Sunday February 26, 2012 Day 26 Finished Carrow Road

Norwich City 1 - 2 Manchester United

  • Holt 84’
  • Scholes 7’
  • Giggs 90’

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  1. Giggs nicks late winner for United

    Giggs nicks late winner for United

    Ryan Giggs marked his 900th game for Manchester United with a 92nd-minute winner in a 2-1 triumph against Norwich at Carrow Road. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Norwich City
    • Manchester United
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' There's the final whistle, and Manchester United maintain their title challenge with a dramatic win! Norwich hard-done-by, but United have done this a few times before...
    • 90+3' MAN UTD: Chris Smalling replaces Ryan Giggs. Standing O from the visiting fans.
    • 90+3' It's yet another Manchester United late show, and it's the man making his 900th appearance for the club. Incredible. You have to feel for Norwich.
    • 90+2' GOAL! RYAN GIGGS FOR MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Young delivers an inswinging cross from the right and Giggs arrives at the back post to poke the ball past Ruddy! Amazing!
    • 90+1' Nani crosses superbly from the right and Ward gets to it first - he puts the ball behind for a corner when it would have been so easy to put the ball into his own net.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 90' Jones crosses from the right, but it is too close to Ruddy who makes a good save.
    • 89' Giggs lifts the ball through to Welbeck who finds himself in acres of space inside the box, but Ruddy makes himself big and saves with his feet!
    • 88' Great tackle by Whitbread to dispossess Jones at the edge of the box... but the danger is still there.
    • 87' WHAT A MISS!! Giggs clips a cross towards Welbeck at the edge of the six-yard box. The striker leaps majestically but fails to make contact with his header! That was an easy chance...
    • 87' United break, and it is squared to Welbeck at the edge of the box - his shot is blocked, possibly by his prone team-mate Ashley Young.
    • 86' Holt gathers with his back to goal and tries an outrageous flick over his own shoulder. No power on it, and De Gea catches.
    • 85' That's a cracking goal from Grant Holt. De Gea is finally beaten, and Manchester United can have no complaints.
    • 84' GOAL!! GRANT HOLT EQUALISES! It's no more than Norwich deserve! He controls Whitbread's knockdown perfectly, turns and fires a left-foot shot into the top corner!
    • 83' De Gea saves from Wilbraham! The substitute fires a 25-yard blast, and the goalkeeper turns it behind with an acrobatic diving stop!
    • 81' Into the last 10 minutes. Have Norwich got one last big effort in them, to gain a deserved point from this match?
    • 80' Welbeck tries a speculative long shot, but Ruddy catches with minimal fuss.
    • 79' Jones stumbles over and Wilbraham falls over him. He treads on the United player, but it's accidental.
    • 78' Jones takes an age over a throw, much to the annoyance of the Norwich fans. Eventually he gets it away and Norwich immediately win it back.
    • 76' ...and Norwich have another penalty appeal turned down. They thought Evra handballed. Andre Marriner did not.
    • 76' Scholes tries to find Young on the left but his pass is cut out and Norwich break...
    • 75' Some slack marking in the United box allows a free-ish header for Holt, but he sends it high over the bar.
    • 74' Norwich want a penalty for a supposed infringement by Scholes, but it would have been very soft.
    • 73' Giggs is almost found in the box again, but it just skips bweyond the Welshman.
    • 72' OFF THE BAR!! Jones crosses from the right, Giggs guides a cushioned volley goalwards, but it clangs back off the woodwork. Good effort.
    • 70' And here is the change: Aaron Wilbraham replaces Anthony Pilkington. A surprise, given Pilkington's fine supply of crosses.
    • 69' Paul Lambert is preparing another change - Norwich have just gone a little flat.
    • 68' Giggs crosses from the United left, but Ward is there to clear.
    • 67' Strong from De Gea again, who makes a diving catch from Naughton's cross. He's having a fine game.
    • 65' It's all going off at the Emirates Stadium - check out the latest happenings. Arsenal v Tottenham: LIVE
    • 64' Whitbread clears off the line for Norwich! Welbeck lifts the ball over Ruddy out on the left, and as the ball bounces towards goal the Norwich defender races back to hook it away to safety!
    • 64' UNITED SUB: Ashley Young on for Javier Hernandez. NORWICH SUB: Elliott Bennett on for Bradley Johnson.
    • 63' Pilkington switches onto his left foot and crosses from the right... it's a poor delivery this time, intended for Holt but over the striker's head.
    • 62' Jones crosses from the right, but Whitbread rises high to head clear.
    • 61' Welbeck rides two challenges and stabs the ball wide before getting taken out - the ball goes out for a throw and United want the ref to bring play back for a foul on Welbeck. But Mr Marriner says 'no dice'.
    • 60' Pilkington crosses deep from the right for Surman, whose left-foot volley is blocked by Carrick.
