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  • Ralf Rangnick
    Ralf Rangnick
    German association football manager

The Ralf Rangnick era is under way and has an unlikely first hero, though perhaps a fitting one too. If this interim interregnum is all about taking players who appeared broken under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and repairing, repurposing and restoring them, then who better to get things going than Fred?

The much-maligned Manchester United midfielder was injuring his own goalkeeper on this ground only three days ago. Now, on the occasion of Rangnick’s first game in temporary charge, he was a match-winner, serenaded to a Joy Division tune by those still sat in the Stretford End while doing his post-match media duties. David de Gea’s ankles aren’t the only thing he is tearing apart now.

You can add a stubborn though largely second-best Crystal Palace to that list. Patrick Vieira’s side held out for 77 minutes only to be defeated by Fred’s uncharacteristically spectacular strike from range. This could all have taken on a very complexion if Jordan Ayew had converted one of this game’s few genuine chances just minutes earlier but, even so, it was a win that United just about deserved. Full report by Mark Critchley here.

Follow all the fallout from the game, the first look at United under Rangnick.

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 Manchester United vs Crystal Palace
Manchester United XI: Man United XI: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelöf, Maguire, Telles, McTominay, Fred, Sancho, Bruno, Rashford, Ronaldo
Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Clyne, Tomkins, Guéhi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Schlupp, Kouyaté; Ayew, Benteke, Zaha
GOAL! Fred curls in beauty to hand Man United lead at Old Trafford, 1-0!

 Manchester United see off Crystal Palace as Fred gives Ralf Rangnick immediate lift-off
Sunday 5 December 2021 16:28 , Michael JonesThe Ralf Rangnick era is underway at Manchester United and has an unlikely first hero, though perhaps a fitting one, too. If this interim interregnum is all about taking players who appeared broken under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and repairing, repurposing and restoring them, then who better to get things going than Fred?Man United see off Crystal Palace as Fred gives Ralf Rangnick lift-off

 Fred scores unlikely winner as Ralf Rangnick era starts with Man Utd victory
Sunday 5 December 2021 16:24 , Michael JonesThe Ralf Rangnick era got off to a winning start as Fred fired Manchester United to a hard-fought victory against Crystal PalaceHaving watched Thursday’s 3-2 triumph against Arsenal from the stands, the 63-year-old interim manager was on the Old Trafford touchline for the first time when Patrick Vieira’s men came to town.Rangnick’s reign – and first match as a manager in 925 days – began in victorious fashion on Sunday, when Fred proved the unlikely match-winner with a superb curling late effort that saw off Palace 1-0.Fred scores unlikely winner as Ralf Rangnick era starts with Man Utd victory

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 Man Utd 1 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 16:18 , Michael JonesFred has scored twice in 12 Premier League matches this season, as many as he scored in 76 appearances in his first three seasons in the competition with Manchester United beforehand. 

 Reaction from Bruno Fernandes
Sunday 5 December 2021 16:12 , Michael JonesManchester United’s Bruno Fernandes says he is pleased with the victory but understands that more is expected of the players under Ralf Rangnick. Fernandes told BBC MOTD after the match: We had to carry on with what we did in the last game against Arsenal. We are happy because we got the three points. The results could have been even better.“Fred has these moments, one shot per year. Everyone is happy for him because he’s such a nice guy. He works a lot and people don’t talk about him. He deserves the praise.“I think it depends on the game, sometimes you have to press more, sometimes less. But everyone knows the manager wants more pressing from us.“The first 25 minutes was unbelievable, great tempo. We could have scored so many in the first half. We have to follow our new manager’s instructions. Now we go again to the Champions League.”

 Manchester United vs Crystal Palace result and five things we learned from Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge
Sunday 5 December 2021 16:09 , Michael JonesManchester United defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 at Old Trafford as Fred scored a late winner in interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge.The Brazilian produced a wonderful first-time finish from the angle in the 77th minute to earn United back-to-back wins in the Premier League following their 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Thursday.Five things we learned as Man United’s Ralf Rangnick era begins with win over Palace

 Man Utd 1 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 16:06 , Michael Jones Manchester United’s first half performance was almost a complete blueprint of Ralf Rangnick’s style. They had aggressive pressing, clear attacking patterns and intent, off the ball structure, and reduced of shots against in the box. There was also plenty of evidence that Manchester United aren’t physically conditioned for this kind of intensity, and they dropped off significantly in pretty much every department in the second half. Fred’s goal was a moment of class from the front edge of the box and Rangnick won’t want to be relying on these moments to ensure his team keep winning games. 

