Ralf Rangnick reveals what he asked his assistant after Fred’s superb strike vs Crystal Palace

Ralf Rangnick reveals what he asked his assistant after Fred's superb strike vs Crystal Palace

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick says he had to ask his assistant manager [McKenna] if Fred’s goal against Crystal Palace with his right foot as he didn’t know the Brazilian could take a shot with his weaker foot.

Man United secured a tight 1-0 win over Palace at Old Trafford to get Rangnick off to a winning start of the era.

The former RB Leipzig boss becomes the first of the six German managers in the Premier League to win his first game in the competition, after Felix Magath, Jürgen Klopp, Jan Siewert, Daniel Farke and Thomas Tuchel all failed to do so before him, that’s according to Opta.

Fred’s goal was enough to hand Manchester United the three points and Rangnick was happy with the Brazilian.

“I had to ask my assistant coach if that was Fred’s right foot,” Rangnick told BBC. “I thought he could only shoot with his left! I’m happy for him.”

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Rangnick was also impressed with his side’s performance against Crystal Palace and claimed United could have won the game with a big margin, which was obviously true.

“The way we defended, we had control of the whole game, the clean sheet was the most important part,” Rangnick added.

“These are the things we must improve. We need to keep clean sheets. With just the one training session, I was really impressed. We did better than expected.

“I am very happy with the way the team performed, especially the first half hour, with the pressing, it was exceptional. The only thing missing was the 1-0 or 2-0.”

“We always tried to be on the front foot. We were never not apart from maybe the last five minutes. At all other times we were trying to keep them away from our goal.”

Manchester United have now won their last two Premier League matches after victories over Arsenal and Crystal Palace.

United occupy the 6th position with 24 points but that could change on Monday night when Everton host Arsenal at Goodison Park.