Manchester United will host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday in the Premier League in what is anticipated to be Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge of the Reds.
Man United this week announced the German boss as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s temporary replacement.
Before his arrival, Michael Carrick was the caretaker manager of the first team and did absolutely fantastic – beating Villarreal 2-0, drawing Chelsea 1-1 at Stamford Bridge before emerging as the winner in a five-goal thriller game that ended 3-2 vs Arsenal.
Manchester United will look to extend their unbeaten run to four games when they host Palace but this time, they would dare to do so under a manager with a totally different football philosophy.
Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Michael Carrick, Manchester United were more of a counter-attacking side but fans could see a change of playing pattern under Rangnick, starting from Sunday’s game against Palace.
The former RB Leipzig boss has been hailed by many German managers, including Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp, as the father of gegenpressing.
Should he maintain his philosophy at Old Trafford, Man United will press high when they are not in possession of the ball in order to win the ball back as soon as they lose it.
Manchester United currently have some of the players who are fond of doing that and they are likely to start against the Eagles.
The likes of Fred, a proper workhorse, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, and Marcus Rashford. These stars are expected to start on Sunday.
Predicted Manchester United starting lineup vs Crystal Palace
GK: David de Gea
DF: Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles
MF: Fred, McTominay, Fernandes
FW: Sancho, Ronaldo, Rashford
Crystal Palace has lost their last two Premier League matches whereas United had played 1-1 draw at Chelsea and 3-2 win over Arsenal at home.
Michael Owen has already backed United to win on Sunday but expects it to be a tight victory for new boss Ralf Rangnick.