Manchester United's Ralf Rangnick era has begun with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
United sought to build on their victory over Arsenal and dominated the first half. After the break, the atmosphere became more nervous, but a long-range strike from Fred secured the three points and instilled optimism among the club's supporters.
We've compiled a list of nine impressive stats from Sunday's Old Trafford match.
- Manchester United kept their first clean at home, in any competition, since their 2-0 win over Granada in last season’s Europa League quarter-final – which was 234 days ago.
- United made 77 passes into the final third against Crystal Palace, the most they have managed in a Premier League game this season.
- Manchester United won possession in the final third 12 times – the most times they’ve done so in a Premier League match since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
- Rangnick’s men also recorded season-high totals for touches in the opposition box and passes into the opponent’s penalty area.
- The new boss has already made an impact on midfielder Fred. Aside from scoring the winning goal, Fred won seven of his nine tackles and completed five of his six long passes.
- And the Brazil international scored his highest ever rating (8.51) for a Premier League match on WhoScored.
- After 30 minutes of the game, United had registered more shots (10) than they did in the entirety of their 4-1 defeat against Watford in November.
- Only two outfield players (Fred and Victor Lindelof) did not create a chance during the home side’s dominant first-half performance.
- Rangnick becomes the fourth United manager to win his first Premier League game in charge of the club alongside David Moyes, Jose Mourinho, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
We can surely expect more from the Red Devils!