Norwich 0-1 Manchester Utd: 5 talking points as Ralf Rangnick revolution rolls on Utd

    Manchester United engaged in a hard-fought contest against Dean Smith's Norwich City side in what was Ralf Rangnick's first away game as Red Devils interim boss.

Manchester United secured a precious three points away at Norwich City after Cristiano Ronaldo's late penalty.

United were hardly at their vintage best against Dean Smith's side, who were valiant in defence for much of the tie.

The second half actually marked a slight shift in momentum, with Norwich giving United's defence something to think about it with a spell of pressure accumulating in a flurry of corners.

However, after Ronaldo was deemed to have been fouled in the box by Max Aarons with 75 minutes played, the 36-year-old made no mistake from 12 yards.

Here are five talking points as a Ronaldo-inspired United leapfrogged Arsenal into fifth with a win at Carrow Road.

Ronaldo has spent a large portion of his second spell at United operating as a lone striker as part of a front three, most commonly aided by Sancho and Greenwood on either flank.

However, with a new manager comes new philosophies and Rangnick opted to deploy a pairing of Ronaldo and Rashford up front.
United’s first clear cut chance fell to the feet of Ronaldo, who saw his effort parried by Canaries ‘keeper Tim Krul.

Manchester United were frustrated for much of the first half

Manchester United were frustrated for much of the first half

Feeding off scraps for much of the contest, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s frustration boiled over as he vented his annoyance with referee Darren England as the players trudged off at half-time.

Though the Portugal international converted emphatically from the penalty spot, his threat was quelled throughout.

Fresh off of the momentum last week’s league victory over Crystal Palace provided, many had tipped Rangnick’s men to come out of the blocks in impressive fashion against Norwich.

What followed was very much the opposite, a lethargic first half littered with stray passes and unsuccessful take-on attempts.

Rashford was spotted meandering back to the half-way line after having his pocket picked, a habit Rangnick will look to stamp out quickly given his emphasis on gegenpressing and defending from the front.

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