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Man Utd edge past Crystal Palace to give Rangnick winning start

Fred one the score sheet

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A superb goal by Fred gave Ralf Rangnick a winning start as Manchester United’s intern manager as they beat Crystal Palace 1-0.

United enjoyed the majority of the first-half possession and their first sight at goal came after five minutes when Alex Telles fired wide from the edge of the area.

Cristiano Ronaldo was then denied by a last-ditch Marc Guehi block and had a free-kick saved by Vicente Guiata before the break.

Palace were a threat on the counter-attack, however, and Jordan Ayew came close to an opener when he struck wide on 74 minutes.

But three minutes later Man Utd had an unlikely hero in Fred, who curled into the top-left corner from the edge of the area to lift Man Utd to sixth, three points adrift of fourth-placed West Ham.

A third consecutive defeat drops Palace to 12th with 16 points.

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