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Ralf Rangnick equals 120 year-old record as Manchester United beat Norwich City

by Red Billy

After a period in which Manchester United could not keep their opponents from scoring for love nor money, new manager Ralf Rangnick has opened his Premier League account with two clean sheets.

United’s rather fortuitous 1-0 win against bottom club Norwich City at Carrow Road this evening meant that the German is only the second manager in the club’s history to achieve the feat ‘since Ernest Mangnall in 1903’, Opta Joe notes.

Although at times today it was hard to distinguish this United side from one managed by previous manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there was perhaps just enough extra cohesiveness to get away with what was, by all accounts, a lacklustre display.

Squawka notes that ‘Manchester United have now kept as many clean sheets under Ralf Rangnick as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Premier League this season (2).

‘The German has David De Gea to thank this evening.’

It is certainly true that De Gea pulled out three world class saves that kept the goals against column blank. But it was a plucky and offensive display from Dean Smith’s men that for the most part was handled reasonably well by United’s defence.

United have now won three Premier League games in a row and despite the disappointing performance, a win is a win and confidence must be building.

Winning when not playing well is a knack that is hard to master and it was also the hallmark of the great Sir Alex Ferguson’s sides.

The Reds travel to another cauldron of fire on Tuesday evening as they visit Brentford at the Community Stadium.

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