Ralf Rangnick enjoyed a win on his first game in charge of Manchester United. A surprise goal from Fred ensured United won a game the team largely dominated.

Over in Rangnick’s native Germany, there is considerable interest in how the former RB Leipzig, Schalke, and Hoffenheim coach is getting on.

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How the press in Germany reacted to Rangnick’s winning start

Kicker reported: “The intensity of the Red Devils was higher than during the last appearances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in which the team was at times uninspired, without ideas and looked bloodless.”

The outlet added that the 1-0 win was an ‘arduous but deserved victory for Man United’.


Welt reported on United’s early second half dip, in which the team struggled to replicate the intensity of the first 45 minutes.

“A lot of work awaits the 63-year-old in the coming weeks. This was particularly evident in the second half, when Manchester fell back into the rut that had cost Rangnick’s predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the job.

“Only in the first half had United shown the football Rangnick wants to see. His strikers acted as the first defenders and prevented the opponent from building up the game early on. Again and again, the defenders of Crystal Palace played bad passes or hit the ball haphazardly because Manchester attacked so early.”

Stern reported: “The Brazilian Fred crowned a largely convincing performance by the hosts in the 77th minute with the first goal of Rangnick’s tenure.”

Express.de wrote: “Rangnick still has a lot of work to do: For long stretches, United struggled against their Premier League rivals, and game highlights were in short supply.”

Web.de wrote: “Right from the start, the home side at Old Trafford had more of the game and already showed signs of Rangnick’s game philosophy. United put Palace under pressure early on, and at times did well with an accurate passing game.”

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Rangnick’s process ongoing

The common theme among the assessment of Rangnick’s first game in charge was that it was a positive performance, while clearly not perfect.

For a first game, it was far better than expected. Rangnick himself admitted to being pleasantly surprised by the way the team were able to immediately implement his instructions.

As the weeks go by, Rangnick’s imprint on the team will grow, and with his own coaches coming into the club too, United will grow stronger. It was never going to be an overnight change, and the process will remain ongoing until the end of the season.

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