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  • Date:26 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:13:30
  • Venue:Carrow Road
  • Attendance:26,811
  • Holt (82)
  • Scholes (6) Scholes (6)
    Giggs (90)
Goal!

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92:39 +2.39

(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Chris Smalling coming on for Ryan Giggs.

92:10 +2.10

Rio Ferdinand receives a yellow card.

91:05 +1.05

Ashley Young delivers the ball, Ryan Giggs finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Norwich 1-2 Man Utd.Ashley Young provided the assist for the goal.

90:25 +0.25

Corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Andrew Surman.

90:19 +0.19

Luis Nani crosses the ball, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.

89:35

Phil Jones sends in a cross, save by John Ruddy.

89:13

Luis Nani delivers the ball, clearance made by Zak Whitbread.

88:59

Danny Welbeck takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.

88:51

A cross is delivered by Phil Jones, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.

87:38

Foul by Ashley Young on Kyle Naughton, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.

86:07

The ball is sent over by Ryan Giggs.

85:25

The ball is sent over by Michael Carrick, Ashley Young takes a shot. Blocked by Kyle Naughton.

84:58

Adam Drury delivers the ball, Grant Holt takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.

84:07

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

82:56

Grant Holt finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Norwich 1-1 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Zak Whitbread.

82:36

Inswinging corner taken by Andrew Surman, save by David De Gea.

82:21

Aaron Wilbraham takes a shot. David De Gea makes a save.

81:43

The ball is sent over by Elliott Bennett.

80:58

Kyle Naughton concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.

79:14

Kyle Naughton sends in a cross.

78:45

Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.

76:50

Luis Nani sends in a cross, Adam Drury manages to make a clearance.

76:08

Wesley Hoolahan sends in a cross, clearance by Ashley Young.

75:05

Elliott Ward gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.

73:39

Wesley Hoolahan crosses the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Grant Holt goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

73:31

David Fox produces a cross, Paul Scholes makes a clearance.

73:07

Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan. Kyle Naughton takes the direct free kick.

71:52

Phil Jones crosses the ball, Shot by Ryan Giggs.

70:33

Centre by Kyle Naughton.

69:37

Aaron Wilbraham is brought on as a substitute for Anthony Pilkington.

68:55

Shot from just outside the box by Wesley Hoolahan goes over the crossbar.

67:48

Ryan Giggs delivers the ball, clearance by Elliott Ward.

67:25

Elliott Bennett sends in a cross, save by David De Gea.

66:06

David Fox takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Ryan Giggs makes a clearance.

66:00

The ball is crossed by Anthony Pilkington, Phil Jones makes a clearance.

65:40

Kyle Naughton crosses the ball, clearance by Phil Jones.

64:25

Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs to the near post, save made by John Ruddy.

63:46

Danny Welbeck has a lobbed shot. Clearance by Zak Whitbread.

62:13

A cross is delivered by Anthony Pilkington.

62:02

Centre by Luis Nani.

61:06

The ball is delivered by Phil Jones, clearance by Zak Whitbread.

59:10

Centre by Anthony Pilkington, Andrew Surman takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Carrick.

58:21

Foul by Javier Hernandez on Zak Whitbread, free kick awarded. Zak Whitbread takes the direct free kick.

57:45

Bradley Johnson produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

56:49

Danny Welbeck is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.

56:40

Danny Welbeck delivers the ball, clearance made by Zak Whitbread.

56:10

The offside flag is raised against Javier Hernandez. Elliott Ward takes the free kick.

55:47

Anthony Pilkington delivers the ball, clearance by Jonathan Evans.

48:31

Close range headed effort by Andrew Surman goes wide of the left-hand post.

47:55

Jonathan Evans receives a caution. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan by Jonathan Evans. Elliott Ward takes the direct free kick.

47:34 +2.34

Header from close range by Andrew Surman misses to the right of the target.

47:23 +2.23

The ball is sent over by Anthony Pilkington, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

47:08 +2.08

Wesley Hoolahan replaces Simeon Jackson.