 Man Utd 1 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 16:00 , Michael JonesOf the six German managers to lead teams in the Premier League Ralf Rangnick is the first to win his first game in the competition, after Felix Magath, Jürgen Klopp, Jan Siewert, Daniel Farke and Thomas Tuchel all previously failed to do so before him.

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 Full-time: Man Utd 1 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:54 , Michael Jones90+5 mins: There goes the full-time whistle! Manchester United have their first win under Ralf Rangnick. Fred’s second half strike is the difference between the teams and United pick up another three points. They’re now just three points off the top four. 

 Man Utd 1 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:52 , Michael Jones90+2 mins: Eze attempts to send Zaha away down the left side but Lindelof comes flying across and hacks down the Crystal Palace forward. He picks up a yellow card and Manchester United have to defend a free kick deep in their own half. Olise swings the free kick into the penalty area but doesn’t beat the first man, Ronaldo, who heads the ball clear. 

 Man Utd 1 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:50 , Michael Jones90 mins: Crystal Palace are heading towards a third consecutive Premier League defeat, Manchester United are managing the game quite well. They’re winning fouls and breaking up play not allowing Palace much time on the ball. Five added minutes to play at Old Trafford.

 Man Utd 1 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:47 , Michael Jones86 mins: Here comes Donny van de Beek as well, Bruno Fernandes is the man taken off for Manchester United. Time is running away from Crystal Palace as United look to close out this game. Olise attempts to shimmy his way around Telles on the right wing but the ball is poked out of play for a Crystal Palace throw in. 

 Man Utd 1 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:44 , Michael Jones83 mins: Maguire has stayed down after his clearance and needs a bit of treatment on the pitch. Jordan Ayew and Cheikhou Kouyate are taken off by Patrick Vieira with Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze both coming on. 

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 Man Utd 1 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:42 , Michael Jones80 mins: Can Crystal Palace respond. They were slowly getting themselves into decent areas and now need to up their own tempo. McTominay gives away a free kick that Gallagher passes to Mitchell. He floats a cross into the box where Kouyate wins the ball. He knocks it down to the tip of the six-yard box but Maguire is there to head it away for the home side. 

 GOAL! Man Utd 1 - 0 Crystal Palace (Fred, 77’)⚽️
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:38 , Michael Jones77 mins: GOAL! Huge goal from Fred! This is probably going to be a winning goal. United work it well over to the right side where Greenwood drifts into the box. He receives the ball and lays it off to the front edge of the box. Fred runs onto the loose ball and hits a right-footed strike towards the far top corner and slots it home beautifully. Great goal!

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:36 , Michael Jones74 mins: There’ll be a few nerves starting to settle on the Manchester United fans, they’ve played well enough to win the game but Crystal Palace have been defensively sound and are now expanding into the Red Devils final third. Chance! Crystal Palace have to score! They win a corner and swing it into the middle of the box where Tomkins wins the first ball. He heads it to the back post where Ayew is wide open. He sends his shot back across goal and puts it wide of the far post! How’s he missed the target from there?

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:32 , Michael Jones71 mins: Chance! Man Utd sweep the ball from left to right before Greenwood plays it up to the edge of the box for Fernandes. He turns towards goal before laying it back to Greenwood who shoots from range but pulls his effort well wide of goal. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:30 , Michael Jones68 mins: Rashford brings the ball down the right wing and dinks it inside past Guehi. The centre-back is caught on his heels as Rashford tries to get around him. There’s a bit of a scrap and Rashford goes down just outside of the box and wins a free kick. Guehi is also shown a yellow card. Alex Telles takes the free kick and drives it quickly into the box. Ronaldo is waiting in the middle but cross curls towards goal and bounces out of play off the crossbar!

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:24 , Michael Jones65 mins: Crystal Palace win a corner and swing it into the box. Ronaldo gets to the initial ball and heads it out of the box where Gallagher collects the ball. He rolls it onto his left foot and belts an effort high and wide.

