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Rio Ferdinand praised interim coach Ralf Rangnick for orchestrating a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, but vow not to ‘get swept away’ again.
The German was in charge of just one training session before naming his first United team.
And according to the legendary Ferdinand, Rangnick’s influence was evident after the victory.
But the former captain wants not to be weighed down by Rangnick as much as when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over in the short term.
Ferdinand has called on Solskjaer to be given the full-time job following United’s Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain in 2019.
United dominated much of the game against Palace as they formed a 4-2-2-2 formation, and a dominant performance was capped by a superb Fred strike.
On Rangnick’s influence, Ferdinand told BT Sport: “I think it’s a continuation of what we saw before Palace.
“We’re not going far, it’s a game and maybe a training session. But there are notable differences and changes to the team, the structure of the team, the way they pressurize as a team – that’s the point.
“Fred with the right-footed winner, he’s the last man you’d expect to score; Ronaldo tries to head the opponent’s net.
“I think Rangnick has come in and you can see the difference in intensity, working from a structure, working from a base.
“He kept saying he wanted to have a good balance of attack with the ball and no.”
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