Cristiano Ronaldo’s late penalty and David De Gea’s heroics gave new Manchester United head coach Ralf Rangnick a second successive 1-0 Premier League win, beating Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Ronaldo sent Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul the wrong way from the spot on 75 minutes after he had been hauled down by Max Aarons when contesting a cross.
Krul denied Alex Telles, Harry Maguire and Ronaldo before the break, but his opposite number De Gea was the busier man in the second half.
First the United ‘keeper tipped a Teemu Pukki shot over before superbly saving Ozan Kabak’s header as Norwich sought an equaliser. Billy Gilmour’s powerful shot was then deflected wide by Eric Bailly.
United held on to climb to fifth, level on 27 points with West Ham United in fourth.
Ronaldo’s goal and De Gea’s heroics ensured interim boss Ralf Rangnick achieve the rare feat of keeping clean sheets in his first two league games in charge of the club.
According to OptaJoe, the German (Rangnick) is only the second person to ever record clean sheets in both of their first two games as manager of Manchester United, and the first to do so for 118 years.
The only previous Man United boss to achieve that feat was Ernest Mangnall, who did so in 1903.
Rangnick will attempt to continue his 100% start to life as a Premier League manager when his side visit Brentford on Tuesday.