Ralf Rangnick’s ‘gegenpress’ tactic worked against Crystal Palace



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Ralf Rangnick’s ‘gegenpress’ tactic worked against Crystal Palace

A promising start. Manchester United did not shine, but they looked far more disciplined and organized than before. The players of the club from Old Trafford made fewer mistakes, they played more directly, faster, moved better without the ball ...

They also pressed more than it was under the baton of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and the general impression is that Ralph Rangnick decided to take a more cautious approach. To keep the ball, the opponent makes mistakes, to help the players in defense.

All that led to higher fatigue, so the attack (especially in the second half) suffered. However, luck smiled on the Devils, Fred's right hand-worked, which in the end was enough to win - 1: 0. Rangnick's signature could be noticed even before the match.

Aaron Wan Bissaka remained on the bench, Diogo Dalot was in the starting 11 again, while one new name was seen among the reserves - Anthony Elanga. The young Swedish international also got a chance in the second half, and it is interesting that he stepped on the field just before the winning goal (although he did not take part in the action that preceded Fred's goal).

Fluid game

The rest of the team was as expected. There may have been a dilemma whether Cristiano Ronaldo will start the match, but the Portuguese found himself in the starting 11. United started patiently, slowly built the game, and gained control of the game.

Rangnick's signature could be noticed even before the match There was no rush, but Manchester United game seemed more fluid. The home players did not rush in the desire to get to the position to score as soon as possible.

They had several good situations, but they failed to score. The numbers also indicate a significant improvement, considering that the first half under Ralph Rangnick is statistically the best in the current season. The Devils had 108 passes that ended in the last third of the field, 48 in 30 meters from the opponent's goal, 26 touches with the ball in the penalty area of ​​the Palace, and the same number of passes to the penalty area of ​​the London team.

The result of more aggressive and smarter pressing was reflected in the six seized possessions on the opponent's half. All that was missing was a goal, but Fred solved the match, so let's make a conclusion that Rangnick's era started perfectly. Rangnick thus became the first German coach to celebrate his debut in the Premier League.