4 vs. 0
MUN
NOR
90+4'
That's it, full time. This was a victory built by Moyes, and executed by Giggs.
90+3'
Mata slips in Javier Hernandez to leave him with a one-on-one. It's the type of chance he almost always converts, and he drags his shot just wide.
90+2'
United repel Norwich's late efforts. One minute more of this to come.
90+1'
There will be three minutes of this.
90'
Olsson's shot deflects off Jones and off the bar. The corner falls to Johnson who blasts over.
88'
Snodgrass cuts onto his right, and curls a shot just over.
87'
United are in total control.
86'
Carrick is man of the match for me. A dazzling and dynamic display.
85'
Johnson strikes a shot at goal from distance. It's well hit, but De Gea isn't troubled. Norwich have a corner.
84'
United are sitting deep, and Norwich are playing in front of them. Tettey finds Whittaker on the right, but Evra defends well then clears.
82'
Mata overruns the ball in the box, and the ball is out to Rooney, who tries his traditional chip from outside the box, and predictably it goes over. When was the last time he managed that successfully? And don't say West Ham - that was a lob.
81'
Jones shoots, and the ball is out for a throw. It was left-footed, and impressively poor. To be fair, it was actually deflected.
Norwich City Substitution
80'
 
Fer is replaced by Tettey.
79'
Elmander dances clear of all defenders on the edge of the box and wallops a shot wide.
77'
Norwich are in dire trouble.
75'
Ferdinand concedes a corner on the left. Snodgrass, with objectionable hair, crosses in and Vidic clears. United break forward. Young cuts in from the left and slices a shot wide.
73'
 
GOAL! Manchester United 4-0 Norwich. Evra stands up a cross thte back post, Valencia's first time shot ricochets towards the six yard box and Mata heads in from a yard or two.
Manchester United Goal

Header - Bottom Left

72'
Jones' cross is caught by Ruddy.
71'
 
Hernandez replaces Cleverley.
Manchester United Substitution
70'
It is rodding it down. See left for illustration.
Norwich City Substitution
69'
 
Hooper replaces Redmond.
68'
United amble forward. This game is done.
66'
Johnson sends a shot just wide of goal. On the replay, Snodgrass and Vidic have a row. Vidic presses his head into Snodgrass's and is lucky not to be booked, at the very least.
Manchester United Substitution
65'
 
Young replaces Kagawa.
Manchester United Yellow card

Man Utd

Norwich

64'
 
Evra is booked for a clumsy tackle on Snodgrass on the right wing.
63'
 
Evra sends the ball back to Rooney, who aims yet another curling shot to the top corner, but Ruddy saves well. It's back out on the right, the ball is curled in for Juan Mata by Jones, lurking in the box, and he sidefoots his shot past the keeper.
Manchester United Goal

Left Footed - Bottom Center

62'
United happy to keep the ball now.
61'
Juan Mata is dispossessed in his own half. Redmond sends a ball to the right wing, but it's straight out of play and into touch.
Manchester United Substitution
60'
 
Juan Mata will soon be introduced. Yes, here he is in place of Welbeck.
59'
Snodgrass curls in a fierce shot that is straight at De Gea who punches away. He then bravely claims the follow-up cross.
58'
Kagawa tries to be clever when he should just boot the ball away from Howson. United manage to break nonetheless, but Cleverley has the ball, and... you know. Vidic barges Snodgrass on the corner of the area.
Norwich City Substitution
57'
Snodgrass whips in a cross which is headed on at the near post for De Gea to save easily.
56'
 
Van Wolfswinkel is subbed for Elmander.
55'
Rooney tries the same shot as his second goal, with no luck.
54'
Evra's shot is deflected to Ruddy, and Welbeck's drive is saved well by Ruddy's dive to thte top corner. Vidic heads the corner over at the back post.
52'
Jones has a shot blocked in the area. Norwich comes up with Snodgrass on the right, but Evra collects his low cross and bursts forward.
51'
The ball runs to Valencia in the box but he can't bring it under control.
50'
That's that, then. Evra gives away a free kick in midfield.
48'
 
GOAL! Manchester United 2-0 Norwich City. A lovely strike from Rooney. From all his faults ,he's still got that. He cuts inside from the left, under no challenge at all. He slips as he strikes, but he curls a low shot from 25 yards into the corner of the net.
Manchester United Goal

Right Footed - Bottom Right

47'
Rooney's cross is headed away.
46'
The second half kicks off, no changes.

