the top corner.

The result gave United consecutive wins for the second time this season.

“I had to ask my assistant coach if that was Fred’s right foot, I thought he could only shoot with his left,” Rangnick said. “I’m happy for him.

“We’ve always tried to be up front. We were never absent, maybe the last five minutes. At all other times we tried to keep them away from our goal.

“It’s always easier to build on things after you’ve been successful. We need to produce more clean sheets and get better at creating chances for our attack. Overall, I was very pleased with the way we played today. “

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