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:23 , Michael Jones62 mins: Mason Greenwood is brought on by Ralf Rangnick replacing Jadon Sancho just over the hour mark. Fernandes has drifted over to the left wing with Greenwood slotting in on the right. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:20 , Michael Jones59 mins: Bruno Fernandes knocks a short corner to Rashford before receiving the ball back and laying it off to Sancho. He curls a cross to the back post but there are no United runners there and the ball skips behind for a goal kick. 

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 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:17 , Michael Jones56 mins: Ayew’s in the wars again as Fred hacks him down just outside United’s box this time. Gallagher the free kick deep into the box where Kouyate wins a free header and fires it just over the goal. He appeals to the referee that there was a touch from De Gea and is rewarded with a corner. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:14 , Michael Jones54 mins: Palace are temporarily down to 10-men as Christian Benteke gets a bit of treatment after taking a knock. Jordan Ayew looks to hold up the ball on the right wing for Palace and does well to draw a foul from Alex Telles. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:12 , Michael Jones51 mins: Close! Fernandes flicks a cross into the penalty area from the right side and looks to pick out Ronaldo. Guaita makes an early decision to claim the ball and he leaps in front of the Manchester United forward and punches it clear of Palace’s box. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:10 , Michael Jones48 mins: Man Utd work the ball slickly across the final third and pick out Fernandes on the edge of the box. He shimmies away from Gallagher and shoots but the ball is always rising and goes over the top!

 Second half: Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 15:06 , Michael JonesKick off: The visitors get the match back underway at Old Trafford. There hasn’t been any changes at the break, Palace knock the ball back to Guaita who is pressed by Rashford and forced into booting the ball up the pitch where Fred brings it under control for Man Utd. 

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 The TV interview that put Ralf Rangnick on the path to managing Manchester United
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:58 , Michael JonesIt was on the last Saturday before Christmas back in 1998 that a late-night TV interview is said to have changed the course of German football and the modern game with it.It most certainly changed the course of Ralf Rangnick’s career, propelling him on the long road that would eventually lead to Old Trafford.Conducting the interview was Michael Steinbrecher, a presenter on the late-night ZDF Sportstudio, which first aired in 1963 to coincide with the opening day of the inaugural Bundesliga season. But during his 21 years co-hosting the programme, the intention was to be more than a mere highlights show.The TV interview that put Ralf Rangnick on the path to Manchester United

 Elsewhere in the Premier League
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:53 , Michael JonesThere are two other Premier League games taking place right now with the home teams leading in both of them. A glorious strike from Lucas Moura has given Tottenham a 1-0 lead over Norwich and Tyler Roberts has scored against Brentford for Leeds. That game is also 1-0 at half-time. 

 Half-time: Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:50 , Michael Jones45+1 mins: No they can’t. Diogo Dalot does well on the right wing as he brings the ball down and weaves away from two Palace defenders. He plays a one-two with McTominay to get into the box and the belts a left-footed strike wide of the far post.It’s been a better performance from Manchester United who have threatened the goal a few times already. Palace have held firm though and they head into half-time on level terms. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:48 , Michael Jones45 mins: One added minute to play at the end of the first half. Can someone break the deadlock before the half-time break? 

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 Sunday 5 December 2021 14:47 , Michael Jones Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:44 , Michael Jones42 mins: Fernandes tracks back to chase down a run from Zaha on the inside right channel. He lunges at the Crystal Palace star and brings him down. Conor Gallagher swings the free kick into the penalty area where Benteke and Maguire tussle with each other to get to the ball and it’s the Manchester United captain who wins it in the air and heads the ball away. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:42 , Michael Jones39 mins: Jordan Ayew brings the ball inside from the right and sends a shot at De Gea who easily keeps it out. Again the home side fly forward on the left wing before Telles curls a cross into the box. Ronaldo is the target but Guehi jumps in front of him and heads it away. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:40 , Michael Jones36 mins: Crystal Palace are sacrificing space on the wings to maintain a tight line across the front of the penalty area. United have had some success with a few balls over the top but they’ve not been able to play through Palace yet. For their part when the Eagles have the ball they’ve slowed the tempo of the game and are looking to string together a few passes before finding wither Zaha or Benteke up top. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:35 , Michael Jones33 mins: Nathanial Clyne takes the ball around Rashford and sprints into midfield. He loses control of it and slides into a challenge on Fred to win it back. Clyne scrapes a foot down the back of Fred’s ankle and picks up a yellow card. Fred’s back of his feet though and he’ll play on. Chance! There seems to be so much space in the wide areas for United. Maguire floats the free kick out to Sancho on the left. He brings the ball down, darts into the box and flicks a shot onto the roof of the Crystal Palace goal. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:32 , Michael Jones30 mins: Ronaldo meets a corner ball from Telles with a header from the middle of the box. His effort is blocked but he appeals for a handball that referee Craig Pawson ha no interest in. The ball comes out to Fernandes who tries to keep the attack going with a chipped pass towards the left-hand post but he can’t pick out a teammate and the ball goes out of play. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:30 , Michael Jones27 mins: Save! United are really turning up the heat now. Ronaldo receives the ball on the right side and lays it off to Fernandes. He brings it into the box and shoots forcing another sharp save out of Guaita. Fernandes and Ronaldo are combine again as United attack from the left this time. The pass comes to Fernandes who makes a darting run into the box. He lets it roll to Ronaldo who can’t quite bring it under control in the six-yard area before Palace clear the danger. 