46 - Back underway here at Old Trafford. Come on City!! #NCFC

45+1'
Valencia finds Evra on the left. His cross is headed away, and the referee blows for half time. See you in fifteen minutes. Watch this Evra interview, it's great.
Evra Interview on Giggs as Interim Manager

Interview from Norwegian TV2 with Patrice Evra regarding Ryan Giggs as interim manager and the home game against Norwich on the 26th of April.

45'
Some quick passing breaks down once Rooney tries to pass forward.
44'
A free kick on the left wing for Norwich. Chipped into the box by Redmond, and De Gea flaps it away.
43'
A long ball forward from Norwich drifts out of play.
41'
 
GOAL! Manchester United 1-0 Norwich City. Rooney scores. An excellent penalty. A long run-up, side-footed to Ruddy's left as he dived right.
Manchester United Penalty

Right Footed - Bottom Right

40'
PENALTY! Turner, Fer and Martin all miss a loose ball that runs to Welbeck, Whittaker pulls him down, and the referee points to the spot. Rooney will take.
39'
Valencia slams in a shot from a tight angle, Ruddy palms away and Norwich clear. That is a chance, there's no question about that.
38'
Kagawa comes in side, Rooney dinks a lovely return pass over the top, but Norwich manage to clear. Jones curls a cross to the back post, but Kagawa can only turn it behind. Is that a chance? It's a highlight, relatively.
36'
Rooney is found in an offside position after a diagonal run away from goal.
35'
Jones sends a witless pass inside, and Norwich have it back. Redmond's cross from the left is straight to Valencia.
33'
Terrible stuff from United.
32'
Rooney finds Valecia with a lovely pass right to Valencia. It comes back to Cleverley who swings a leg and scuffs a shot a few feet into the air.
30'
Cleverley trips Fer in Norwich's half, and Norwich send the ball back forward. They have a rare spell of possession.
29'
 
It's a disappointingly prosaic team selection from Giggs. Howson then slides in on Carrick from behind. He should be booked, and is. He doesn't complain.
Norwich City Yellow card

Man Utd

Norwich

28'
That's all there is to say about him.
27'
Norwich are defending solidly, but aren't having any joy in their attack. They are playing like away sides used to at Old Trafford - waiting for defeat.
26'
Redmond's cross from the left, for Van Wolfswinkel, is overhead.
25'
Valencia slides the ball forward for Jones, whose cross is deflected into the air. Rooney watches it drop and volley straight inot a defender. Another cross from the right is cleared. Will they beat the 81 they managed against Fulham?
24'
Valencia has a low cross cut out. Norwich win a free kick in their own half and will use this chance to clear their lines.
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23'
Cleverley finds Evra, he pulls the ball back for Kagawa, who jinks around one challenge and then his shot from a tight angle is deflected.

18 - Great to see @Ebenno88 in with the #yellowarmy in the visitors' end singing away!

22'
A poor ball from Valencia to Welbeck, but United quickly win it back and force Turner to clear to the sidelines. United keep the ball.
21'
Rooney takes short to Kagawa, who beats Redmond on the inside but the winger pushes Kagawa off the ball fairly.
20'
Welbeck finds Evra just ahead of him on the left, and Whittaker blocks the cross for a corner. Rooney will take.
19'
Evra tries to play the ball forward in the box, and there are claims for a handball that the referee ignores. A long ball from Valencia is straight towards Ruddy.
18'
Norwich's attack breaks down, and United build from the back.
17'
Rooney finds Valencia, who plays a one-two with Welbeck but has his shot blocked. Norwich break from midfield.
16'
Norwich take a long free kick from halfway. Whittaker is closed down by Kagawa and Vidic.
15'
Welbeck slips under a challenge from van Wolfswinkel, and is lucky to get a free kick. Cleverley loses the ball.
14'
A great pass left for Evra, but his cross is headed away. It comes to Welbeck on the edge of the box, and he volleys a shot at the near post, Ruddy pushing it behind for a corner. Valencia gets in a great position outside the box, but predictably dithers.
13'
Manchester United have had 60% possession so far.
12'
A high ball to nobody from Ferdinand.
11'
Another poor pass from Rooney. I wonder if Louis van Gaal will stand for this kind of performance next season?
10'
No goals yet. Moyes out.
9'
All United's attacking has been on the right wing, but now play is switched to Evra. It's quickly back to the right, though. Kagawa loes the ball and Snodgrass breaks down the right. Van Wolfswinkel heads the cross back across goal, but the referee blows for a foul.
8'
Miguel Delaney makes a fairly reasonable point.

