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Ralf Rangnick's Manchester United Already Hit A Milestone Not Achieved Since Sir Alex Ferguson

Daniel Marland

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Ralf Rangnick's Manchester United Already Hit A Milestone Not Achieved Since Sir Alex Ferguson

Ralf Rangnick's Manchester United have already hit a milestone not achieved since Sir Alex Ferguson was at the helm.

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Sunday saw United run out 1-0 winners against Crystal Palace to give Rangnick a win in his first game as interim manager.

The 63-year-old is known for his intense style of play, earning the 'godfather of gegenpressing' moniker back in his native Germany.

It was on display at Old Trafford from minute one and United managed to regain possession 12 times in the final third against Palace - more than in any game since 2013.

Patrick Vieira's side couldn't cope with the relentless pressure while trying to play out from the back, turning over possession frequently.

Rangnick's style has influenced a number of top managers around the world, including Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.

They had a number of chances yesterday but failed to convert, until the 77th minute.

The ball sailed over Vicente Guaita as Rangnick celebrated on the touchline.

"I'm very happy with the way the team performed, the way they played - especially the first half-hour, that was exceptional," Rangnick told The Guardian.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

"The only thing missing was 1-0 or 2-0. We had control of the game. I am very happy with the result and the clean sheet."

United lined up in a 4-2-2-2 formation, with Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes supporting strikers Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford.

"For me, the question was how do we get pressure on the ball, how do we get control? So I decided to play 4-2-2-2 with two strikers, not Cristiano alone up front, together with Marcus [Rashford], using pace for vertical balls," he explained.

"At the same time, with Jadon [Sancho] and Bruno on the two 10 positions, for the rest [of the players] it was the same.

"We had enough space with Bruno and Jadon in those 10 positions for our full-backs to play forward and ask for the ball on the wing.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

"They [Bruno and Sancho] almost played like wing-backs. Especially in the first-half, Alex [Telles] and Diogo [Dalot], did extremely well offensively and that's why I played 4-2-2-2. I'm a big fan of every player plays in his best possible position."

After a poor run under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United now have three wins in their last four in all competitions.

They return to action against Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Football, Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, Ralf Rangnick, Premier League

Daniel Marland
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