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REPORT: Manchester United 4-0 Norwich City

Manchester United started their life after David Moyes with a 4-0 victory over Norwich City, the second time they has played the side at Old Trafford this season, winning by the same scoreline. Old Trafford was a different place though, all because of one man. Ryan Giggs. The interim manager got straight back into winning ways in his first game in charge, which was a welcome boost for the Red Devils, no so welcome for Norwich City, who are not in a safe position right now. The match between Cardiff City and Sunderland will push them into a relegation spot, providing it is not a draw.

It took United almost the entire first half to find a goal, which was via a penalty which was awarded on the 41st minute. Wayne Rooney was the scorer, putting his penalty past Mark Bunn coolly and calmly. It took United three minutes after the break to double their lead, and with Ryan Giggs occasionally standing in the technical area in the first half, once with his arms out wide, as if asking “What was that”, the half time team talk must have spurred his squad on in the second half, as their overall gameplay was better. Wayne Rooney was the scorer of the second goal in the match, after Shinji Kagawa set up the shot.

United made their first change on the hour mark, with Juan Mata replacing Danny Welbeck. Mata took just three minutes to bag his first goal of the match, his fourth for the club since he switched from Chelsea in January. Phil Jones assisted the Spaniard, which pleased Giggs, who was sat in the dug out at the time of the goal. United were 3-0 up and were still looking to punish Norwich City even more. Giggs ordered another change on the 65th minute with Ashley Young replacing Kagawa, and six minutes later Javier Hernandez replaced Tom Cleverley.

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On the 73rd minute, 10 minutes after his first goal, Mata found the back of the net once again. Antonio Valencia put the ball into the box from the right, after receiving it from the left only moments before. Javier Hernandez was waiting in the area to slot the ball home, but Mata just nodded the ball into the back of the net. United were 4-0 up and Norwich City were in trouble. Wayne Rooney could have completed his hat-trick after his shot landed on the roof of the net and Hernandez missed a sitter in the dying seconds of the match, which should have been United’s fifth.

Nemanja Vidic could be in a spot of bother after him and Robert Snodgrass had a bit of a fracas. The Serbian defender looked to have head butted the former Leeds United player, who was then looking around to see if anyone else saw it, probably to try and get United’s captain, who leaves the club at the end of the season, sent off, meaning this would have been his last match at Old Trafford. We will have to wait and see what the referee’s report suggests and whether the FA will take any retrospective action.

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Man of the Match: Wayne Rooney

Goals: Wayne Rooney 41′ penalty, 48′, Juan Mata 63′, 73′

Assists: Shinji Kagawa 48′, Phil Jones 63′, Antonio Valencia 73′

Match Statistics: Goals 4, Shots On Target 11, Shots Off Target 8, Corners 5, Offsides 1, Yellow Cards 1, Red Cards 1, Fouls Won 8, Fouls Conceded 13, Pass Success Rate 88%, Possession 61%

Manchester United: 1. De Gea; 4. Jones, 5. Ferdinand, 15. Vidic, 3. Evra; 25. Valencia, 16. Carrick, 23. Cleverley (14. Hernandez 71′), 26. Kagawa (18. Young 65′); 10. Rooney, 19. Welbeck (8. Mata 60′)

Substitutes Not Used: 13. Lindegaard; 12. Smalling; 17. Nani, 24. Fletcher

Bookings: Patrice Evra 65′

Norwich City: 1. Ruddy; 3. Whittaker, 2. Martin, 6. Turner, 23. Olsson; 7. Snodgrass, 10. Fer (27. Tettey 80′), 8. Howson, 4. Johnson, 22. Redmond (11. Hooper 69′); 9. van Wolfswinkel (16. Elmander 57′)

Substitutes Not Used: 13. Bunn; 24. R. Bennett; 15. Gutiérrez, 31. Murphy

Bookings: Jonny Howson 29′

By Paul Bienkowski

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