    • 59' Wow, that was unnerving - as Paul Lambert shouts instructions from the bench, a wide-eyed staring man sits perfectly still behind him, looking for all the world like a waxwork.
    • 57' Bradley Johnson strikes a low, left-footed shot from long range, but drags it wide to the right of De Gea's goal.
    • 56' This has been a very impressive performance from Paul Lambert's men, who are just missing that cutting edge at the moment.
    • 55' Great work by Pilkington down the right - he cuts inside and has men calling for the ball, but the cross is really poor and Evans clears! A chance goes begging for Norwich!
    • 53' Giggs controls at the edge of the box and darts towards goal... but he is denied by an excellent, uncompromising sliding tackle!
    • 52' United eventually give the ball away when Naughton dispossesses Welbeck on the Norwich right.
    • 51' United play the ball among themselves. Patient build-up here.
    • 49' Yellow card Jonny Evans for climbing all over Hoolahan then hacking him down.
    • 48' Early corner for United on the right.. cleared but only as far as Nani whose second ball in is also cut out.
    • 47' Some half-time thoughts by you lot on Twitter - @DaveAzzopardi: "scholes is certainly still able to perform!" @BS_r0ck0ut: "Second half substitution for man utd, Ryan Giggs' ziamframe on for Hernandez - he needs it to get about!!!" @Little_AIG: "United played awful after the first 20 minutes and are lucky to be ahead if it wasn't for some good saves from David De Gea." Get in touch!
    • 46' United kick off the second half, playing from left to right as we see it.
    • 46' Half-time change: Wes Hoolahan on for Simeon Jackson.
    • - In the meantime, feel free to tweet me your thoughts - @alexchick81. Tweet me!
    • 45' That's half-time, and United might count themselves a little lucky to be leading. But lead they do. I'll be back in a few minutes.
    • 45+2' Cracking cross frmo the left by Surman, and De Gea claims it well with Holt lurking. Really good first half for the United keeper.
    • 45+1' The pace has slowed and it looks much like both teams will be happy to get into half-time with the status quo intact.
    • 45' Two minutes of added time will be played.
    • 44' United pass the ball around at the back... they will be quite happy to hear the half-time whistle, I think.
    • 43' Welbeck tries to skin Drury down the right, but the Norwich man gets the better of him and the home side have a throw.
    • 42' Jones prepares to take a throw on the right side, but he is missing a football. It takes forever to source one, for some reason.
    • 40' Nan beats Drury, who sticks a late boot in on the winger. Possibly fortunate not to get booked.
    • 39' Jackson attempts a shot from the edge of the box, which is blocked by Jonny Evans.
    • 38' Norwich want a penalty after Scholes controls the ball inside his own box. The home side say it was handball... didn't look like it to me, but I'd like to see a replay.
    • 36' Jones is well forward down the right, but referee Marriner adjudges that he fouled Holt. Drury pings a free-kick clear from inside the Norwich half.
    • 35' There's been another goal at the Emirates Stadium, this time from the penalty spot. Which way has it gone?
    • 34' HOLT!! Pilkington switches onto his left foot and crosses from the right, and the striker's glanced header is pushed away by De Gea! Norwich creating some really good openings here.
    • 33' Hernandez and Welbeck combine again! The Mexican plays a give-and-go, receives the return pass and cannot get any power on his side-footed shot, which Ruddy saves with relative ease. Lovely move and a real chance - Hernandez should have done better.
    • 32' De Gea makes another good catch from a high, hanging set piece. Every team likes to test him in the air, but he is doing a good job so far today.
    • 31' On a sunny, spring-like day at Carrow Road, it has been an even first half-hour. United lead on the scoreboard, of course, thanks to that early Scholes header, but Norwich have been more than handy.
    • 30' For what it's worth, United lead the possession battle 54%-46%.
    • 29' Naughton follows up with a long range shot that De Gea watches skim a yard over.
    • 28' Great save De Gea! Naughton chips a ball inside from the right and Pilkington's low save is repelled by the feet of De Gea. Cracking stop from the Spaniard, and a good spell for Norwich.
    • 26' A good spell of Norwich possession culminates with a cross from the left towards Holt, who loses Ferdinand but cannot direct his header on target.
    • 25' Evra has gone down after getting whack in the mush from Elliott Ward. He'll survive...
    • 24' Instead the ball is stood up into the United box, and the visitors head it unconvincingly away. Surman then follows up with a low blast that scoots wide.
    • 23' Norwich win a free-kick, right of centre, 30 yards out. Fox looks favourite to hit it.
    • 22' Imaginative ball over the top from Carrick to Giggs, who does not quite anticipate the pass and cannot catch it. It has not been noticed by some (Stuart Pearce?) but Carrick is in exceptional form at the moment.
    • 21' Surman's corner is headed away at the near post by Nani.
    • 20' It is swirled into the box, where bodies fly everywhere and Norwich scream for a penalty. They'll have to make do with a corner.
