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March 2, 2013 11:00 PM SGT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ N. Swarbrick‎
Attendance:‬ 75586‎
 
45+1′ Shinji Kagawa
 
 
 
90′ Wayne Rooney
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 4-0 Norwich

Shinji Kagawa netted ahat trick before Wayne Rooney impressively added gloss to the scoreline as the Red Devils warmed up for the midweek visit of Real Madrid in style

By Jeremy Butler at Old Trafford

  • David de Gea
    37
    3
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Catching two crosses was the sum total of his afternoon's work.

  • Patrice Evra
    29
    5
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Had one scare when Holt beat him at the back post but got away with it as referee blew for a dubious foul. Got forward frequently without delivering a final ball for his front men.

  • Jonny Evans
    30
    5
    3.00

    Jonny Evans

    Will not have an easier game than this. Organised well at the back, and why not? There was nothing else to do.

  • Chris Smalling
    23
    6
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Slotted in at right-back but his defensive ability was not tested. Did not offer much going forward and could have been withdrawn with Valencia able to launch attacks from his position.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    35
    1
    3.00

    Nemanja Vidic

    The skipper easily kept Holt under wraps and should have been more selfish when Van Persie put a free kick on his head just yards out and he knocked the ball down rather than going for goal.

  • Antonio Valencia
    22
    7
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Cut back on to his left foot to deliver a cross for the opening goal and tried to get at Garrido whenever possible, but is not in marauding form at the moment and wasted chance to impress.

  • Anderson
    17
    12
    2.50

    Anderson

    A typical mixed bag from the Brazilian. A couple of smart passes before sending a wayward delivery into the top tier. His driving runs from midfield did keep Norwich on the back foot, though.

  • Michael Carrick
    36
    2
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Was coasting through the game until his precision pass down the right allowed Rooney to race away and set up the second. Will need to be more penetrating against Madrid.

  • Wayne Rooney
    57
    9
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Looked sharp as he combined well with Van Persie and Kagawa on the edge of the box. His powerful run and vision set up Kawaga for the second. And then he made sitting through the earlier dross worthwhile by scoring a stunner.

  • Robin van Persie
    37
    9
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    Alex Ferguson compared him to Eric Cantona on Friday and one early pass that nearly set Rooney free was reminiscent of the great Frenchman. His touch then set up Kagawa for the opener before he was subbed with 65 minutes gone.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    88
    6
    4.00

    Shinji Kagawa Top of the Match

    His hat trick capped a real treat of a performance. The Japan star is never flash but was effective here. A close-range volley and two goals coming from deep to finish off moves. The summer signing is coming of age at Old Trafford,

Substitutions

  • Tom Cleverley
    20
    5
    2.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Slotted in as a replacement for Anderson and kept the ball well.

  • Danny Welbeck
    15
    14
    2.50

    Danny Welbeck

    Came on as a sub and nearly netted with his first powerpacked run into to the box as he forced Bunn into a save.

  • Mark Bunn
    1
    4
    3.50

    Mark Bunn

    Alert to stop Rooney benefiting from an early Van Persie pass and bravely dived at the feet of the Dutchman as he covered his defence well. Was left exposed when Kawaga scored but was sharp to deny Rooney once more in second half.

  • Russell Martin
    0
    4
    2.50

    Russell Martin

    Dived into tackles and was not effective on the ball. Bizarrely popped up in the box and hacked over from six yards only to be have his embarrassment saved by the referee ajudging Holt had committed a foul seconds earlier.

  • S. Bassong
    3
    2
    3.50

    S. Bassong

    Looked unflappable until Rooney ran off him to set up the second a little too easily.

  • Michael Turner
    2
    2
    3.50

    Michael Turner

    Stood strong at the back and threw his body into blocks but was helped by United's inability to go wide and ping balls into the box. Was always going to be happy with the game being played in front of him.

  • Javier Garrido
    0
    4
    2.50

    Javier Garrido

    Did not get any stick despite his Manchester City connections and quietly went about his work keeping Valencia quiet. Did well until he let the winger get off a cross on his wrong foot in the build up to Kagawa's goal.

  • Bradley Johnson
    0
    4
    2.50

    Bradley Johnson

    Wasted a great early chance to drop the ball on Holt's head and did not advance much after that although he could have seen red for crack at Rooney's ankle.

  • Robert Snodgrass
    1
    4
    2.50

    Robert Snodgrass

    Worked hard to get across and stop Evra getting a free run at right-back Martin but was reckless when picking up a booking for clattering the French left-back.

  • Jonny Howson
    0
    3
    2.50

    Jonny Howson

    Plonked himself in front of his central defenders to cut the supply into Van Persie and Rooney and did his job well with little fuss. His one foray forward saw a well-directed shot that was deflected for a corner.

  • Anthony Pilkington
    1
    4
    2.00

    Anthony Pilkington Flop of the Match

    Never had a run at Smalling, despite the lanky defender looking like the weak point of United's defence. Doubled up on Valencia to keep him quiet but Norwich wanted more from the man who scored the winner when these teams last met.

  • Wesley Hoolahan
    0
    3
    2.50

    Wesley Hoolahan

    The tricky playmaker was wasted as Chris Hughton asked him to track back and fill holes. The Norwich boss should have sacrificed Hoolahan and stuck on a defensive minded player instead.

  • Grant Holt
    2
    3
    2.50

    Grant Holt

    Pulled onto the right flank a lot to try and bully Evra but was isolated when he did so. Used his strength to hold the ball up well - but did not see much of it.

Substitutions

  • Kei Kamara
    0
    4
    2.00

    Kei Kamara

    Had too little time to make an impact.

  • Luciano Becchio
    0
    3
    2.00

    Luciano Becchio

    Struggled to do much up top as United saw the game out with ease.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0