Ten Premier League managerial debuts after Rangnick wins first Man Utd match

Ralf Rangnick’sManchester United debut concluded with a hard-fought victory against Patrick Vieira’s unpredictable Crystal Palace side.

The German punched the air in satisfaction after Fred curled home United’s winner from 25-yards out, giving his brief tenure at Old Trafford the perfect start.

He is the seventh United boss to manage in the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, having followed David Moyes, Ryan Giggs, Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Michael Carrick.

And the victory over the Eagles means Rangnick has already done something his fellow Germans Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp did not do – win his first Premier League match.

And after the former RB Leipzig’s boss’ debut victory, Daily Star Sport looks at the top ten Premier League managerial debuts.

Arsene Wenger

Not many people were aware of Arsene Wenger when he took charge of his first Arsenal match in 1996.

However, he definitely made a strong first impression by winning his first Premier League match with the Gunners.

An Ian Wright brace secured a comfortable 2-0 away victory against Blackburn Rovers.

While the victory raised no eyebrows, it was the Premier League’s first, exciting glimpse at the free-flowing football he imposed upon the North Londoners.

Nuno Espirito-Santo

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Tottenham Hotspur are likely going through the processes of eradicating Nuno Espirito Santo’s doomed spell from their memories.

However, his Premier League debut at the helm of Spurs caused shockwaves throughout the division.

After a summer blighted by speculation surrounding Harry Kane’s future, the last thing Tottenham wanted was an opening day fixture against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.

A Son Heung-Min effort was enough for the former Wolves manager to register a spectacular debut victory against Pep Guardiola’s City.

Sadly, these performances were too few and far between, and the Portuguese manager was sacked at the start of November.

Jan Siewert

Jan Siewert appeared to have inherited an already sunken ship when he became the Hudderfield Town manager in January 2019.

Siewert was an unknown entity, having managed the Borussia Dortmund reserve and Germany youth teams. It was the German’s first senior position, and he had a next to impossible task as the Terriers were bottom of the table, ten points away from safety when he arrived.

But, he got off to a flier by recording a surprise 1-0 home victory against Wolves. Sadly, that result proved to be his only Premier League win of the season.

He clung onto his position after their relegation, but he was sacked only three matches into their Championship season.

David Moyes

In 2013, Moyes strolled through the Manchester United doors having essentially been hand picked by Sir Alex Ferguson.

And ‘The Chosen One’ appeared to be an outstanding choice after his United side came flying out of the traps in his first Premier League match.

Braces from Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck secured a ruthless 4-1 away victory against Swansea City.

It appeared this United managing malarkey was natural to the now West Ham manager.

Unfortunately, the Reds’ momentum seemed to have suffered a slow puncture from that moment, and Moyes was sacked before he could finish the season.

Manuel Pellegrini

Whispers and echoes of furious attacking football preceded Manuel Pellegrini when he was named as the next Manchester City manager at the start of the 2013-14 season.

And his side sent an ominous warning to the rest of the division when they pulverised Newcastle United 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Goals from Yaya Toure, David Silva, Samir Nasri, and Sergio Aguero secured a simple victory for the Citizens.

And unlike many of his compatriots on the list, this was a sign of things to come as City went on to win the Premier League title, scoring 102 goals along the way.

Luiz Felipe Scolari

The Brazilian World Cup winner looked ready to take the Premier League by storm when he came through the always spinning Stamford Bridge revolving door.

And his Chelsea side began in electric fashion by thrashing Portsmouth 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Joe Cole and Nicolas Anelka lit the fuse with two first-half goals in Scolari’s debut, before Frank Lampard slid home a trademark penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Deco saved the best til last with a wonderful 25-yard free-kick to complete the rout.

Unfortunately, that was as good as it got for Scolari who was sacked by Chelsea in February with the Blues in fourth position in the Premier League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer banished the negative mood left behind by Mourinho with an electric victory in his first match in charge in the 2017-18 season.

United fans had grown tired of Mourinho’s static and defensive football, and craved a manager who would, as United fans often chant, ‘Attack, attack, attack’.

And ‘Attack, attack, attack’ the Red Devils did, as goals from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, and Anthony Martial before a Jesse Lingard brace secured a ferocious 5-1 away victory against Cardiff City.

United finished the campaign strongly, and Solskjaer was given the job on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

Alan Pardew

Newcastle United fans often could not make up their minds whether former manager Alan Pardew was public enemy No.1, or whether he was the Geordie saviour.

His debut was marred by crowd protests and dismay, after he replaced the popular Chris Hughton at St James’ Park.

Newcastle were in eleventh position when Hughton was ruthlessly ousted from his position, barely a few months after getting the club promoted back into the Premier League.

However, Pardew managed to silence the boo boys with an impressive 3-1 home victory against Liverpool.

It was an exciting start to a rollercoaster of a tenure at St James’ Park.

Slaven Bilic

An away trip to Arsenal in your first Premier League match was not an easy beginning to life as West Ham United manager for Slaven Billic.

Yet, there is no way you would have known that, as the Hammers cruised past the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.

Goals either side of half-time from Cheikhou Kouyate and Mauro Zarate secured a 2-0 away victory for the Irons, who did a job on a bemused Arsenal side.

It was the catalyst for a sensational season, as the East Londoners waved goodbye to Upton Park having qualified for the Europa League.

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho’s put himself on the managerial map when his unfancied Porto side knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League.

Therefore, it was poetic his first ever Premier League match would begin with an impressive 1-0 victory against the Reds.

Eidur Gudjohnsen’s scrappy goal in the first-half was enough to seal victory, as the Blues put up their fortifications and shut United out.

It was a magnificent tactical display from the Blues, who went on to dominate the Premier League and win the title with 95 points and only one defeat.

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