KEY POINTS

  • Ralf Rangnick had a successful Manchester United debut
  • Bruno Fernandes explains what Rangnick wants to see in terms of pressing
  • The 63-year-old was surprised with how the Red Devils played in his debut

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is still assessing his new squad.

For the first time since September, Manchester United was able to pull off successful back-to-back wins by beating Crystal Palace 1-0 in Rangnick’s debut as a the club’s coach.

The Red Devils dominated Crystal Palace in possessions the entire game but have only managed to hit the back of the net at the 77th minute courtesy of Fred.

Speaking to the English Premier League productions after the match, Bruno Fernandes was quizzed to reveal what Rangnick wants to see in the squad’s pressing in particular.

According to Fernandes, Rangnick has no specific demands as of the moment as it all “depends on the game.”

However, he also noted that the German tactician has emphasized the need to master the timing in pressing.

"It depends on the game," Fernandes pointed out. "Sometimes you have to press a little bit more, sometimes you have to press less and everyone knows that it’s one of the things that the manager [Rangnick] wants from us. More pressure, to be more aggressive. We tried to do it [today].”

"I think the first 25 minutes from us was unbelievable, great tempo and we don’t give any space to them,” the Portuguese continued. “We recovered a lot of balls high up the pitch. We could have scored many times in the first half I think, at least three times we could do a little more. But we got the three points and that’s the most important thing."

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring at Manchester City
Bruno Fernandes moved from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United in January 2020. POOL / Laurence Griffiths

With no ample time to prep up properly, Rangnick admitted that he was “surprised” with how his new set of players played.

The 63-year-old raved about how in such a short period of training and huddling, Manchester United was able to convert on the pitch.

"I must admit I was surprised," Rangnick admitted. "I was a bit surprised, because not only did we play Thursday, a late kick-off, we had two days less to recover compared to Crystal Palace.

"And we had not even a full training session yesterday because it was 45 minutes, it was pouring. It was not just Manchester weather, it was disgusting, it was heavy, raining, windy, so it was almost impossible to train in a concentrated and focused manner. But they still did it,” the coach added.

"I didn't expect them to play at that level after such a short time."

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