    • 19' The goal aside, Norwich are making a decent fist of this so far. And a Jones foul gives them a free-kick deep inside United territory.
    • 18' Evra in to the feet of Giggs, who attempts a looping ball through to Hernandez, but it is cut out.
    • 17' Hernandez supplied Welbeck for that chance, and with Wayne Rooney sidelined this is a great chance for those two to develop a partnership up front.
    • 16' GREAT SAVE RUDDY!! Welbeck hits a low first-time shot from the edge of the box, and the Norwich keeper dives full-stretch to his right to push it away! Cracking stop by a player many think should be in the England squad.
    • 15' Jackson is barrelled over in midfield by a typical Scholesy special, and amazingly referee Marriner waves play on...
    • 14' It occurs to me I forgot to tell you who's refereeing today's game. Andre Marriner. That's who.
    • 13' Johnson penalised for another foul, this time a push on Welbeck.
    • 12' Nani loses possession to Fox, then fouls the Norwich man as he attempts to get the ball back.
    • 11' There's also a North London derby happening, and we already have a goal in the game between Arsenal and Tottenham. Who's got it?
    • 10' Yellow card Bradley Johnson, who flies in on Nani. He can't really complain. Nani limps off but he'll be OK.
    • 9' Knocked long towards Holt inside the United box, but Evans meets it with a simple defensive header.
    • 8' That was pretty poor defending from a Norwich defence that has performed manfully this season. The ball should not have been allowed to bounce, nor should Scholes have been unmarked.
    • 7' GOAL! PAUL SCHOLES! A free header in the six yard box for the veteran! Nani crosses from just outside the right corner of the box, it bounces once and comes perfectly for the midfielder who finishes easily.
    • 6' Phil Jones is one of five United players in the England squad, along with Chris Smalling, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney.
    • 5' Jones whips in a cross to the right - Giggs leaps to meet it with a flying volley, but can only flick the ball wide. Good delivery from Jones, though.
    • 4' Norwich have been great at home this season, winning five, drawing four and losing three of their 12 games. United have lost just one of 12 on their travels.
    • 3' Nani tries a through-ball to Giggs, who is shepherded by Whitbread and cannot find Nani with his attempted return pass.
    • 3' Both teams are in their full 'home kit' today - including black socks for United. De Gea normally wears yellow, but against Norwich that is an obvious no-no.
    • 2' Bradley Johnson stands up a cross from the right, and again De Gea makes a decent catch. Confident start from the Spaniard.
    • 1' Game on! Norwich kick off, playing from left to right as we see it. Simeon Jackson gets an early cross in and De Gea, wearing a green top, catches.
    • 13:29 The teams are out! Javier Hernandez kneels at halfway and gives his usual prayer.
    • 13:25 This from Infostrada: Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 13 PL matches against promoted club, since a 1-0 defeat at Burnley in August 2009. In total they have only ever lost 11 of 117 PL matches against promoted clubs in the PL era. If they lose today it will be the first time they have ever lost to the same promoted club more than once.
    • 13:20 We have a winner! Rateb Tazkarji (@ratebkj) correctly tweets the goalscorers from that match in 2005 were Dean Ashton and Leon McKenzie.
    • 13:15 OK, quiz time: Norwich won 2-0 the last time the teams played in the Premier League at Carrow Road in April 2005. Who were the scorers? Tweet me the answer!
    • 13:10 In Tom Cleverley news, the estimable @camillemainz points out that the man himslf has just said it is NOT a recurrence of an old injury, but a new knock on the other foot. Here's Cleverley on Twitter: "Gutted I can't play but I won't be out for long and the knock is the opposite foot iv had recent problems with!" Spotter's badge to Camille...
    • 13:05 My name's Alex Chick, and I've got a busy afternoon double bill ahead. After this match, I'm doing the Carling Cup final. In lieu of taking two minutes to relieve myself, I will also be taking to Twitter -so feel free to get in touch with me - @alexchick81 Tweet me!
    • 13:00 So, while Ryan Giggs hits yet another milestone, Wayne Rooney misses out with a sore throat while Tom Cleverley is absent following a recurrence of his ankle injury. Zak Whitbread is fit for Norwich after recovering from a hamstring injury.
    • 12:55 Stat du jour from Opta Joe: "900 - Ryan Giggs makes his 900th appearance for Man Utd, 7,666 days after his debut for the club in March 1991. Trim."
    • 12:50 NORWICH: Ruddy, Drury, Johnson, Whitbread, Holt (C), Jackson, Surman, Pilkington, Fox, Ward, Naughton... Subs: Steer, Morison, Crofts, Hoolahan, Bennett, Barnett, Wilbraham. /// MAN UTD: De Gea, Evra, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Welbeck, Hernandez... Subs: Amos, Berbatov, Smalling, Park, Young, Fabio, Rafael.
    • 12:45 Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Premier League match between Norwich City and Manchester United from Carrow Road!
  • Summary

