Post-Palace stat proves Rangnick influence already paying dividends for Man United

The remarkable post-Palace stat that proves Rangnick’s influence is already paying dividends for Man United


A head-turning statistic has come to the fore online this evening, aptly highlighting the immediate influence of new Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick.

Fred’s strike decisive

The Red Devils were back in action earlier on Sunday, welcoming Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace to Old Trafford for a Premier League showdown.

The buzz ahead of kick-off in Manchester of course surrounded the aforementioned Rangnick, who, on the back of Michael Carrick’s impressive interim stint coming to a close, was overseeing his first outing as United boss.

And, when all was said and done, the Rangnick era got off to the perfect start.

A solitary goal ultimately proved enough to guide the hosts to all three points on the day, as Fred, influential throughout proceedings, bent home a sumptuous right-footed effort from 20 yards:

Rangnick ball

Whilst the result, in the end, may not have proven all that convincing from a Manchester United perspective on Sunday, many were nevertheless quick to point to the level of performance as cause for optimism.

The Red Devils, for the first time in some time, looked in full control throughout the vast majority of the 90 minutes, as the likes of goalscorer Fred, Alex Telles and Diogo Dalot all impressed.

Such positive signs will, of course, rightly be attributed to the influence of the new man on the touchline at Old Trafford.

And, as alluded to above, on the back of the action coming to a close in Manchester on Sunday, an altogether head-turning statistic has surfaced, highlighting perfectly just what an immediate impact Rangnick has truly had on his new side’s tactical setup.

As per statisticians Opta, Manchester United won the ball from Crystal Palace in the final third on no fewer than 12 occasions today. This marks at least five times more than they had managed in any other Premier League fixture to this point in the campaign.

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This article was edited by
Josh Barker.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 15 23 35
2 Liverpool FC 15 32 34
3 Chelsea FC 15 26 33
4 West Ham United 15 9 27
5 Arsenal FC 14 -3 23
6 Tottenham Hotspur 13 -4 22
7 Manchester United 14 0 21
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 -1 21
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
10 Leicester City 14 -3 19
11 Crystal Palace 14 -1 16
12 Brentford FC 14 -2 16
13 Aston Villa 14 -4 16
14 Southampton FC 15 -7 16
15 Everton FC 14 -7 15
16 Leeds United 14 -7 15
17 Watford FC 15 -9 13
18 Burnley FC 14 -7 10
19 Newcastle United 15 -13 10
20 Norwich City 14 -20 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4

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