Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace – Football Match Report – December 5, 2021

Manchester United won 1-0 at Crystal Palace on Sunday’s debut from new manager Ralf Rangnick thanks to Fred’s second-half goal at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

With only 13 minutes to go, and just moments after Palace’s Jordan Ayew missed a huge opportunity, Fred found it just after a neat withdrawal from Mason Greenwood.

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Rangnick, who was announced on Monday as the replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, was unable to lead from the dugout in Thursday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal, so Sunday was his first official game in charge.

United’s players showed they had followed their new manager’s instructions as they pushed from the front and played at a noticeably faster pace.

The home side were by far the better side the whole time, as they closed Palace at every opportunity and refused to give their opponents the ball.

Rangnick started with Cristiano Ronaldo on the attack alongside Marcus Rashford with the two backed by Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes, but United rarely threatened Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita with the apparent missing ball.

Palace had won on their two previous visits to Old Trafford, and as the match progressed and United’s players were unable to press with the same intensity, causing some frustration among the home fans, there was a feeling that the visitors were in for a third consecutive time. could make. good luck.

In the 75th minute, Ayew fired James Tomkins’ knockdown over the goal and wide, beating David de Gea, while Cheikhou Kouyate couldn’t get in – and they paid for that miss when Fred opened the scoring two minutes later .

The clean sheet was United’s first this season at Old Trafford and it put them three points behind West Ham United in fourth place, while Palace remained 13th.

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