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Manchester United 2 – 0 Norwich, Old Trafford at 3pm
Anderson ’68, Welbeck ’87

90+3 min


90+3 min Full-time. Manchester United beat Norwich 2-0 after goals from Anderson and Danny Welbeck.
90+2 min Rooney gets behind the Norwich defence. he should score but chips the ball over the bar.
90+1 min Rooney heads away a Norwich cross.
88 min Jackson shoots well wide.
87 min Goal for Manchester United. Danny Welbeck scores for United. Welbeck plays in Park in the Norwich box. The Korean holds the ball up before passing to Welbeck, who finishes into an open net.
86 min Welbeck tries to play in Giggs, but Ruddy collects the ball.
85 min Substitution for Norwich. Chris Martin replaces Wes Hoolahan.
85 min Barnett heads over from the corner.
84 min Morison and Hollohan play a one-two. Morison is unmarked in the United box, but he hits a poor shot that Rio Ferdinand blocks.
83 min Crofts shoots straight at Lindegaard.
82 min Rooney tries to chip the keeper but it is a poor effort. The striker could have passed to Welbeck, who was in a good position.
80 min Great effort from Rooney. The striker beats his marker and shoots just wide from a difficult angle.
79 min Rooney plays in Valencia, who is in a great crossing position, but the winger is penalised being offside.
77 min Phil Jones plays a brilliant cross into the Norwich six yard box. Welbeck stretches for the ball but can only hit the ball wide.
76 min Substitution for Manchester United. Rio Ferdinand comes on for Anderson. Phil Jones moves to right back and Valencia moves into midfield.
74 min Norwich hit the post. Pilkington shoots and the ball takes a big deflection off Anderson. Lindegaard is left rooted to the spot but the ball hits the post and bounces into his hands.
74 min Double Substitution for Norwich. Jackson and Crofts replace Fox and Bennett.
74 min Lindegaard is put under pressure and his attempt at a pass goes out for a throw to Norwich.
72 min Hoolahan gets free in the United box but he is dispossessed by Phil Jones.
68 min Goal for Manchester United! Anderson scores for the Manchester side. Giggs takes the corner and the ball is headed into the danger zone. Rooney heads the ball on and Anderson heads home from five yards.
68 min Giggs has looked looked dangerous on the left wing since coming on. He forces another corner.
67 min Rooney has a shot blocked and it goes out for a corner.
65 min Terrible miss from Pilkington. Valencia falls over and gifts the ball to Pilkington. The Norwich man is one-on-one with Lindegaard but shoots to the right and wide. Big let off for Manchester United.
64 min Double Substitution for Manchester United. Ryan Giggs replaces Nani and Danny Welbeck comes on for Javier Hernandez.
62 min Hoolahan runs forward unchallenged and shoots over from outside the box.
57 min Jones makes a good forward run and tries to play in Rooney, but the pass is intercepted.
54 min Good counter attack from Norwich. Lindegaard makes a good save from Pilkington, who takes the ball past Jones and has his shot semi-blocked by Evans.
52 min Morison gets behind the United defence. The Norwich man has the chance to play in Hoolahan but holds on to the ball too long and Phil Jones makes a great tackle to dispossess Morison.
50 min Rooney shoots well over from distance.
49 min Rooney finds Anderson in the box with a brilliant through ball. Anderon pulls the ball onto his left foot but he slips and shoots wide.
47 min Good cross from Evra almost finds Hernandez, but Ruddy catches the ball well.
46 min Norwich kick off to start the second half.

Half-Time The match is scoreless at the interval after a tight first half. Manchester United have had 67 per cent of possession but Alex Ferguson’s charges have failed to create any clear chances. Norwich have defended well so far and Paul Lambert will be delighted with his team’s performance.

45+1 min Half-time
45 min Nani shoots wide from outside the box.
45 min It’s all United possession wise, but they are failing to create any clear chances.
42 min Martin makes a great tackle to dispossess Nani in the Norwich box.
42 min A Valencia cross is cleared.
39 min Rooney shoots just wide from outside the box.
35 min Rooney heads wide from a Nani corner. Decent chance for the England striker.
34 min Pilkington shoots well wide from distance.
33 min Fletcher flicks on a Nani corner and the ball is cleared for another corner.
32 min United attack patiently. Park eventually has a shot blocked and the ball goes out for a corner.
30 min Valencia tries to play a one-two with Hernandez, but the pass back is slightly under hit.
28 min United hold the ball outside the Norwich box for a couple of minutes without an real penetration. Rooney makes a quick movement and releases Evra, who is free in the box. The Frenchman’s shot is blocked and cleared, however.
24 min An Evra cross is cut out by Martin.
22 min Evans makes a good sliding tackle to dispossess Morison.
21 min A Nani cross is well collected by Ruddy.
19 min Hoolahan holds up the ball well and passes to Pilkington, who takes the ball past two defenders before having a shot blocked.
15 min Rooney pulls the ball back for Hernandez and the Mexican’s shot is blocked.
12 min Valencia fouls Tierney to give the Norwich defence a respite.
12 min Anderson has a shot blocked.
11 min Nani sends a good cross to the back post and the ball is headed out for a corner.
10 min Nani shoots well wide from distance.
9 min Hoolahan shoots well over on the half-volley.
5 min Wes Hoolahan gets a shot on goal.
5 min Bennett does brilliantly to ghost past a couple of United defenders, but he cannot find a teammate with his cross.
4 min Rooney works the ball to Nani on the right wing, but the Portuguese man’s cross is blocked.
3 min Poor clearance from Lindegaard gives Johnson a slight opening from distance. It’s a poor strike from the Norwich man though.
2 min Wayne Rooney gets the first shot on target. Easy save for Ruddy.
1 min Manchester United kickoff to start the match.
0 min Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Jonny Evans return from injury for Manchester United. Anders Lindegaard also replaces David De Gea in goal and Ji-Sung Park comes in for Ashley Young. Norwich name the same side that beat Sunderland on Monday.


Manchester United: Lindegaard, Valencia, Jones, Evans, Evra, Park, Fletcher, Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Hernandez

Substitutes: De Gea, Ferdinand, Owen, Berbatov, Giggs, Carrick, Welbeck

Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, R. Martin, Barnett, Tierney, Bennett, Hoolahan, Fox, Pilkington, Morison, Johnson

Substitutes: Rudd, Drury, Crofts, Holt, Jackson, Surman, C. Martin


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