    • 90+2' GOAL! RYAN GIGGS FOR MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Young delivers an inswinging cross from the right and Giggs arrives at the back post to poke the ball past Ruddy! Amazing!
    • 89' Giggs lifts the ball through to Welbeck who finds himself in acres of space inside the box, but Ruddy makes himself big and saves with his feet!
    • 87' WHAT A MISS!! Giggs clips a cross towards Welbeck at the edge of the six-yard box. The striker leaps majestically but fails to make contact with his header! That was an easy chance...
    • 84' GOAL!! GRANT HOLT EQUALISES! It's no more than Norwich deserve! He controls Whitbread's knockdown perfectly, turns and fires a left-foot shot into the top corner!
    • 83' De Gea saves from Wilbraham! The substitute fires a 25-yard blast, and the goalkeeper turns it behind with an acrobatic diving stop!
    • 72' OFF THE BAR!! Jones crosses from the right, Giggs guides a cushioned volley goalwards, but it clangs back off the woodwork. Good effort.
    • 64' Whitbread clears off the line for Norwich! Welbeck lifts the ball over Ruddy out on the left, and as the ball bounces towards goal the Norwich defender races back to hook it away to safety!
    • 34' HOLT!! Pilkington switches onto his left foot and crosses from the right, and the striker's glanced header is pushed away by De Gea! Norwich creating some really good openings here.
    • 33' Hernandez and Welbeck combine again! The Mexican plays a give-and-go, receives the return pass and cannot get any power on his side-footed shot, which Ruddy saves with relative ease. Lovely move and a real chance - Hernandez should have done better.
    • 28' Great save De Gea! Naughton chips a ball inside from the right and Pilkington's low save is repelled by the feet of De Gea. Cracking stop from the Spaniard, and a good spell for Norwich.
    • 16' GREAT SAVE RUDDY!! Welbeck hits a low first-time shot from the edge of the box, and the Norwich keeper dives full-stretch to his right to push it away! Cracking stop by a player many think should be in the England squad.
    • 7' GOAL! PAUL SCHOLES! A free header in the six yard box for the veteran! Nani crosses from just outside the right corner of the box, it bounces once and comes perfectly for the midfielder who finishes easily.
    • 13:15 OK, quiz time: Norwich won 2-0 the last time the teams played in the Premier League at Carrow Road in April 2005. Who were the scorers? Tweet me the answer!
    • 12:50 NORWICH: Ruddy, Drury, Johnson, Whitbread, Holt (C), Jackson, Surman, Pilkington, Fox, Ward, Naughton... Subs: Steer, Morison, Crofts, Hoolahan, Bennett, Barnett, Wilbraham. /// MAN UTD: De Gea, Evra, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Welbeck, Hernandez... Subs: Amos, Berbatov, Smalling, Park, Young, Fabio, Rafael.

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