Ralf Rangnick got his stint as Manchester United manager off to a winning start with one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Palace kept United at bay throughout the game before Fred scored his second goal of the season with a curling effort in the 77th minute to seal all three points. The win took them within three points of the Top Four and into sixth place.

Player ratings

Man Utd: De Gea (6), Dalot (6), Lindelof (7), Maguire (7), Alex Telles (6), McTominay (6), Fred (8), Sancho (6), Fernandes (6), Rashford (5), Ronaldo (6).
Subs: Greenwood (6), Elanga (5), Van de Beek (n/a).

Crystal Palace: Guaita (6), Mitchell (6), Tomkins (7), Guehi (7), Clyne (6), Gallagher (6), Kouyate (6), Schlupp (6), Ayew (6), Zaha (5), Benteke (5).
Subs: Edouard (5), Olise (n/a), Eze (n/a),

Man of the Match: Fred

Managers Reaction

Man Utd interim manager Ralf Rangnick: “I’m more than happy. First of all, most importantly, we won the game. Second, we had a clean sheet, third I think we no doubt deserved to win because we had control of the game.”

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira: “It wasn’t our best performance. We defended well as a team but in possession, we weren’t brave enough. I strongly believe there was space for us to play better.” he added. “I thought the game would end as a draw; both teams didn’t create many chances. When we had the opportunity to score through Jordan [Ayew], we didn’t take it and we got punished straight away. This is the higher level, we need to learn, we need to learn fast.”

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