Ralf Rangnick’s tenure at Manchester United started off with a hard-fought 1-0 win over a resilient Crystal Palace on Sunday evening.
The German took to the dugout for the first time at Old Trafford since replacing Michael Carrick, and was relieved when Fred scored the lone goal of the match with less than 15 minutes to go.
Patrick Vieira’s side gave United a run for their money, and for long periods it seemed as if they would leave Old Trafford with at least a point.
United started the match on the front foot, pressing high as they forced Palace into mistakes early on.
No clear chance was however created in the opening stages, with United coming close in the 24th minute when Fred beautifully controlled a pass and from the edge of the box and drilled a shot in on goal, but it was inadvertently blocked by a defender and cleared.
Bruno Fernandes then wasted another opportunity just before the half-hour mark when he made a yard for himself and produced a mid-range rocket of a shot towards the bottom left corner but the goalkeeper pulled off a fantastic save to stop the effort.
Palace grew into the game in the second period and went toe to toe with United, creating a number of their own chances as well.
Alex Telles came close for United in the 69th minute from a freekick, but his stinging shot crashed against the crossbar.
Jordan Ayew missed a sitter in the 75th minute when he found himself free inside the box from a corner ball, but his effort went narrowly wide of the left post.
They were meant to pay for their missed chance as United went and scored on the other end two minutes later.
Mason Greenwood, who was a second-half introduction found Fred on the edge of the box, with the keeper off his line, the Brazilian coolly put the ball into the top left corner.