47:01 +2.01

Adam Drury sends in a cross, save made by David De Gea.

46:22 +1.22

Luis Nani produces a cross, save by John Ruddy.

45:33 +0.33

Grant Holt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Evans. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Evans.

45:07

Corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line played to the near post, Kyle Naughton manages to make a clearance.

40:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Grant Holt. Phil Jones restarts play with the free kick.

37:50

A cross is delivered by Kyle Naughton, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

37:15

Simeon Jackson takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Evans.

36:21

Shot from 25 yards by Andrew Surman. Phil Jones gets a block in.

35:54

Grant Holt fouled by Phil Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Drury.

33:45

The ball is sent over by Anthony Pilkington, Grant Holt takes a shot. Save made by David De Gea.

32:25

Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.

31:13

Foul by Jonathan Evans on Simeon Jackson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Fox, save by David De Gea.

29:56

The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.

28:42

Foul by Jonathan Evans on Simeon Jackson, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by David Fox from left channel, Phil Jones manages to make a clearance.

28:02

Kyle Naughton has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

27:48

Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. David De Gea makes a save.

27:28

The ball is sent over by Bradley Johnson, clearance made by Paul Scholes.

27:13

Simeon Jackson sends in a cross, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.

25:12

Bradley Johnson crosses the ball, Grant Holt has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

23:20

Andrew Surman takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

22:28

Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simeon Jackson. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Fox from right channel, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.

21:09

Anthony Pilkington sends in a cross, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.

20:35

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andrew Surman played to the near post, clearance made by Luis Nani.

19:41

Unfair challenge on Andrew Surman by Phil Jones results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by David Fox from left wing, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

18:53

Anthony Pilkington crosses the ball, clearance made by Phil Jones.

17:10

Patrice Evra fouled by Bradley Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.

15:52

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, Paul Scholes takes a shot. Elliott Ward gets a block in.

15:33

Javier Hernandez delivers the ball, Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.

14:30

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Elliott Ward.

13:48

The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, Zak Whitbread manages to make a clearance.

13:06

Foul by Grant Holt on Paul Scholes, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.

12:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Johnson on Danny Welbeck. Free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.

11:57

Simeon Jackson sends in a cross, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

11:12

Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on David Fox. John Ruddy takes the direct free kick.

9:21

Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Bradley Johnson results in a free kick. Caution for Bradley Johnson. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.

7:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simeon Jackson on Jonathan Evans. David De Gea takes the free kick.

6:30

Luis Nani delivers the ball, Paul Scholes finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Norwich 0-1 Man Utd.Assist on the goal came from Luis Nani.

5:11

Phil Jones crosses the ball, Ryan Giggs produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

5:00

The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, Adam Drury manages to make a clearance.

4:24

Centre by Phil Jones, clearance by Zak Whitbread.

0:46

Centre by Anthony Pilkington, David De Gea makes a save.

0:16

Simeon Jackson sends in a cross, David De Gea makes a save.

