Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace

It was the beginning of the Ralf Rangnick era and it ended in a 1-0 win over a resolute Crystal Palace side. Ralf Rangnick emphasized he wanted to see control and intensity from his side and that’s exactly what he got in the long spells of this game. A wonderful strike from the unlikely Fred sealed the win for Manchester United as they looked to regain their charge on the top four.

Goalkeeper:

David de Gea – 6/10

Very quiet game from the Spaniard, no fault of his own just from the lack of threat Palace possed as an attacking threat. He showed the signs that he was encouraged to build out from the back.

Defenders:

Diogo Dalot – 6.5/10

Dalot has really staked his claim for the starting position in this team in recent games and this game was no different. Providing an attacking threat on the right-hand side and was defensively solid against Crystal Place’s main man Wilfred Zaha.

Victor Lindelöf – 6.5/10

The lack of threat from Palace specifically from Benteke meant that Lindelöf wasn’t really tested defensively where he did impress was with his distribution on the ball – trying to break the lines multiple times and most composed in possession out of the back four.

Harry Maguire – 6/10

He’s looking much better as he regains the confidence he once used to show. As usual, he was dominant in the air, and even though he was less purposeful with his passing he was definitely more composed. It’s another important step forward as he looks to provide the consistency needed that has been questioned of him.

Alex Telles– 7/10

Similar to Dalot, Telles has provided a performance that the new manager would be impressed by – he was a constant threat going forward with his overlapping runs, his set-piece delivery was quality clipping the bar from a free kick. With luke Shaw’s return still unclear it gives Telles the chance to finally get a run in the team and it’s evident he’s grabbing that opportunity with both hands.

Midfielders:

Fred – 8/10

He was United’s best player today. Continuing the pressing intensity he has shown in recent games and looking like a player who bought into the Rangnick methods instantly and to cap off a great performance he scores a lovely looped effort at the Stretford End and he’s beginning to be a favorite around the fan base with his enthusiastic attitude on and off the pitch clear for all to see.

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Scott McTominay – 4.5/10

The Scottish international seemed the very opposite to his midfield partner; looked laboured in possession, clueless out of it, and for someone who is physically well-built he seemed to lose every duel he contested. McTominay is going to have to vastly improve if he is to have an important role or even a role at all at United in the next few months.

Bruno Fernandes – 5/10

Usually, a performance like this would be covered up with the inevitable goal or quick touch assist but not today. Fernandes looked lethargic in and out of possession; sluggishly giving away the ball in sustained attacks and had a quiet game for his high standards.

Forwards:

Marcus Rashford – 5/10

In the first half, he lead the press from the front and emphasized the quick, high-intensity start United wanted to show and was a direct threat in behind but after the first 20 mins he seemed to fade away from the overall game and still seems he’s recovering from his fitness after he’s a lengthy layoff.

Jadon Sancho – 6/10

Was one of United’s main threats on the ball and it was evident he was a major part of the attacking endeavour United had. Sancho is starting to show why United spent £74 million on him with the winger providing the final third composure United have longed for and the work rate to match.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 6.5/10

There were questions about how he would look in a Rangnick system off the ball but all that was quickly brushed aside as he showed even at the senior age of 37 he can still play at the high intensity required. Overall he was fine could’ve been more incisive with his play around the box but his link-up was much better than in recent weeks.

Substitutes

Mason Greenwood – 6/10

Coming back after a long layoff with Covid, he looked the typical Mason Greenwood we all know he was threatening anytime he had the ball around the box and he laid it off the assist for Fred.

Anthony Elanga – 6/10

He was a surprise inclusion in the matchday squad after not featuring in any of the previous Premier League games but when he did get his chance he was good; working hard out of possession and driving with the ball when he received it. Seems promising times are ahead for the young Swede.

Donny van de Beek – N/A

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