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 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:27 , Michael Jones24 mins: Save! Lovely play from Man Utd. Dalot gets forward on the right wing and whips an early cross into the box. Ronaldo hangs it the air to meet the ball but times his jump too early and the ball goes over his head. Jadon Sancho keeps it alive and pulls the ball back to the front edge of the box where Fred arrives and drills a left-footed strike at goal and forces Guaita into a leaping stop to his right. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:24 , Michael Jones22 mins: Telles tries to release Rashford into the box but Guaita is off his line quickly to beat the Manchester United striker to the ball. The home side have certainly come out with intent to press. They pushing up on Palace and keeping tight lines in the midfield looking to utilise balls over the top for Rashford and Ronaldo. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:21 , Michael Jones19 mins: Chance! Ronaldo makes a run in behind the Crystal Palace centre-backs as Bruno Fernandes flicks a ball over the top. The offside flag stays down as Ronaldo chests the ball down and shoots on the turn. Marc Guehi tracks back and blocks the effort out for a Man Utd corner. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:18 , Michael Jones16 mins: Zaha takes on Diogo Dalot on Palace’s left wing and weaves his way into the box. He sends a low pass into the middle but Victor Lindelof boots it behind for a corner. The set piece is whipped deep into the penalty area Jordan Ayew is free and waiting for a knockdown near the six-yard area but Alex Telles has it covered at the back post. 

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 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:16 , Michael Jones13 mins: Manchester United win a free kick on the inside left channel. Bruno Fernandes and Alex Telles stand over the deadball but there’s only one man who’s taking this. Cristiano Ronaldo jogs to the ball and hits it over the wall but can’t get enough dip to bring the ball under the crossbar and Vicente Guaita watches it go over the top. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:13 , Michael Jones11 mins: Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha combine as Palace boot a long ball down the pitch. Benteke brings it down and slots it to Zaha who sweeps inside from the right and hits a long-ranged effort straight at David De Gea. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:11 , Michael Jones9 mins: Chance! Cristiano Ronaldo receives the ball on the right edge of the penalty area and Palce drop away from him allowing him time to bring the ball inside. He moves it onto his left foot and flicks a cross towards the back post where Bruno Fernandes leaps at the ball but it just skims the top of his head and goes wide of goal. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:09 , Michael Jones6 mins: Manchester United swing the corner into the middle of the box and Palace work the ball out of the penalty area. Alex Telles brings it under control before firing a shot wide of the target.

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:05 , Michael Jones3 mins: Cheikhou Kouyate is clipped by Fred lunging into a tackle in the middle of the pitch. The Crystal Palace midfielder goes down and United kick the ball out of play. When play restarts - with Kouyate fine to play on - United flick an aerial pass over the top with Marcus Rashford making a run in behind. He brings the ball under control and wins a corner as he tries to sweep into the left side of the box. 

 Man Utd 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 14:03 , Michael JonesKick off: Manchester United get the match started after both sets of players take the knee. Victor Lindelof boots a long ball up the pitch but the ball is won by Palace’s backline and sent out of play for a throw in. 

 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Here come the teams
Sunday 5 December 2021 13:58 , Michael JonesThe players are ready and waiting in the tunnel at Old Trafford. Crystal Palace will be quietly confident that they can upset the Red Devils today. Manchester United will be hoping to get Ralf Rangnick’s tenure off to a winning start. 

