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Opinion: Why Fred's goal against Crystal Palace should have been disallowed

A late goal from Fred secured a 1-0 victory for Manchester United over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on the opening day of interim manager Ralf Rangnick's tenure.

A magnificent first-time finish from an acute angle gave the Brazilian the opportunity to score in the 77th minute following United's 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Thursday night. United earned their second consecutive victory in the Premier League as a result of the outcome.

Although stubborn and second best, Crystal Palace managed to hold out for 77 minutes before being defeated by a spectacular long-range shot from the opponent. 

However, if Jordan had converted one of the game's few significant opportunities just minutes sooner, the outcome may have been quite different. United was comfortable for the most part against opponents who were difficult to beat when Rangnick was introduced earlier this week, and that was the theme from his debut.

It was clear that they had a level of control over their play, something that Solskjaer had struggled to do. When Manchester United's players still had enough stamina to carry out Rangnick's furious, high-pressing tactics early in the game, the Red Devils looked particularly dangerous. However, even when their level of intensity dwindled, the battle did not return to the atmosphere of gloom and doom that had defined the preceding three years.

But the truth is that even though they were lacking in creativity at times and struggled to create clear opportunities, it was United who wrote their own happy ending when Mason Greenwood played the ball onto Fred's weaker foot on the edge of the penalty area and he curled it into the top left-hand corner.

Although Fred's goal should have been disallowed, I feel it should have been because Ronaldo lifted his arms in front of Crystal Palace's goalkeeper, which may have caused him to become distracted when the ball was played from Fred. Ronaldo was clearly in front of the goalkeeper as the ball swung crossed the goal line, his arms lifted in anticipation. However, identical goals have been disallowed in the past, despite the fact that the officials noticed nothing wrong with the move.

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