Gary Neville explains how he would define success for Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United

Gary Neville told Sky Sports he was left feeling encouraged by Ralf Rangnick’s first game as Manchester United interim manager.

Rangnick’s United beat Crystal Palace 1-0 thanks to a Fred goal, and Neville explained he was pleased with the improvement.

The former United defender said: “What Ralf Rangnick would have wanted was order. Order in the performance. I think we got that.”

United ended the Premier League weekend in sixth place, just three points back from fourth spot. It’s not a terrible situation considering the woeful form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – although it is a massive disappointment in relation to the title challenge supporters hoped to see.

United are 11 points behind league leaders Manchester City, and when we played them at the start of last month the gulf between the sides looked even higher.

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Neville’s view of United success

Neville has offered his opinion on what could now constitute a successful season from United under new boss Ralf Rangnick.

He explained: “I think if you are being sensible then top four is the target. What has happened already this season means they cannot win the league. I don’t think they are good enough anyway. But I think they can certainly have a good season and finish in the top four.

“It would be incredible if they could win one of the cups. That would be a fantastic season for Ralf Rangnick. That would be great success.”

Can United meet Neville’s expectations?

United’s best view of cup success is the FA Cup. The team have been drawn against Aston Villa in the third round to be held at Old Trafford in early January. United were eliminated from the Carabao Cup by West ham in September.

The Champions League is the holy grail, and success there would supercede Premier League disappointment. United have finished top of the group, but that does not necessarily guarantee an easy last 16 draw. The tournament is a very difficult one to win, shown by Sir Alex Ferguson only being able to do so twice, and it is a big ask for Ralf Rangnick to transform this team into winners.

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A top four place is very much in reach, and that has to be the minimum requirement. United have come through a tricky stretch of games, gaining seven points from three matches away at Chelsea and at home to Arsenal and Crystal Palace. Last season United managed just one point from the corresponding fixtures.

The upturn in form will provide a little belief, along with the clean sheet, and the team now have a chance to put a run of form together and climb up the Premier League table.

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