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Norwich City v Manchester United: Player ratings

The Norwich City defence stand firm near the end of the game. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

The Norwich City defence stand firm near the end of the game. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

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Player ratings for both Norwich City and Manchester United following their Premier League clash.

• Norwich City

8 John Ruddy: No better day to showcase his skills in front of Roy Hodgson. Ashley Young save, first half, the pick of the pile.

8 Steven Whittaker: Fantastic awareness when United probed. Looks like he has operated in Norwich’s backline for years.

8 Michael Turner: Brave, bold, fearless. Qualities Norwich needed in abundance. Now a key cog in the machine.

8 Sebastien Bassong: Came to the fore in the closing stages when United pressed. Deserved his late reprieve from John Ruddy.

8 Javier Garrido: Sublime cross got the treatment it warranted. Nullified Antonio Valencia.

7 Alex Tettey: Intriguing battle within a battle facing Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs. Turbo-charged display.

7 Bradley Johnson: Stuck rigidly to the gameplan. Shielded Norwich’s backline to help deny United space.

8 Robert Snodgrass: Ran himself to a standstill. Literally. Triggered those all-important attacking thrusts in the opening quarter as well.

7 Wes Hoolahan: The glue that binds the system together. Intelligent use of space and his usual sublime movement.

8 Anthony Pilkington: Superb header against the club he spent time with as a youngster. Extra-special.

7 Grant Holt: Kept United’s centre backs honest all day. A shift for the team rather than for any personal glory.

Subs: Steve Morison (for Holt) 7, Jonny Howson (for Hoolahan) 5, Elliott Bennett (for Snodgrass) 5

• Manchester United

6 Anders Lindegaard: No blamed attached from Anthony Pilkington’s floating match-winner. Competent.

5 Rafael: Got little or no support from Antonio Valencia. overloaded down his flank for the all-important goal.

6 Chris Smalling: Superb piece of covering to foil Grant Holt. Done by Pilkington’s movement for the goal on the hour mark.

6 Rio Ferdinand: Looked uncomfortable when pulled wide at times. Sloppy in possession for someone of his undoubted class.

5 Patrice Evra: No longer the force of old. Robert Snodgrass was too cute for him on the day.

5 Antonio Valencia: Anonymous. Tribute to the work of Javier Garrido and Pilkington.

6 Michael Carrick: Neat and tidy as you would expect, but United’s midfield lacked any real dynamism prior to Anderson’s entrance.

6 Ryan Giggs: Fantastic vision to pick out Robin van Persie in the first half. His influence waned as the game elapsed

6 Ashley Young: Tested John Ruddy twice in the opening period. Prodigious talent, but United needed more on the day.

6 Javier Hernandez: Used up his goal allowance at Villa Park. Little change had out of Norwich’s defensive line.

6 Robin van Persie: Two fresh air swingers on his right. Must be a contender for his worst performance in an United shirt so far.

Subs: Danny Welbeck (for Hernandez) 6, Paul Scholes (for Valencia) 6, Anderson (for Ferdinand) 6


  • and how do they give giggs and carrick 6 each. for large parts of the game i forgot they were playing. 4 each is being generous.

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    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Are the EDP aware that players can be rated out of ten? I don't think I have ever seen higher than an 8 given. Little Norwich City have just beaten multi-European champions Man Utd!!! Silenced two of Europes best strikers and kept an incredible clean sheet - yet the best score you've awarded is an 8? Ruddy for one - should have had a TEN, Turner, Pilkington and Hoolahan should have been up there, points wise too.

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    Lewis Esquire

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • As I had one nil at eleven to one can't agree about Jonny!

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    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Trouble is Paddy & his mates haven`t done decimal yet. 2 X table =8. A leg-end.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Ruddy was blatantly 9 at least - made all the crucial saves when needed and completely owned his box. Even got injured to boot. How can that be only 8? What planet are you on exactly? Keeper gets a clean sheet against Man Utd in front of the England manager and millions of viewers due to being televised and has one of his best performances only to get

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    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Moro`s cameo was promising - pity Jonny couldn`t take that chance, would`ve saved a few fingernails!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • I had a massive double based on 2-0 Doc. Now I`m still poor!! ;-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 19, 2012

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