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October 1, 2011 7:30 PM IST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ S. Attwell‎
Attendance:‬ 75514‎
 
68′ Anderson
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-0 Norwich City

Anderson comes to rescue and breaks deadlock in second half before Danny Welbeck seals victory with late goal as United stay ahead of rivals Manchester City on goal difference

By Rob Stewart at Old Trafford

  • Anders Lindegaard
    26
    1
    3.00

    Anders Lindegaard

    Neat and tidy performance from the Dane on the rare occasions he was called into action as he staked his claim for a regular starting slot ahead of De Gea.

  • Jonny Evans
    20
    4
    2.50

    Jonny Evans

    Failed to add solidity to a United defence that has been at sixes at sevens recently and almost cost his side a goal when he was shrugged off by Morison.

  • Phil Jones
    53
    3
    4.00

    Phil Jones Top of the Match

    All singing, all dancing display. Looks likes he is starting to get to grips with what it takes to be a top-class defender because after an awkward start he rose to the challenge of stifling Steve Morison and came to his side's rescue with an interception after Evans slipped up.

  • Patrice Evra
    19
    3
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    The stand-in captain was an uncompromising as ever in defence but failed to give his team a cutting edge down the left wing.

  • Antonio Valencia
    16
    10
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia Flop of the Match

    Given a good test by Pikington and got forward at every opportunity from right-back. Final delivery let him down a couple of times and would have gifted Norwich a winner but for Pikington's wastefulness.

  • Anderson
    20
    3
    3.00

    Anderson

    There can be no faulting his effort but he lacked the creativity needed to break a Norwich side that had 10 players behind the ball for most of the game but that mattered not as he stuck at his task to break deadlock.

  • Darren Fletcher
    21
    1
    3.00

    Darren Fletcher

    The way he kept things ticking over in midfield showed that he is getting back to his best after his virus and would have scored but for goal-line block by Tierney.

  • Ji-Sung Park
    24
    2
    3.00

    Ji-Sung Park

    As industrious as ever but the South Korean struggled to get better of Naugton down United's left flank.

  • Nani
    19
    5
    3.00

    Nani

    Not his usual self. A hot and cold display from the Portuguese winger who clearly forgot to bring along his shooting boots.

  • Wayne Rooney
    30
    2
    3.50

    Wayne Rooney

    Went close to breaking the deadlock with a first-half header but found himself drifting far too deeply to be a major threat in attack on his comeback from injury. Grazed crossbar late on

  • Javier Hernández
    23
    4
    3.00

    Javier Hernández

    A quiet performance from the Mexican who lacked his trademark zip and hardly got a sight of Ruddy's goal.

Substitutions

  • Rio Ferdinand
    14
    2
    0.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Sent on to shore up defence late on as Norwich threw caution to the wind

  • Ryan Giggs
    27
    1
    3.50

    Ryan Giggs

    Sent into fray on 64 minutes in place of ineffective Nani and seized initiative for United before supplying corner for Anderson to open scoring

  • Danny Welbeck
    33
    2
    3.50

    Danny Welbeck

    Came on in place of Hernandez and showed why he deserves a regular first-team spot with third goal in a week

  • John Ruddy
    7
    3
    3.50

    John Ruddy

    A calming influence behind his back four but there was nothing he could do about Anderson's winner

  • Leon Barnett
    6
    3
    3.50

    Leon Barnett

    Rock-solid at the heart of the defence but he ran out of steam late following a succession of excellent interceptions as he ran his socks off

  • Russell Martin
    8
    3
    4.00

    Russell Martin

    Brilliant display from the Norwich centre-half who seemed destined to keep United at bay as he marshalled his back four superbly until Anderson's late intervention

  • Marc Tierney
    6
    3
    3.50

    Marc Tierney

    Cracking performance at left-back as he did what most other Premier League defenders will struggle to do and contain Nani

  • Kyle Naughton
    7
    3
    4.00

    Kyle Naughton

    Tottenham clearly have a very good right-back on their books because the loanee dominated his flank

  • Bradley Johnson
    7
    2
    3.50

    Bradley Johnson

    The former Leeds player showed that he is Premier League quality with a battling show in the midfield trenches

  • David Fox
    3
    2
    3.00

    David Fox

    He worked hard but just lacked the necessary quality for Norwich to make the most of their rare spells in possession

  • Wesley Hoolahan
    4
    2
    3.00

    Wesley Hoolahan

    The Norwich skipper battled tirelessly as he tried to support Morison but hardly got a look in

  • Anthony Pilkington
    3
    2
    3.00

    Anthony Pilkington

    At 0-0 he missed a sitter at that will haunt the former United trainee for the rest of his life and that took the shine off a fine display full of verve and was denied by a post as he sought redemption

  • Elliott Bennett
    4
    2
    3.00

    Elliott Bennett

    The midfielder gave his all as Norwich frustrated their illustrious rivals but failed to make an impact attacking-wise

  • Steve Morison
    9
    2
    4.00

    Steve Morison

    A constant thorn in United flesh, there was no stopping the lone striker but he just lacked a finishing touch

Substitutions

  • Andrew Crofts
    0
    2
    0.00

    Andrew Crofts

    A late substitute he hardly got a look in

  • Christopher Martin
    1
    1
    0.00

    Christopher Martin

    Sent on in the closing stages in place of Hoolahan but unable to influence proceedings

  • K. Jackson
    1
    1
    2.50

    K. Jackson

    Sent on in place of Fox as Lambert upped the ante but failed to impress

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0