Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Ralf Rangnick was appointed as the Reds' interim manager earlier this week and the German will take charge of United for the first time this weekend. Rangnick was in the stands on Thursday night as United overcame a slow start to beat Arsenal 3-2.
"They were at that time lacking confidence, which is normal after the last couple of weeks with having lost that many games and conceded that many goals," Rangnick said when asked for his thoughts on United's performance versus Arsenal.
Rangnick didn't make any changes from the team that beat Arsenal and United looked bright and lively in the first half. Palace defended well, though, and United only broke their resolve through a brilliant finish from Fred with 15 minutes to play.
The Rangnick era starts with three points and a first home clean sheet since April earlier this year.
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Fernandes reveals what Rangnick wants from his players
Bruno Fernandes has revealed that Ralf Rangnick wants 'more pressure' and 'more aggressiveness' from his Manchester United players.
Rangnick was appointed as United's interim manager earlier this week and he took his first game in charge on Sunday afternoon.
Regarding team selection, the Reds remained unchanged from Thursday's 3-2 win over Arsenal and they started well against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, pressing with great purpose, and the visitors would only stand firm against United until the second half.
With 15 minutes to go, Fred swept home from the edge of the box with a beautiful finish to break the deadlock in the game.
Read what Fernandes had to say here.
Rangnick's impact is already benefiting some United players
Of all the players to procure the breakthrough for Ralf Rangnick, it was a player signed under Jose Mourinho who became integral under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Fred has now scored for all three Manchester United managers.
Rangnick had a hand in the goal from the dugout, introducing the polished Mason Greenwood. His equanimity in a crowded penalty area drew opponents and left Fred unattended. Perhaps that was Palace's plan, given the Brazilian had only tallied five goals for United in three-and-a-half years. Fred's technique belied that statistic, caressing the ball gently so it looped over the reach of Vicente Guaita and into the Stretford End net. Fred was so giddy he lost his balance as he embarked on his celebration.
This was an encouraging opening performance of the Rangnick era. Rangnick only oversaw one training session with almost the entirety of the squad available for selection on Saturday before they checked in at The Lowry Hotel and already certain individuals have benefited. The full-backs, Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles, are technically back-up to Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw but maybe not for much longer.
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Dalot hails Manchester United 'underdog' after Crystal Palace win
Diogo Dalot has piled the pressure on Manchester United 'underdog' Fred after he scored the first goal of the Ralf Rangnick era at Old Trafford.
The Brazilian midfielder shone for United at the weekend and netted the only goal of the game in their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Fred has arguably been United's best performer in recent weeks and is being tipped for a standout role playing as part of Rangnick's high-pressing midfield set-up.
The Brazil international stole the show with his excellent goal to secure the three points on Sunday afternoon and after the match teammate Dalot praised Fred for his commitment to the team.
Read what Dalot had to say here.
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