Fred’s strike gives Manchester United three points at Old Trafford

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Fred celebrates his winning goal with his Manchester United team mates (Photo: Google)

Rangnick says club not so bad afterall

By Valentine Amanze

Manchester United’s Brazilian midfielder, Fred, stole the day at the Old Trafford, with his second half strike that gave the clubb all the three points against hard-fighting Crystal Palce in a Premier League on Sunday December 5, 2021.

The match, which was the Red Davils’ first under the new manager, Ralf Rangnick, leaved up to the expectations of the club’s fans, as the team kept an unsual clean sheet at Old Trafford.

A more energetic United display looked like going unrewarded against a dogged Crystal Palace outfit until Fred struck first-time from Mason Greenwood’s lay-off to send a superb 20-yard effort curling over Vicente Guaita and into the top corner for the winner.

It was only Fred’s second goal of the season – and it was the first time since the middle of September that United have recorded back-to-back league wins.

On the performance of his team in his maiden outing, Rangnick said to BBC: “I am very happy with the way the team performed, especially the first half hour, with the pressing, it was exceptional.

“The only thing missing was the 1-0 or 2-0.

“The way we defended, we had control of the whole game.

“The clean sheet was the most important part. These are the things we must improve. We need to keep clean sheets. With just the one training session, I was really impressed. We did much better than expected.

“We always tried to be on the front foot. We were never not apart from maybe the last five minutes. At all other times we were trying to keep them away from our goal.”

On Fred’s goal, the new manager said, “I had to ask my assistant coach if that was Fred’s right foot.

“I thought he could only shoot with his left. I’m happy for him.

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

Palace, who were looking to win for a third successive season at Old Trafford, came close to taking the lead themselves when Jordan Ayew turned James Tomkins header across the face of goal and narrowly wide of the far post.

The victory meant that Rangnick emulated three of Manchester United’s other four new managers since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 by winning his first match at the helm, with Louis van Gaal the only man to fail.

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