Ralf Rangnick watched his Manchester United side overcome a spirited Leeds team in front of their Elland Road crowd, which left a mark on the interim boss on Sunday afternoon
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Ralf Rangnick confessed that the atmosphere inside Elland Road was “wonderful” during Manchester United’s tough win.
The Reds took the lead, locked in before once again racing clear as they picked up three points.
Sunday’s clash was the first Premier League the meeting between the two sides with fans has been present for 18 years.
The Leeds United followers roared on their side despite being 2-0 down in the first half.
However, a crazy minute of the second half saw the game leveled as Rodrigo, and then Raphinha, scored for the whites to make it 2-2.
That led to Elland Road becoming a pitch fever as home audiences dreamed of a memorable comeback win over their arch-rival.
Rangnick admitted after the game: “We conceded two goals in a minute and that changed the whole game. The atmosphere was amazing for those five minutes. “
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United were able to weather the storm as paradise opened up in west Yorkshire.
Fred put them back in the lead in the 77th minute before Anthony Elanga made it safe.
Rangnick had never worked in the UK before, despite spending time here in his prime.
Leeds’ decline meant they were not regular rivals to United after being relegated in 2004 but animosity between the two teams remains.
The German player had to undergo some training last week when he revealed that a colleague had made him aware of the competition.
He said in the lead-up: “Honestly, I didn’t know it until a week ago, but most of my colleagues have pointed out that this is probably one of the biggest rivalries. in the Premier League.
“Of course, I also have a few of those, we call them local derbies in Germany, with Schalke v Borussia Dortmund just to give you an example.”
The rivalry with Leeds goes back decades, and players crossing the line only serve to increase hatred.
The departure of Eric Cantona in 1992 is widely seen as the catalyst that brought the Reds to a position of domestic dominance under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Frenchman won the top flight with Leeds but that summer went to Old Trafford, where he would win four league titles in five years.
Roy Keane said of his former team-mate: “Well, obviously I met Eric before I signed for United but you don’t know about his personality until you sign for a club. set.”
“Eric is clearly a brilliant player, has scored big goals for Man United, a big character, a good personality, a good guy to go out for the night, a good guy in the trenches when you in the yard.
“People see him as a goalscorer but he loves the game, he’s a good guy to train with and he’s taken United to the limit. A good guy to go with it. “
More recently, Alan Smith joined the Red Devils after Leeds’ relegation in 2004.
Daniel James moved in the other direction this summer after two years in Manchester and played for the whites on Sunday.
The Welshman claimed at the top of the game he would have no problem celebrating against his former side if he found the back of the net.
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