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Norwich City v Manchester United Live Commentary, 12/11/21

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Cristiano Ronaldo (75 pen)
Carrow Road


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United are next in action against Brentford on the road on Tuesday. Norwich also play on the same day at Carrow Road against Aston Villa.
Manchester United secure their third win on the bounce in the Premier League, edging out Norwich City by a 1-0 margin at Carrow Road. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after being fouled by Max Aarons. The Canaries had decent chances to earn a share of the spoils, but David de Gea was in inspired form to deny Ozan Kabak twice. Ralf Rangnick's men had the composure to see out the victory to take them into fifth place in the table, while Norwich remain bottom.
90' + 5' BLOCK! Rashford lines up the resulting free-kick, but his effort is blocked by the Norwich wall before Greenwood concedes a free-kick.
P. Lees Melou
Yellow Card
Norwich City
90' + 4' Lees-Melou brings down Fred on the edge of the Norwich box and goes into the book.
90' + 2' DE GEA SAVES FROM KABAK AGAIN!! The United keeper deserves all the plaudits this evening as he makes another sharp stop. Gilmour floats a free-kick to the back post that Kabak heads down towards the bottom-right corner. However, De Gea turns it away from goal with a reaction save.
90' There will be five minutes of added time.
D. van de Beek
Bruno Fernandes
Manchester United
88' Van de Beek enters the action as he replaces Fernandes in the final third.
88' WIDE! Fred sends an incisive pass through to Fernandes in the Norwich box. The Portuguese takes one touch before firing at goal, but he places his attempt wide of the left post.
86' WHAT A MISS! RONALDO SHOULD SCORE!!! Rashford bursts down the left flank and into the box. He cuts the ball back for Ronaldo in the middle, only for the forward to lift his left-footed strike over the bar.
84' Norwich have been impressive this evening, but have lacked nous in the final third at both ends of the pitch. It epitomises their season thus far in the Premier League.
82' BLOCK! GILMOUR IS DENIED TWICE! The Scot latches on to a loose ball on the edge of the United box and hammers a left-footed strike at goal. Dalot makes the first block, but the midfielder lines up a second effort. However, on this occasion Bailly is there to deflect it wide of the left post.
81' Pukki tries to steer an offload towards McLean from Aarons' cross, but it travels away from the midfielder. If he left it, it might have reached it anyway.
79' Lees-Melou latches on to a knockdown from Pukki, but it takes time for him to get the ball out of his feet before he sees his strike charged down.
78' Ronaldo is the third player to score for three different Man Utd managers (Solskjaer, Carrick, Rangnick) in a single season after James Hanson and Joe Spence both did so in 1926-27 (Chapman, Hilditch, Bamlett).
77' WHAT A SAVE! DE GEA DENIES KABAK! The defender rises highest from Gilmour's cross from the left flank and directs a header low towards the bottom-left corner. It seems destined for the back of the net before De Gea gets down and turns it away with a firm hand.
Diogo Dalot
Yellow Card
Manchester United
77' Dalot brings down Sargent with a robust challenge on the left flank and goes into the book.
P. Lees Melou
L. Rupp
Norwich City
76' Lees-Melou replaces Rupp for the home side in the middle of the park. Rupp had a solid outing.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Penalty Goal
Manchester United
75' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! RONALDO CONVERTS!!!!! 1-0 UNITED!!!!! The forward blasts the visitors in front with a precise spot-kick. Ronaldo hammers a right-footed strike into the bottom-left corner, sending Krul the wrong way. The Red Devils have not been at their best, but now have the lead.
E. Bailly
V. Lindelöf
Manchester United
74' Bailly replaces Lindelof for the visitors at the back.
73' PENALTY TO MANCHESTER UNITED! Aarons wrestles Ronaldo to the ground in the penalty area and the referee points to the spot.
72' Rashford continues to probe at the Norwich defence. He wins a corner down the left flank as Aarons slides in with a strong challenge to stop his run.
70' Lindelof has an issue for the Red Devils and may have to make way here. The Swede appears to have a problem with his chest.
T. Cantwell
P. Płacheta
Norwich City
70' Placheta makes way for Cantwell in the final third for the home side.
69' Norwich have the chance for a quick counter as Rupp releases Pukki down the left, but his offload for Placheta sends the Pole away from goal before the winger sees his cross claimed by De Gea.
