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Manchester United looked to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they hosted Norwich City on Saturday. They did so in dominant fashion, winning 4-0 against the sorrowful relegation candidates. The Red Devils dominated from the get-go and found the opener in the 28th minute when Juan Mata’s brilliant cross was put into the net by Marcus Rashford.
United turned up the heat in the second half and scored two quick-fire goals in the 52nd & 54th minute thanks to Rashford’s penalty and Anthony Martial’s sweet header to make it 3-0! Mason Greenwood came on from the bench and scored in the 76th minute to make it 4-0.
Norwich tried getting a late consolation, but the Red Devils sealed the deal to win their first game of 2020 in style. A pretty good momentum-builder before intimidating games against Wolves and Liverpool next week.
Here are the Manchester United vs Norwich ratings.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (7.5) –
Have to credit Solskjaer’s decision on playing Mata in place of the pacy Dan James, even though he hasn’t been particularly impressive in the last few months. Allowing him to dictate the tempo worked wonders as he bagged 2 assists! He’s also getting the best out of Matic now and with Maguire bac & Williams impressing, has his back-four sorted.
OGS was stern with wanting a big result today and his team gave it to him by working tirelessly & being relentless going forward. Giving Greenwood another chance to impress and watching him score was probably the cherry on top for the Norwegian.
David de Gea (6.5) –
De Gea didn’t have much to do in the first half, but saved Cantwell’s curler superbly before half-time. Dived well to his right to stop a consolation attempt in the 87th. Gets his first clean-sheet at Old Trafford since September. Deserves it as well.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (6.5)-
Wan-Bissaka’s more eager in making forward runs today. Makes a brilliant tackle before half-time to stop a devastating counter-attack. Got the better off Cantwell and was agile enough to come up with clutch challenges when needed. Not as fortunate going forward though, even though he almost got his first United goal.
Harry Maguire (7.0) –
Maguire managed to recover early from a knock and is back as captain today. Makes a strong block in the 27th minute to avoid trouble. Helped create the 4th goal, with his long-ball kicking off the move. Didn’t really have a whole lot to do, but was strong aerially and bailed his side out of trouble on a few occasions. Getting better and better with each week.
Victor Lindelof (6.5) –
The Iceman’s kept a cool head to keep danger as far away as possible. Assertive with his distribution as well. Looked a much more composed figure alongside Maguire, but made some vital challenges himself to not allow a sniff at goal for the visitors. A pretty comfortable day for Lindelof.
Brandon Williams (7.5)–
With Shaw injured, Williams is a regular now. Busy as ever throttling through the left. Blasted a shot over from outside the box early on. Earns United the penalty with a fiery run to force the foul from Krul. Then he shockingly scoops a shot over the post in the 57th to scuff a delightful move.
Made a few defensive errors, but otherwise was a warrior defensively again. His unpredictable movement tormented Norwich throughout. Another encouraging performance which proves United won’t really miss Shaw.
Fred (6.5) –
Fred’s being diligent in supplying possession onto the wings and helping United control the game. Went close to scoring in the 34th minute when his shot curled wide. The Brazilian made some important interceptions to kick-start United’s counter-attacks and wobbled the ball around pretty well. Helped by Matic’s commanding presence as well.
Andreas Pereira (6.5)-
The Brazilian’s being involved in attacks today. Bamboozled Norwich’s defence with sublime trickery in the 8th minute, but his corresponding cross was poor. Struck a shot straight at Krul before the half-hour mark. Turned up the tune after the break, waltzing into dangerous areas and putting in some inviting low crosses. Bit unlucky not to get an assist.
Nemanja Matic (7.0) –
Matic looks assertive with his assuring presence. The experienced centre-midfielder proved his class by dominating the Norwich midfielders and barely giving them any space to threaten. Made a ton of recoveries, was pretty compelling with his distribution and protected his backline with his intimidating presence. Solid outing which proves how important he still is for United.
Marcus Rashford (8.5) –
Rashford started the game sloppily but showcased delightful skill in the 9th minute to spark up Old Trafford. Produced beautiful trickery again in the 23rd, but lacking the final product. But he doesn’t miss an easy tap-in from close-range to score on his 200th game for United. Bamboozled a few defenders before powering a shot at Krul in the 32nd.
Helped earn the penalty with an incisive pass and then converted it to finally outwit Krul after missing at Carrow Road. His 14th PL goal this season. Couldn’t get his hattrick, being subbed for precautionary means before the hour-mark. Another superb showing at home.
Juan Mata (8.5) –
Mata’s playing deeper than usual trying those incisive passes. Moved into space before playing a clever pass to Martial in the 12th minute. Gets his assist with a pin-point cross from the right to make it easy for Rashford. Causing Norwich all sorts of problems with his constant drifting around. Picks out Martial superbly in the 36th with a sweet through-ball.
Gets his second assist by cleverly finding Martial for his strike. Almost got his goal in added time when his ambitious shot struck the side-netting. Played like the Mata of old, being United’s creative beacon. Now has more assists than Ozil this season.
Anthony Martial (7.0) –
Being hassled by the rugged Norwich defenders early on. Indecisiveness forced him to miss an easy chance from close in the 12th. Botched another clear scoring chance in the 36th, being dispossessed in a one-v-one situation. Working harder today, winning back possession multiple times.
Improved in the second half and redeems his botches with a sublime header into the corner. Good to see he can score headers. A pretty lively performance overall even though he did frustrate on occasions.
Daniel James (6.0) –
A live wire down the left since coming on and almost created a goal in the 78th with an inviting cross.
Mason Greenwood (7.0) –
Came on in a more central role and doesn’t waste his chance to impress. Another sublime low drive to score United’s fourth. He’s turning into such an important player. Another emphatic showing from the bench.
Angel Gomes (N/R) –
Almost got an assist late on when his inviting long-ball to Mata saw the Spaniard hit the side-netting.
Even though Rashford was excellent with his brace, I gotta give this to Mata. This was his best performance this season and exactly what United need from him! Two sweet assists and the way he controlled the game & created chances turned back the years.