Manchester United set up in a 4-2-2-2 formation in Ralf Rangnick's first game in charge, with the interim manager telling Cristiano Ronaldo to press against Crystal Palace.
Rangnick named an unchanged team from their victory over Arsenal in midweek for today's Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
But he's already implemented his style into Man United, with the team setting up in a revolutionary formation for the club.
Maybe just a bit excited, but definitely looks like a 4-2-2-2 in the high-block. Lateral compactness, ball-far player tucking in, pressing with cover-shadow, aggressive pressures - it´s all there. pic.twitter.com/KeUIQl5sqG
- Eric Laurie (@EricLaurie) December 5, 2021
In the opening minutes, Rangnick's side pressed in an organised fashion in an energetic start to the match.
A video also surfaced of the 63-year-old German telling Ronaldo and his teammates to press.
Ralf Rangnick makes sure Ronaldo and colleagues run the press with the right intensity:eyes:
MUFC vs. CPFC, live now on Mola: https://t.co/v0Z0eQHB9p#MUNCRY#EPLDIMOLA pic.twitter.com/JqGohQYiP4
- SuperSoccer TV (@my_supersoccer) December 5, 2021
The Red Devils dominated the possession in the first half, but failed to open the scoring.
Encouraging early signs from United! :chart_with_upwards_trend:
Keep pressing, lads :punch:#MUFC ' #MUNCRY
- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 5, 2021
Got these man pinned back pic.twitter.com/bczyNUQhPU
- :o::milky_way:Tox Variant:milky_way::o: (@Tox2K21) December 5, 2021
Rangnick's influence evident from the start. United pressing and closing down with greater urgency and winning back possession swiftly #MUFC
- David McDonnell (@DiscoMirror) December 5, 2021
Crystal Palace [H] was Man Utd's strongest first half of the season for:- Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) December 5, 2021
:radio_button: passed ending in the final third 
:radio_button: passes into the final third 
:radio_button: touches in the opposition's box 
:radio_button: passes into the opposition's box 
:radio_button: possession won in the final third  pic.twitter.com/4wunH8xq0V
Speaking ahead of managing his first game in England's top flight, he said he wants his team to eventually become 'pressing monsters' in a revealing insight into his managerial style.
"I cannot turn the players we have into the pressing monsters I want them to be within two, three or four weeks," he explained.
"You have to be aware of what kind of players you have and where they stand.
"I cannot ask things of them that they can't deliver right now. I have to take them and accept where they currently are. They are experienced and smart enough to know that."
On his style compared to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, he added: "Well my football is definitely not a slow waltz.
"I am not that far apart from Jurgen in terms of our ideas about a style of football. That's no secret.
"But the same happened to Jurgen when he came in the middle of the season and they finished eighth or ninth. Liverpool had a lot of injuries in that time - muscle injuries - because they were not used to that kind of training. So we have to be smart."
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