Manchester United won the ball twelve times in the final third of the pitch against Crystal Palace yesterday afternoon. That is the most of any game since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
Interim head coach Ralf Rangnick appears to have had an instant impact at Old Trafford, and supporters on Twitter are getting excited about what may be possible under the German’s management:
That’s insane lol. Since Fergie? Ffs
— Random Man (@UtdRandom) December 5, 2021
— ashutosh kulkarni (@Ashu_562) December 5, 2021
Signs of better to come
— Still Ndoch (@DanielN24810255) December 5, 2021
— 𝗙𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝗙𝗮𝗻 (@unitedpilgrim) December 5, 2021
Wow that’s a huge improvement, what a turn around 💯
— Dima Donald (@DimaDonald1) December 5, 2021
Wow, that’s scathing when thinking of the former managers.
— The King’s Crown🔰 (@KingCantona77) December 5, 2021
Wow that’s sad and nice at the same time
— kalyan (@kalyan60863891) December 5, 2021
— ST (@STx99O) December 5, 2021
— ً (@ClassyReds) December 5, 2021
After one training session aswell
— Hassan (@Rashford7i) December 5, 2021
Rangnick revealed after the match that he has had just one 45-minute training session with the first team since his arrival at the club. Even so, he was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the players adapted to a new style of play, despite having spent barely any time with him.
The former Schalke and RB Leipzig head coach deployed a new 4-2-2-2 system in order to get the team pressing high, and the statistics show that it did the trick. Of course, a lot more work will need to be done on the training pitch before the next league match against Norwich on Saturday.