The Moyes appointment is going to be one of those ones people look back on in 10-15 years, "jesus, did that actually happened"...

7'
Turner clears a Valencia cross. Tactically, he should start crossing into the box rather than against a defender.
5'
Rooney takes, and it's headed away at the near post. Fer then intercepts a poor Rooney pass. In fact, you can usually assume any Rooney pass is poor and I'll tell you in the rare event it isn't.
4'
United should drop Rooney. He's done nothing so far. His shot deflects to Valencia, who then has a cross deflected out for a corner.
2'
United dominate the early stages in terms of possession, and Norwich have had few touches.
1'
The game begins, something that has not escaped the Norwich Twitter account.

1 - And the Canaries get us underway here at Old Trafford!

17:25
I'm predicting a win for Manchester United because I expect the players will be so relieved to be free of Moyes that they simply won't be able to play as badly as they have done this season. If you would like to tell me your prediction, feel free to do so at @lxndrnthrtn.
17:20
And here is some advice I gave Ryan Giggs, winner of the Champions League, about his new job.
17:15
Here is something I wrote in February, but was published when David Moyes was inevitably sacked. Make sure you come back once you're done.
Moyes given a situation he couldn't handle

Read the article on Star Sports

17:10
TEAMS: Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa; Welbeck, Rooney. Subs: Lindegaard, Smalling, Mata, Chicharito, Nani, Young, Fletcher. /// Norwich City: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Olsson, Johnson, Fer, Howson, Snodgrass, Redmond, van Wolfswinkel. Subs: Bunn, Hooper, Gutierrez, Elmander, R Bennett, Tettey, Josh Murphy.
17:05
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Ryan Giggs' first match in charge of Manchester United, where his side will play Norwich City.

Starting Line-ups

Manchester United
Norwich City
    • 1
      de Gea
    • Evra
    • Vidic
    • Ferdinand
    • 4
      Jones
    • Kagawa
    • Cleverley
    • 16
      Carrick
    • 25
      Antonio Valencia
    • Welbeck
    • 10
      Rooney
Team Manager:  Louis Van Gaal
    • 20
      van Wolfswinkel
    • Snodgrass
    • 8
      Jonny Howson
    • 22
      Redmond
    • Fer
    • 4
      Johnson
    • 2
      Whittaker
    • 5
      Martin
    • 6
      Turner
    • 23
      Martin Olsson
    • 1
      Ruddy
Team Manager:  Alex Neil
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
D. de GeaDFP
0 2 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
P. EvraDFP
0 0 0 3 7 0 2 0 1 0 0 90
P. JonesDFP
0 1 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 90
R. FerdinandDFP
0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
N. VidicDFP
0 0 0 2 19 0 3 1 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Antonio ValenciaDFP
0 1 2 62 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
M. CarrickDFP
0 0 0 94 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 90
T. CleverleyDFP
0 0 0 54 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 71
S. KagawaDFP
0 1 0 54 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 65
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
W. RooneyDFP
2 0 4 55 0 5 1 0 0 0 1 90
D. WelbeckDFP
0 0 2 29 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 60
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
J. RuddyDFP
0 7 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
R. MartinDFP
0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
S. WhittakerDFP
0 0 0 1 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
M. TurnerDFP
0 0 0 4 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
Martin OlssonDFP
0 0 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
B. JohnsonDFP
0 0 1 50 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 90
R. SnodgrassDFP
0 0 1 40 1 3 1 4 0 0 0 90
Jonny HowsonDFP
0 0 0 43 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 90
L. FerDFP
0 0 0 37 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 80
N. RedmondDFP
0 0 0 27 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 69
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
R. van WolfswinkelDFP
0 0 0 5 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 57
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