 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Late goals sink Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 13:51 , Michael JonesRaphinha’s 94th minute winner for Leeds on Tusday night wasn’t the first time Crystal Palace have conceded late on this season. They have conceded in the 90th minute of league fixtures three times already costing them a total of five points which will be a frustrating concern for Patrick Vieira.  

 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Ralf Rangnick ready to stamp his style on Manchester United
Sunday 5 December 2021 13:49 , Michael JonesRalf Rangnick intends to bring success and style to Manchester United.United’s new interim manager takes charge of his first match on Sunday as Crystal Palace visit Old Trafford in the Premier League.The German has been brought in until the end of the season following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking a fortnight ago.Ralf Rangnick ready to stamp his style on Manchester United

 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Vieira on Benteke and Man Utd
Sunday 5 December 2021 13:46 , Michael JonesCrystal Palace manager, Patrick Vieira, has been speaking to BBC MOTD and says he’s been impressed with his team’s recent performances even if results haven’t gone their way and singled out Christian Benteke as one of the players in good from. He said: Last week against Leeds we did some interesting things, we have to keep this going."Christian Benteke is a really good target up front, he’s strong enough to hold up the ball. He’s scoring goals, that’s good for us. I still want him to score even more goals."I think it’s a tough place to come and perform because of the atmosphere and quality of the team.“We know there’s been a lot of talk in the last few days but we have to do the talking ourselves as a team. Do what we can do to get the result." 

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 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Rangnick looking for first victory
Sunday 5 December 2021 13:42 , Michael JonesIf Manchester United win today Ralf Rangnick will become the first German manager to win his first Premier League game in charge. United will also win consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the club.

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 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Eagles dipping in form
Sunday 5 December 2021 13:38 , Michael JonesCrystal Palace’s back-to-back Premier League defeats have come after a seven-game unbeaten run. The defeat at Leeds was their first away from home in the league in four matches.

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 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Old Trafford’s weak defences
Sunday 5 December 2021 13:34 , Michael JonesManchester United have conceded in 15 consecutive home games across all competitions in what is their worst run since 1959. Add to that the brilliant form of David De Gea and this is a major problem that Ralf Rangnick needs to fix. If Crystal Palace win today, United would have lost seven home fixtures in a calendar year for the first time in 35 years.

 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Will manager quality matter most in Premier League top-four race?
Sunday 5 December 2021 13:30 , Michael JonesThere are four Champions League-winning managers plying their trade in the Premier League. Three of them occupy the top three spots and, unsurprisingly, are now beginning to open up a significant gap between themselves and the rest. Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool, all within two points; then it’s seven down to...well, West Ham for now but any of five by Monday night, and further changes will follow over Christmas.Will manager quality matter most in Premier League top-four race? 

 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Premier League standings
Sunday 5 December 2021 13:27 , Michael JonesManchester United could finish the day as high as fifth place if they defeat Crystal Palace and Tottenham fail to win against Norwich. If both team are successful United will move ahead of Arsenal into sixth and Spurs will take fifth spot. United are currently six points behind West Ham who occupy fourth and they’ll want to close that gap as quickly as possible. Crystal Palace (11th) are eyeing up a return to the top 10 and can get there with three points today. They may not end the day that high though as Brentford could overtake them with three points against Leeds and Aston Villa can move above them with a godd result versus Leicester in the late kick off. 

 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Benteke on Palace
Sunday 5 December 2021 13:21 , Michael JonesCrystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has been speaking about life under Patrick Vieira, who took over as head coach during the summer, and says that this current Palace team is ‘one of the best I’ve played with’. Benteke told Premier League Produtcions: With this team now I’ve been here for five years and it’s one of the best teams I’ve played with,“I’ve been through good times, bad times. Now we have new staff, new players, new energy in the team. I think it’s good.“It’s healthy competition. The manager has been a top player so he knows what he needs for every game. I think you don’t have to take it personally but at the same time obviously when you don’t play you get frustrated. Sometimes a player might be more important for that game than another player, but that doesn’t mean it’s something personal.”

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 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Head-to-head
Sunday 5 December 2021 13:16 , Michael JonesManchester United have lost their last two home games against Crystal Palace which is as many as in the previous 22 meetings at Old Trafford.They could fail to beat the Eagles for a third consecutive match for the first time since a run of four between 1925-1970.

