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  • Date:01 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Old Trafford
  • Attendance:75,514
  • Anderson (67) Welbeck (86)
    Welbeck (86)
Goal!

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91:19 +1.19

Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

89:43

Phil Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Tierney. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Anthony Pilkington, clearance made by Wayne Rooney.

88:00

Shot from just outside the box by Simeon Jackson misses to the right of the target.

86:40

Ji-Sung Park produces a cross, A goal is scored by Danny Welbeck from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 Norwich.Assist by Ji-Sung Park.

85:53

The ball is crossed by Danny Welbeck, save made by John Ruddy.

85:36

Centre by Marc Tierney.

83:58

Steve Morison takes a shot. Rio Ferdinand gets a block in. Chris Martin on for Wesley Hoolahan. Anthony Pilkington takes the inswinging corner, Header from close range by Leon Barnett clears the bar.

82:28

Andrew Crofts takes a shot. Anders Lindegaard makes a save.

81:48

Effort from 30 yards by Wayne Rooney. Save by John Ruddy.

81:07

Ji-Sung Park gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan. Bradley Johnson takes the direct free kick.

80:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Crofts by Ryan Giggs. Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.

79:26

Shot by Wayne Rooney from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

78:41

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.

77:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Welbeck on Bradley Johnson. Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.

76:48

The ball is sent over by Phil Jones.

75:37

Rio Ferdinand is brought on as a substitute for Oliveira Anderson.

74:04

Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Blocked by Oliveira Anderson.

73:51

Kyle Naughton produces a cross, clearance made by Phil Jones.

73:11

Simeon Jackson is brought on as a substitute for David Fox. Andrew Crofts comes on in place of Elliott Bennett.

71:23

David Fox takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Ryan Giggs.

70:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Tierney by Danny Welbeck. Danny Welbeck is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.

70:12

Darren Fletcher sends in a cross, clearance made by Leon Barnett.

67:22

Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner. Oliveira Anderson scores a headed goal from close range. Man Utd 1-0 Norwich.Wayne Rooney provided the assist for the goal.

67:10

A cross is delivered by Ryan Giggs, blocked by Bradley Johnson.

66:16

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Bradley Johnson gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Oliveira Anderson, Russell Martin manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line, clearance made by Leon Barnett.

66:09

Ryan Giggs produces a cross, Russell Martin manages to make a clearance.

64:58

Effort from the edge of the box by Anthony Pilkington goes wide of the right-hand upright.

63:34

Ryan Giggs replaces Luis Nani. Javier Hernandez leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Welbeck.

62:54

Patrice Evra produces a cross, blocked by David Fox.

62:03

Effort on goal by Wesley Hoolahan from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

61:02

Leon Barnett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney. Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.

59:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson by Jonathan Evans. John Ruddy takes the direct free kick.

58:43

Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Russell Martin gets a block in. Pass corner from left by-line crossed in by Luis Nani.

56:45

Wesley Hoolahan fouled by Luis Nani, the ref awards a free kick. John Ruddy takes the free kick.

54:59

Handball by Patrice Evra. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.

53:22

Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Evans. Javier Hernandez produces a cross, Kyle Naughton makes a clearance. Corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line played to the near post, Russell Martin manages to make a clearance.

52:45

A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, blocked by Marc Tierney.

51:45

Javier Hernandez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. John Ruddy takes the free kick.

49:31

Effort from just outside the area by Wayne Rooney goes over the bar.

49:22

Javier Hernandez delivers the ball, Marc Tierney manages to make a clearance.

48:35

Oliveira Anderson has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

47:45

The ball is crossed by Antonio Valencia, clearance by Elliott Bennett. Oliveira Anderson decides to take the corner short.

46:57

Patrice Evra delivers the ball, John Ruddy manages to make a clearance.

46:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Evans by Steve Morison. Jonathan Evans takes the free kick.

44:49

Shot from just outside the area by Luis Nani misses to the left of the target.

44:38

Centre by Oliveira Anderson, clearance by Russell Martin.

43:16

The offside flag is raised against Javier Hernandez. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.

41:33

Antonio Valencia produces a cross.

39:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Johnson on Luis Nani. Direct free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.

38:15

Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

34:33

The ball is delivered by Patrice Evra, blocked by Kyle Naughton. Inswinging corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line, Wayne Rooney has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.

34:13

A cross is delivered by Ji-Sung Park, Russell Martin manages to make a clearance.

33:43

Shot by Anthony Pilkington from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

33:07

Wesley Hoolahan fouled by Antonio Valencia, the ref awards a free kick. John Ruddy takes the free kick.

32:46

Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Kyle Naughton manages to make a clearance.

32:08

Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Leon Barnett gets a block in. Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

23:41

The ball is swung over by Patrice Evra, Russell Martin makes a clearance.

22:34

Javier Hernandez is caught offside. Free kick taken by John Ruddy. Foul by Steve Morison on Patrice Evra, free kick awarded. Anders Lindegaard takes the free kick.

20:12

The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, save by John Ruddy.

19:20

Ji-Sung Park crosses the ball, clearance made by Leon Barnett.

18:07

Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jones.

17:09

Kyle Naughton sends in a cross, clearance made by Phil Jones.

16:07

Effort from the edge of the area by Steve Morison goes wide of the right-hand post.

14:21

Centre by Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Blocked by Marc Tierney.

12:34

Foul by Steve Morison on Antonio Valencia, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Antonio Valencia.

11:51

Unfair challenge on Marc Tierney by Antonio Valencia results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marc Tierney.

11:21

The ball is sent over by Wayne Rooney, Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. David Fox gets a block in.

10:43

Centre by Luis Nani, Kyle Naughton manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, clearance by Bradley Johnson.

9:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Johnson on Luis Nani. Darren Fletcher takes the direct free kick. Luis Nani has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the target.

8:38

Wesley Hoolahan produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

4:24

Short corner worked by David Fox. Bradley Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Anders Lindegaard.

3:27

A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, blocked by Marc Tierney.

2:35

Marc Tierney crosses the ball. Steve Morison is ruled offside. Anders Lindegaard takes the free kick.

2:05

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a comfortable save.

Match Preview

Trio return for United Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Jonny Evans will all be back from injury for Manchester United when Norwich visit. Chris Smalling (groin), Nemanja Vidic (ankle) and Tom Cleverly (foot) are still missing but could return after the international break. Paul Lambert maintains Norwich have to aim to upset United at Old Trafford, but knows any game plan can soon be "blown out of the water" by the champions. The Canaries manager took in United's midweek Champions League clash against Basle, when the hosts threw away a 2-0 half-time lead and only scraped a draw with a last-minute goal from Ashley Young. Despite United's less-than-impressive defensive display, Lambert knows full well the magnitude of the challenge which awaits his promoted side with strike duo Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez set to comeback into the Red Devils' attack. "Some teams are beaten before they even go there, but I will have my own way to deal with that," Lambert said. "We have to go there with a belief, because if you don't you can get turned over. "Hopefully you will have a game plan which will try to hurt them, but that can be blown out of the water within minutes. "You have got to respect what you are up against, you cannot go gung-ho because they will pick you off all over the place. You have got to play with your brain a bit and hopefully that is what we will do." Norwich will be without striker James Vaughan as he is set to be out for up to four months with a knee injury. Centre-back Zak Whitbread is still recovering from his hamstring problem, while on-loan United defender Ritchie de Laet is unavailable against his parent club. Defenders Elliott Ward and Dani Ayala (both knee) remain out, while young forward Oli Johnson is set for a spell on the sidelines after ankle surgery.

Formation:442Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

Formation: 433Manager: Paul Lambert

Norwich

  • Anders Lindegaard
  • Antonio Valencia
  • Phil Jones
  • Jonathan Evans
  • Patrice Evra
  • Ji-Sung Park
  • Darren Fletcher
  • Oliveira Anderson
  • Luis Nani
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Javier Hernandez
  • SUBS
  • David De Gea
  • Rio Ferdinand
  • Michael Owen
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • Ryan Giggs
  • Michael Carrick
  • Danny Welbeck

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Match Report

United edge past Canaries Manchester United completed a club record 19th successive home league win - but few have been as unconvincing as the 2-0 triumph over plucky Norwich. The visitors carved out virtually all the best chances, with Anthony Pilkington hitting a post and rolling a shot wide after finding himself clean through. Norwich were made to pay when Anderson powered home a close-range header midway through the second period before Danny Welbeck scored his third goal in a week, sliding in to finish off Park Ji-sung's cut-back. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson spent a good proportion of the build-up extolling the virtues of his Norwich counterpart Paul Lambert, and explaining why Scots are such a significant presence in the top flight. Attention to detail clearly plays a huge part and Lambert had done his homework. Norwich did attack when they could and they were the better team for the first 20 minutes, although their best work was done around their own penalty area - and it did not involve the ball. Correctly assuming their opponents would dominate possession for long spells, the Canaries remained rock-solid in retaining two banks of four, which United found impossible to penetrate. Returning striker Wayne Rooney unleashed a long-range effort, which Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy dealt with easily and Marc Tierney was on hand to clear a near-post flick by Darren Fletcher from Nani's corner. Other than that, the hosts were repeatedly frustrated, the unexplained absence of Ashley Young denying them a slippery customer on both flanks on a day when Nani was not at his best. Certainly Norwich would not have expected to reach the interval in such comfort, the entertainment value so low that watching comedian - and Canaries supporter - Stephen Fry seemed to nod off in the directors' box. Fry would have had plenty to cheer about if Elliott Bennett had been able to pick out Steve Morison after surging to the byline, the Norwich striker would have had a tap-in. Instead, Bennett drilled his cross straight at Phil Jones and the hosts breathed a sigh of relief. United survived two more gilt-edged Norwich chances immediately after the break too. Jones has already caught the eye this season but the 19-year-old needed to show maturity way beyond his years after Morison had given Evans the slip. Knowing Pilkington was completely on his own behind him, the teenager held his ground, denying an early cross, before lunging in on Morison and coming away with the ball. It was a textbook piece of defending, and a further evidence of why Ferguson felt so comfortable leaving Rio Ferdinand on the bench. A minute later though, Jones was beaten by Pilkington, who stepped inside the former Blackburn man only for his shot to strike Evans, allowing goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard to make the save. Wes Hoolahan was not that far away with a dipping long-range effort as Norwich, who had scored in 11 of their last 12 away games, pushed forward with relish. United's good fortunate was seemingly inexhaustible. When Pilkington seized on Antonio Valencia's miscontrol, the striker was left with only Lindegaard to beat. He steadied himself, just as Lambert would have wished, but amazingly rolled his shot wide of the far post, to the disbelief of the visiting contingent at that end of the ground. Having passed up so many chances, Norwich must have feared what was about to follow. Substitute Ryan Giggs floated over a corner, which was met by Jones and flicked on by Rooney, to Anderson, who powered home a header from close range. Still, Norwich refused to let their heads drop and came agonisingly close to a leveller as Pilkington's shot deflected off Anderson, onto the post and back into the grateful arms of Lindegaard, who had been helpless. Danny Welbeck then slid in but failed by inches to touch home Jones' cross. Norwich continued to threaten but after Morison's goalbound effort was turned away by Ferdinand, Welbeck sealed the win with his third goal in a week before Rooney chipped narrowly over.

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