M. Greenwood
J. Sancho
Manchester United
67' Greenwood replaces Sancho in the final third for the visitors. Sancho had drifted out of the game in the second half.
66' Rashford makes a neat turn in the final third and offloads to Ronaldo, but he gets crowded out by Sorensen and Kabak before he can threaten.
63' Rashford has space in the Norwich box and Ronaldo in support. He offloads behind the Portuguese, forcing him to stretch and Ronaldo's pass in turn towards Fernandes is intercepted by Sorensen.
62' Sargent makes a good run down the left flank before turning inside to shoot on his right foot, only to see his effort charged down by Dalot.
61' WIDE! Rashford collects an offload from Sancho on the left flank and he opens up space to fire a low drive at goal. His effort has the power, but just drifts into the side-netting. A decent strike from the forward.
60' Norwich put the squeeze on with a series of corners, but United see out the spell of pressure. The visitors are being made to work.
59' OFF THE BAR! Placheta lifts a corner into the box from the right flank that Sargent flicks on. Sorensen rises at the back post to attack it and directs a header towards the net. However, it clips off Maguire and just skims the top of the bar.
56' SAVE! DE GEA DENIES PUKKI!! The Finn latches on to an offload from Rupp and turns to shoot on his left foot. He drills his effort with power towards the top-left corner, but De Gea reacts to deny a certain goal by turning it over the bar. Close from Pukki.
54' OFFSIDE! Fernandes sends Rashford through on goal, but he takes a heavy touch and loses out to Kabak with a fine sliding challenge. The forward was offside anyway as the flag goes up late. The England man is struggling out there.
52' Fernandes works the ball to Fred to shoot from distance, but his effort is deflected behind for a corner by Sorensen.
51' Rashford struggles with his distribution once more, playing a pass for Ronaldo straight through to Krul. Rangnick may have to turn to his bench before long.
49' Dalot tries to send Sancho down the right flank, but he overhits his pass out for a goal-kick. United are not clicking in the final third.
47' SAVE! Placheta latches on to a cutback from Aarons on the edge of the United box and dribbles his way past Maguire. He shoots on his left foot with a toe-poke, but De Gea is able to make a comfortable save.
46' We're back under way at Carrow Road.
Dean Smith will be satisfied with the Canaries' performance, especially after losing skipper Grant Hanley to injury during the first half. They carried a threat at times, but just lacked a clinical edge to make half-chances into clear openings at goal. They will face a test of their resolve after the break as United should come out witha. point to prove.
It's goalless at the break between Norwich City and Manchester United in their Premier League clash at Carrow Road. Both sides have struggled in the final third, although United did start to create openings towards the end of the half as Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire were denied by Tim Krul. Still, Ralf Rangnick will want to see a lot more from his side in the second half.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
45' SAVE! Sancho whips a cross into the box from the left flank for Maguire to attack. His header almost loops over Krul, but the Dutchman stretches back to turn it over the bar. A vital stop before the interval.
43' Aaron carries the ball forward with menace for the home side into the United half before being taken out by McTominay. The Scot avoids a booking, but Norwich get a free-kick for their troubles.
42' Sargent attempts to thread a pass behind the United defence for Pukki, but Maguire reads the danger and makes the interception ahead of the forward.
40' BLOCK AND SAVE! Rupp makes a surge into the United box before seeng his left-footed strike at goal blocked by Maguire. Norwich keep the pressure on and Giannoulis lifts a cross to the back post for Rupp to attack, only for the midfielder to nodd a tame effort at De Gea.
39' WIDE! Rashford attacks a cross from Telles from the left flank, but he gets his effort all wrong and nods well wide of the target.
37' SAVE! McTominay threads the needle to release Ronaldo into the right-inside channel, but the forward opts against the first-time strike. He cuts back on to his left foot to fire at goal, only to be denied by a fine stop from Krul.
36' Rashford makes a break down the left flank and he cuts inside to shoot on his right foot, but he is closed down by Aarons and Rupp, losing possession in the Norwich box.
33' United are struggling for cohesion on the field. They've not been able to muster a significant threat on the Norwich goal in the first half.
31' SAVE! Sancho raids down the right flank and works a pass inside for Dalot, but he curls a tame effort on his left foot into the hands of Krul.
29' Rupp latches on to a throughball from Placheta and he tries to square it to Pukki, but he just puts too much on his offload and the Finn fails to control it in the United box.
