In a game where the scoreline doesn’t really accurately reflect the football on show, United ran out comfortable 4-0 winners with three of the goals being scored in the last fifteen minutes of football. Norwich made it hard for United for the most part, but they tired towards the end and we didn’t take our foot off the gas.
Shinji Kagawa opened the scoring with a scuffed volley just before the half-time break, and it has to be said that Norwich barely came out of their own half for the entirety, but if we hadn’t have scored going into the second half, the game might’ve been a completely different story.
The Japanese added his second goal with a cheeky finish which sent the keeper the wrong way, and he completed his first Manchester United hat-trick shortly after, chipping the onrushing Norwich keeper. Wayne Rooney added United’s fourth with a superb effort from 25-yards out which flew into the top corner.
David de Gea – Not an awful lot to do in this one, Norwich didn’t have a shot on target! 6/10
Chris Smalling – Played well, shut out the Norwich attack and got forward. 6/10
Nemanja Vidic – He has been ever present since his injury, leading to us conceding just 3 in our last 9 league games, lead from the back. 6/10
Jonny Evans – This was his first game in a few weeks and didn’t have an awful lot to do, he looks set to start against Madrid alongside Rio. 6/10
Patrice Evra – Constantly offered himself as an outlet out wide. 7/10
Antonio Valencia – Probably his most productive game in a while, crossed the ball in which led to Kagawa’s first goal with his left foot which is a bit of a collectors item! 7/10
Michael Carrick – What a player. He was superb again against Norwich, he won the midfield battle throughout and played some great balls forward. 7/10
Anderson – Looked like he lacked that match sharpness, he carried the ball well but his passing game was off. 6/10
Shinji Kagawa – Hat-trick hero! He was absolutely brilliant, all three goals were great in different ways, also had the second highest pass success rate (behind Carrick). Man of the Match. 9/10
Wayne Rooney – His goal was top class but his performance putting his goal aside wasn’t his best. 7/10
Robin van Persie – Has faded off over the past month, again didn’t play to his capabilities in this one. 6/10
Danny Welbeck – Worked tirelessly, looks set to start against Madrid 6/10
Tom Cleverley – Brought his passing game into the match, did well. 6/10