Match Preview

Ferguson tips Canaries for safety Manchester United head to Norwich for the first time in seven years on Sunday with Sir Alex Ferguson certain he will be planning another trip next term. Paul Lambert's men have confounded pre-season odds that had them tipped to make a quick return to the npower Championship. Having only spent one season in the second tier after scrambling out of League One, just being back amongst the elite represented a fine achievement for the Canaries. But now, with 35 points to their name and 14 matches still remaining, Ferguson is confident Norwich are already safe. "It is difficult to say who is going to go down," he said. "When you look at the bottom of the league, there are five teams from 19 to 21 points. There is not a great deal of leeway there. But 21 to 35 is a big gap and I think Norwich are okay. "They look as if they are enjoying themselves and it is always a good atmosphere at Carrow Road. They get a full house every game." Although everyone knows Oxford were the opponents for Ferguson's first game as United manager, in 1986, Norwich was the place where he secured his first point, thanks to a goalless draw seven days later. However, whilst United were beginning an admittedly long climb back to the summit of English football, Norwich's fortunes eventually declined, only for one of Ferguson's fellow Scots to turn the entire situation around. "I knew Paul Lambert as a kid at St Mirren," said the United chief. "He played under my brother Martin when he was a coach there. "He had a great career, winning a European Cup winners medal with Dortmund, then going to Celtic." Lambert cut his managerial teeth at Livingston, before moving on to Wycombe, then Colchester and now Norfolk's finest. "Norwich is a good club to go to for a young manager," said Ferguson. "The expectation is not too high. But there is a lot of enthusiasm and he is doing well." Rio Ferdinand will return to the United squad. Ferdinand was rested for the Europa League defeat to Ajax on Thursday night but Ferguson will look to the 33-year-old to bring some stability to a back four that struggled badly at Old Trafford. Leading scorer Wayne Rooney (throat) is a doubt, whilst there is also speculation that midfielder Tom Cleverley has suffered a recurrence of his ankle injury. Norwich midfielder David Fox is relishing the prospect of trying to overturn his idols when former club United visit Carrow Road. The 28-year-old spent five-and-a-half years with the Old Trafford club after leaving school, before moving on to Blackpool. Fox ended up at Norwich after a spell with Colchester and is looking forward to pitting his wits against his former club, who he lauded as the "best place to get educated" in terms of football and life. "I think Manchester United at home is one that everyone is looking for when the fixtures come out," Fox said. "Personally, that was one I was looking for and now it is here I am sure everybody is looking forward to it. "About 10 years ago I was in the youth team there and looking up to players like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, just as people like [Danny] Welbeck and [Tom] Cleveley are looking up to them now. "It is unbelievable that they are still there and going strong. "There was Giggs, Scholes, Gary Neville and Roy Keane - they are the best people to learn from. "You see how they perform, how they approach training everyday and it really is an eye-opening experience when you are a young 16 or 17-year-old to be learning from those type of players." Fox was quick to praise former manager Ferguson, who let him join Blackpool on a free transfer in January 2006. "I had six months left on my contract so I went in and spoke to him and said 'I think it is time I left'," the midfielder said. "He agreed, he looked after me and was brilliant. "A few weeks later I got a letter through the post from him thanking me for my attitude at the club and wishing me all the best for my career. "It is a letter I have still got and I am very proud that he took the time out to thank me for my efforts and wish me luck." Zak Whitbread could return to the Norwich side. The 28-year-old has recovered from a hamstring injury but his fellow defender Daniel Ayala continues to miss out. Marc Tierney (groin) and Jonny Howson (knee) are both on the comeback trail, although Canaries boss Lambert believes this game might be beyond them.

Formation:442Manager: Paul Lambert

Norwich

Formation: 442Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

  • John Ruddy
  • Kyle Naughton
  • Elliott Ward
  • Zak Whitbread
  • Adam Drury
  • Anthony Pilkington
  • Bradley Johnson
  • David Fox
  • Andrew Surman
  • Grant Holt
  • Simeon Jackson
  • SUBS
  • Jed Steer
  • Steve Morison
  • Andrew Crofts
  • Wesley Hoolahan
  • Elliott Bennett
  • Leon Barnett
  • Aaron Wilbraham