 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Rangnick’s tenure begins
Sunday 5 December 2021 13:12 , Michael JonesThere is a feeling of excitement bubbling around Old Trafford as fans get ready to witness Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge of Manchester United. Rangnick is a well-thought of coach who will bring both structure and discipline to the team that was sorely missing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign. But, he has only been an orthodox manager for two seasons since the 2011 Champions League semi-final, when his Schalke side were dismantled by Sir Alex Ferguson’s United.Rangnick wrote in today’s programme notes:“Managing Manchester United, even in an interim capacity, is a massive challenge but, to me, this feels like I am in the right place at the right time.”

 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Team changes
Sunday 5 December 2021 13:06 , Michael JonesRalf Rangnick’s first Manchester United team is unchanges from the starting XI that beat Arsenal on Thursday night. Cristiano Ronaldo leads the line with Bruno Fernandes in behind. Diogo Dalot keeps his place at right-back with Aaron Wan-Bissaka settling for a place on the bench. There are two changes for Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces Odsonne Eduoard up front with Nathaniel Clyne slotting into the defence in place of the suspended Joel Ward.

 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: ‘You cannot turn down Manchester United’: Ralf Rangnick unveiled as manager to begin club’s new era
Sunday 5 December 2021 12:55 , Michael JonesManchester United stepped into a new era on Friday morning as the German innovator Ralf Rangnick was unveiled as new interim manager in the club’s boldest move since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure eight years ago.Less than 12 hours after caretaker Michael Carrick walked away from the club – marking the last of Ferguson’s 2008 Champions League winners to leave Old Trafford, having played and then coached at United ever since – the 63-year-old Rangnick gave a measured press conference in which he hailed Cristiano Ronaldo, warned of the “big” gap to the Premier League’s three, and hinted he could stay on permanently.‘You cannot turn down Manchester United’: Ralf Rangnick unveiled as interim manager 

 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Rangnick takes charge
Sunday 5 December 2021 12:49 , Michael JonesManchester United’s new era begins today as Ralf Rangnick takes charge of his first game as interim manager. The 63-year-old German will coach the Red Devils until the end of the season and will remain in a consultancy role afterwards. Speaking of his decision to join Manchester United Rangnick said: I want to develop the team, train the brains and at the same time, encourage the players to do the right things. "It’s important to win games in the first instance, and then step by step, develop the team in the right direction." 

 Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Recent results
Sunday 5 December 2021 12:44 , Michael JonesManchester United enjoyed a good but short run under caretaker boss Michael Carrick which saw them win two and draw one of his three games in charge. Carrick steered the Red Devils to a Champions League last-16 place with a 2-0 victory over Villarreal before earning a 1-1 draw away at Chelsea and coming from behind to defeat Arsenal 3-2 last time out. That win over the Gunners was Carrick’s last involvement with the club and he left immediately after the game. Today Man Utd play their first match under interim manager Ralf Rangnick as they take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.Crystal Palace meanwhile have taken a dip in form. After seven Premier League games without defeat – including a 2-0 win over Manchester City – the Eagles have lost their last two games, against Aston Villa and Leeds respectively. Last time out Raphinha converted a 94th minute penalty to earn Leeds all three points against Palace who seemed to have dug in for a draw. If they beat Manchester United today Patrick Vieira’s men can move back into the top 10 and start to think about pushing for a European place next season.

 Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: Team news
Sunday 5 December 2021 11:22 , Jack RathbornAaron Wan-Bissaka is a doubt after sustaining a hand injury against Chelsea, while Nemanja Matic has a hamstring tweak which could keep him out.Luke Shaw is expected to miss out with a head injury, while Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani all remain out.Palace defender Joachim Andersen could return after a thigh injury, but James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson are injured and Joel Ward is suspended.

 Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: Predicted line-ups
Sunday 5 December 2021 11:22 , Jack RathbornManchester United: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles, McTominay, Fred, Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford, Ronaldo.Crystal Palace: Guaita, Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Milivojevic, Gallagher, Schlupp, Zaha, Ayew, Edouard.

 Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: Odds
Sunday 5 December 2021 11:21 , Jack RathbornManchester United 5/8Draw 10/3Crystal Palace 11/2

 Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: Prediction
Sunday 5 December 2021 11:21 , Jack RathbornManchester United will be bouncing after that comeback win over Arsenal, as well as the arrival of new manager Ralf Rangnick. Palace are have been excellent this season but this may be a step too far. Manchester United 2-1 Crystal Palace. 

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