Ralf Rangnick was appointed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interim successor last week and the German won his first game in charge 1-0 against Crystal Palace on Sunday. However, United could only draw 1-1 with BSC Young Boys on Wednesday night.
But United secured another three points and yet another clean sheet in the league with their win over Norwich, despite an unconvincing display.
The Reds looked poor in the final third and devoid of quality throughout most of the game, but Cristiano Ronaldo was brought down in the second half for a penalty — and the forward duly obliged when smashing home into the left corner past Tim Krul.
Rangnick confirmed that ‘everything seems ok’ with Victor Lindelof after he left the pitch in some discomfort.
Ralf Rangnick must avoid falling into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trap at Manchester United
Ralf Rangnick remains unbeaten as Manchester United’s interim manager, with two Premier League victories and a draw in the Champions League against Young Boys rounding off a decent start to life in the Old Trafford dugout.
United haven’t exactly been blowing teams away since Rangnick was appointed, though their record of one goal conceded in three games is a marked improvement when compared to the side’s results at the back end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign.
While some fans have been quick to note the so-called ‘easier’ fixtures Rangnick has been tasked with navigating since being appointed, the hectic Christmas schedule must be approached with caution.
‘Rotation’ will be the buzzword for the next few months and with a talented squad available to him, it should leave the German with plenty of options as the games come thick and fast.
Juventus chief Pavel Nedved admits it was always going to be difficult to replace Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals.
The 36-year-old completed a sensational return move to Manchester United during the summer transfer window and has already struck 13 times in all competitions this season.
Ronaldo settled the scores from the penalty spot against rock-bottom Norwich on Saturday afternoon.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner spent three years in Turin before touching back down at Old Trafford. During that time, the Portugal captain scored 101 goals in 134 games.
Cristiano Ronaldo issues defiant message after Norwich win
Match-winner Cristiano Ronaldo has said that Manchester United have taken another step in the “right direction” following their 1-0 triumph over Norwich City at Carrow Road.
The Portugal international scored the only goal of the game, converting a 75th-minute penalty, to seal a third successive Premier League victory, as well as a second in as many league games under new interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
Ronaldo was hauled down inside the penalty area by Canaries right-back Max Aarons and smashed the ball home from 12 yards, sending goalkeeper Tim Krul the wrong way.
United had to dig deep for the victory, with Norwich having no shortage of chances to take at least a point from the contest.
OPINION: David de Gea has listened to Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United demands
Ralf Rangnick used the word “proactive” to describe Dean Henderson’s performance against Young Boys on Wednesday and you imagine that’s a trait that the German wants in his goalkeepers, so it was interesting to see David de Gea play with a little more aggression against Norwich.
The Spaniard made his customary excellent saves again, keeping United level when they were under the cosh early in the second half and then denying Ozan Kabak just after Ronaldo’s goal, a save that had to look spectacular to allow him to get the power on the ball to keep it away from Teemu Pukki.
But De Gea was also commanding when coming to claim a couple of crosses and came off his line well to collect a through ball on the edge of his area in the first half.
Gary Neville responds to Mino Raiola over Erling Haaland transfer and Manchester United comments
Gary Neville has responded to Mino Raiola after he snubbed Manchester United while discussing his transfer plan for Borussia Dortmund goal machine Erling Haaland.
The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the hottest properties in Europe since signing for the Bundesliga outfit in January 2020 — a hotly-anticipated pursuit which also involved the Old Trafford giants.
United are understood to have the Norway striker on their radar moving forward with Haaland likely to move on again in 2022.
Having scored a staggering 74 goals in 73 games for Dortmund, across all competitions, Haaland is thought to have a release clause worth around £64million in his existing contract that comes into play in June.
OPINION: Formation tweak could unlock Jadon Sancho under Ralf Rangnick
As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drove out of Manchester United’s Carrington training base for the final time, thoughts about which players could benefit from his exit began to flood supporters’ heads.
Immediately, names such as Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho came to mind. All three of them had struggled for opportunities since the start of the season and the supporters were desperate to see more of them — especially big-money summer signing Sancho.
He had, at long last, completed a move to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund, several years after United had initially shown interest in the former Man City academy star.
He was expected to be an instant hit in the red of United and replicate the form that he had shown in Germany.
Neville pinpoints problem Ralf Rangnick hasn’t fixed
Gary Neville believes Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick will be satisfied by what his side has achieved in the first three games.
United secured a second Premier League win in as many games under the German, with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday evening.
A 75th minute penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo was enough to seal all three points for United, who were forced to dig deep to maintain their unbeaten start under Rangnick.
Norwich piled on plenty of pressure in the closing stages with David de Gea again impressive in the United goal to keep out the Canaries.
OPINION: Rashford is making Rangnick’s next decision easy
Marcus Rashford’s highlight heel against Norwich might go viral on social media for all the wrong reasons.
Ralf Rangnick named an unchanged Manchester United side on Saturday evening from the team that beat Crystal Palace in his first game in charge last weekend and that meant Rashford was tasked with leading the Reds’ press alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mason Greenwood had impressed in midweek, although Rashford was perhaps fortunate to keep his place in the starting line-up.
Rashford was arguably one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘favourites’ yet that standing at the club was immediately made redundant when Solskjaer was sacked and replaced with interim boss Rangnick.
Managerial change brings uncertainty for some players while it brings opportunity for others. That environment is conducive to raising performance levels, with each player fighting for their future.
Maguire names ‘top team’ trait Manchester United must adopt
Harry Maguire has named the ‘top team’ trait that Manchester United must adopt in order to succeed under Ralf Rangnick.
Rangnick led United to Carrow Road on Saturday evening and he named an unchanged XI from the one which beat Crystal Palace.
United looked renewed against Palace last weekend with Rangnick on the touchline for the first time, however, they failed to approach the match versus Norwich with the same intensity and purpose, which meant the game was a tight encounter.
The Reds were wasteful in possession and looked devoid of quality, but they did eventually secure the three points.