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Match Report

Giggs marks milestone with late winner Ryan Giggs marked his 900th appearance for Manchester United with a stoppage-time winner as valiant Norwich were beaten 2-1 at Carrow Road. Paul Scholes had given the visitors an early lead with a close-range header. The Canaries rallied and forced David de Gea into a string of fine saves before the United number one was finally beaten with seven minutes left when Grant Holt fired home from 12 yards. United, though, were not to be denied as they poured forwards in the closing stages and were eventually rewarded when Giggs stabbed home from close range before celebrating wildly in front of the travelling fans. Sir Alex Ferguson had recalled his regulars following their midweek defeat by Ajax in the Europa League, looking to close back up on leaders Manchester City, although England striker Wayne Rooney missed out because of a virus. The Canaries have consolidated themselves well on a first return to the top flight in the six seasons since last facing the Red Devils here, securing back-to-back promotions up from npower League One under Paul Lambert. Only three teams have won at Carrow Road in the Premier League this season, and it was another positive start by the hosts as Simeon Jackson looked to get in between centre-backs Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans. United, though, soon settled and retained possession well, and were in front on seven minutes. Nani swung the ball over from the right, and it bounced through the six-yard box to the far post, where Scholes nodded it past John Ruddy. Bradley Johnson was shown a yellow card by referee Andre Marriner for a crunching tackle on the Portuguese winger, which on another day could well have been red. On 15 minutes, it was almost 2-0 when another flowing United counter opened up the Norwich defence before Danny Welbeck's scuffed shot was touched wide at full stretch by Ruddy. Norwich finally created a meaningful chance on 28 minutes, Kyle Naughton chipped a throughball into the right side of the United penalty box. Anthony Pilkington took it in his stride with a sublime first touch before knocking his shot goalwards, with De Gea making a fine reaction save at the near post. Javier Hernandez should have done better when played clear into the Norwich penalty area, but failed to trouble Ruddy with a tame effort straight at the keeper. At the other end, De Gea was producing a top-drawer display as he plucked a glancing header from Holt out of the air after the Norwich captain turned Pilkington's right-wing cross goalwards. At the start of the second half, Giggs weaved his way into the Norwich box and tumbled under a challenge from Zak Whitbread, but play was waved on. On 57 minutes, Johnson's low, 25-yard effort floated just wide. Pilkington's looping cross fell to Andrew Surman at the far post, but his well-executed volley was blocked. Welbeck and Giggs exchanged passes to send the striker clear, and his chip floated past Ruddy, but Whitbread was alert to recover and hack clear even though the ball may have been going wide. Norwich maintained their pressure, with Bennett's cross from the right pluck out of the air by De Gea as Holt lurked in the six-yard box. Giggs was denied a goal to cap his milestone when his close-range volley cannoned off the top of the bar from Phil Jones' cross on 72 minutes. Wes Hoolahan's cross then hit Evra on the elbow as Norwich screamed for a penalty, but referee Marriner thought otherwise. Scholes gave the ball away to substitute Aaron Wilbraham 25 yards out, and the big striker strode forwards before unleashing a shot towards the top corner, which De Gea turned over at full stretch. Norwich, though, were not to be denied as the resulting corner was cleared back to Adam Drury, who launched it into the area again. Whitbread knocked the ball down to Holt, who squirmed between two markers before firing in his 10th league goal of the season on 83 minutes. Young's goalbound effort was blocked and Welbeck somehow missed a free-header from two yards. However, Giggs ensured a fairytale finish when he stabbed home in stoppage time to keep United on the tails of leaders City.

Form Guide

    WWDLWW
  • Norwich
  • VS
  • Man Utd
  • LWWWDW

Last Meetings

  • Man Utd
  • 2 - 0
  • Norwich
  • 01/10/2011
  • Norwich
  • 2 - 0
  • Man Utd
  • 09/04/2005
  • Man Utd
  • 2 - 1
  • Norwich
  • 21/08/2004
  • Norwich
  • 0 - 2
  • Man Utd
  • 22/02/1995
  • Man Utd
  • 1 - 0
  • Norwich
  • 03/12/1994
  • Man Utd
  • 2 - 2
  • Norwich
  • 04/12/1993

Top Scorers

Norwich

  • G Holt 8
  • S Morison 8
  • A Pilkington 7
  • A Surman 3
  • W Hoolahan 2
  • R Martin 2
  • S Jackson 2
  • B Johnson 2
  • L Barnett 1

Man Utd

  • W Rooney 14
  • JB Hernandez 7
  • LC Nani 6
  • D Welbeck 6
  • D Berbatov 5
  • M Carrick 2
  • J Park 2
  • A Young 2
  • AL Valencia 2
  • OL Anderson 2
  • R Giggs 1
  • P Scholes 1
  • D Fletcher 1
  • C Smalling 1
  • P Jones 1

Goals

Norwich

    • Total goals 78
    • Goals per game 37
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 8 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Man Utd

    • Total goals 102
    • Goals per game 61
  • 5 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 10 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 9 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 12 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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