27' Fortunately for Dalot, Gilmour sends the resulting Norwich corner straight down the throat of De Gea.
26' Dalot tries to usher the ball out of play on the byline, but it takes a loose touch amid pressure from Sargent and concedes a needless corner.
25' Rashford tries to break behind Kabak, but the defender fends off the forward, although the United man is convinced that he was fouled in the box.
23' Fernandes tries to latch on to a throughball from Ronaldo in the left-inside channel, but the ball just evades the Portuguese.
J. Sørensen
G. Hanley
Norwich City
21' Sorensen makes his way on to the pitch to replace Hanley, who was suffering from a shoulder injury. 
19' Hanley returns to the pitch, although he does not appear comfortable with his left shoulder.
17' Hanley remains down for the Canaries after landing awkwardly. It is a concern for the hosts considering that they are without Gibson and Omobamidele due to injury.
16' Ronaldo scuffs an attempted strike at goal from the edge of the box before he brings down Hanley in his attempt to regain possession.
14' OFF THE BAR! Telles lines up the free-kick and his effort clips off the top of the wall. It soars towards the Norwich goal, forcing Krul to turn it onto the bar and over. So close for the Red Devils.
13' Rashford goes down under pressure from Hanley on the edge of the box, presenting United with a free-kick in a dangerous position.
11' BLOCK! McTominay latches on to a loose pass from Rupp and lines up a drive from the edge of the box, but his effort is repelled by McLean.
9' Pukki pounces on a poor pass from Telles back to Maguire and he surges down the right flank. He sends a low cross into the middle that McTominay has to steer behind for a corner on the slide.
6' Norwich press in the final third, but United are able to get men behind the ball to quell the threat from Sargent and Pukki.
4' Giannoulis tries to weaves his way through traffic on the edge of the United box and goes down amid pressure from McTominay, but the referee waves play on.
2' Giannoulis sends Sargent down the left flank, but Lindelof gets across to usher the ball behind for a United goal-kick.
1' We're under way at Carrow Road.
Norwich have lost eight of their last 10 Premier League meetings with Man Utd (W2), including the last three in a row. It’s the fourth time they’ve lost three consecutive Premier League games against Man Utd, but they’ve never lost four in a row against them in the competition.
Rangnick has reverted back to the side that defeated Crystal Palace after resting them during the week. Ronaldo is expected to lead the line once more supported by Sancho, Fernandes and Rashford. Dalot continues at full-back in the absence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while Telles holds down the left ahead of Shaw.
Smith has made five changes to his side that was beaten 3-0 by Tottenham last time out. Kabak, Sargent, Rupp, Placheta and Giannoulis all come into the fold for the Canaries. Ben Gibson and Andrew Omobamidele miss out on a place in the squad, while Brandon Williams is ineligible against his parent club. Lees-Melou and Idah both drop to the bench this evening.
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Mason Greenwood, Jesse Lingard, Tom Heaton, Luke Shaw, Dean Henderson, Donny van de Beek, Anthony Elanga.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles; Scott McTominay, Fred; Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford; Cristiano Ronaldo.
NORWICH CITY SUBS: Sam Byram, Kieran Dowell, Todd Cantwell, Jacob Lungi Sorensen, Pierre Lees-Melou, Bali Mumba, Angus Gunn, Adam Idah, Jonathan Tomkinson. 
NORWICH CITY (3-5-2): Tim Krul; Ozan Kabak, Grant Hanley, Dimitrios Giannoulis; Max Aarons, Lukas Rupp, Billy Gilmour, Kenny McLean, Przemyslaw Placheta; Teemu Pukki, Josh Sargent.
Ralf Rangnick had a winning start to life in the United dugout by beating Crystal Palace in his first match in charge. The German altered his line-up during the week in the Champions League and will have been satisfied with a 1-1 draw against Young Boys given the age of his starters. However, he now must turn the attention back to the Premier League and a competitive race for the top four. The Red Devils cannot afford to drop further points and the pressure will be on tonight for another victory.
Norwich are bottom of the Premier League entering the contest, but are only three points adrift of safety. Dean Smith endured his first defeat as manager of the Canaries, suffering a 3-0 loss at the hands of Tottenham last time out. Norwich had built a semblance of momentum with a four-match unbeaten run before their loss to Spurs. Smith need to find that spirit again to keep his side in the survival hunt, although it will be a tough ask against a reinvigorated United.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Norwich City and Manchester United at Carrow Road.