Man Utd fans accuse Ralf Rangnick of "negative" lineup in first game vs Palace

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The widely-anticipated first line-up of Manchester United under Ralf Rangnick has been somewhat of an anticlimax, with many fans unhappy with what they perceived to be a negative starting eleven.

The German took charge of his inaugural Red Devils game, at home to Crystal Palace this afternoon.

But frustration has boiled over as the 63-year-old decided to start Scott McTominay and Fred in midfield to face the south London site.

And their selection has seen an uproar online.

One said: “They thought by bringing down Ole they'd bring down McFred— they’re in for a rude awakening lol.”

Another said: “We could have a prime Roy Keane and Claude Makélélé and McFred would still play!”

A third stated: “McFred are funny because they play like they’re new to each other… they’ve been midfield partners for 4 seasons now.”

Someone wrote: "It's Palace at home, why is Ralf being so negative with McFred? Ridiculous."

One complained: “McFred under Rangnick as well… these guys have managed to blackmail Ralf too.”

Another spat: “You can take Ole out of United but you can’t take mcfred out of United.”

Donny van de Beek returned to the bench while David De Gea started in goal at Old Trafford. Ahead of him was a back four of Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, captain Harry Maguire and Alex Telles.

The contentious pair of Fred and McTominay started in a midfield pairing with Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford on the flanks with Bruno Fernandes in the middle and Cristiano Ronaldo leading the line.

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Mason Greenwood and Juan Mata were on the bench, so was Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, Anthony Elanga, Nemanja Matic, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Phil Jones.

This meant those missing included Jesse Lingard, who recently turned down a fresh contract as per recent, or Anthony Martial, after the Frenchman complained of problems on Saturday.

Rangnick about his line-up said: "The team won against Arsenal, they did well especially in the second half.

"Since everybody was fully fit and recovered there was no need to change the first XI.

"They need to enjoy it, it's a question of energy – you could see it against Arsenal, in the end, they wanted to win that game, they invested a lot of energy into it.

"This, together with the massive support of the fans, should also be an advantage for us today.

"Jesse and Anthony indicated after training yesterday they didn't feel well and had pain – this is why.”

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