Manchester United v Norwich City - Player ratings

The Norwich City players take to the pitch before the game at Old Trafford. Picture: Paul Chesterton

The Norwich City players take to the pitch before the game at Old Trafford. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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

• Norwich City:

6 Mark Bunn: Question mark over first goal. Brave stop from Robin van Persie. Denied Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck.

5 Russell Martin: Referee’s whistle spared an inquest into his close range miss. Superb early defensive block to thwart Rooney.

6 Michael Turner: Fine interventions to deny van Persie and Rooney before the interval. Was attracted to the ball for United’s second.


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6 Sebastien Bassong: Dominant in the first period until van Persie reacted quicker for opener. Slipped by Rooney for the second.

5 Javier Garrido: May feel aggrieved at his caution for a collision with Antonio Valencia. Tough assignment, but toiled away.

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6 Robert Snodgrass: Warm reception from the United fans for his Leeds’ connections. One peach of a cross cleared by Anderson.

6 Jonny Howson: Disciplined defensive screening role. Struggled when Shinji Kagawa was switched inside.

6 Bradley Johnson: Key man in the first half. Unable to check Kigawa’s late influence. Tired effort for Rooney’s long range smack.

6 Anthony Pilkington: Limited opportunity to showcase his attacking quality. Unable to stop the threat for United’s opener.

5 Wes Hoolahan: Tried to forage on scraps. No doubting his work ethic in defensive situations to offer another obstacle to overcome.

6 Grant Holt: Little change to be had out of Nemanja Vidic. Debatable foul given on Patrice Evra for Russell Martin’s chance.

Subs: Elliott Bennett (for Snodgrass) 5, Kei Kamara (for Hoolahan) 5, Luciano Becchio (for Holt) 5

• Manchester United:

6 David De Gea: Quiet shift but no trace of aerial vulnerability when City did sporadically load balls into the box.

6 Chris Smalling: Powerful athlete. May have offered greater support to Antonio Valencia.

6 Jonny Evans: Seems to be maturing into a composed central defender. Left his partner to largely deal with Grant Holt.

7 Nemanja Vidic: Controlled his personal duel with Norwich’s skipper. Excellent anticipation to cut out Russell Martin’s cross.

6 Patrice Evra: Bruising tussle with Robert Snodgrass. Age has largely dimmed his attacking prowess.

7 Antonio Valencia: Quality supply line. Picked out Robin van Persie for United’s first. Pace and muscular intent

7 Michael Carrick: Class operator now finally earning long-overdue recognition. Fine pass to trigger the second goal.

6 Anderson: Good positional sense to head clear a vicious Snodgrass cross. The ballast allowing Carrick to shine.

8 Shinji Kagawa: Composed finisher. Touch of fortune about his first but nerveless to complete his hat-trick. Flourished centrally.

8 Wayne Rooney: Turned a contest into a cruise. Two assists for Shinji Kagawa and a fantastic long range finish sealed the win.

7 Robin van Persie: Not the Dutchman at his potent best but top class movement. Key touch for United’s opener.

Subs: Danny Welbeck (for van Persie) 6, Tom Cleverley (for Anderson) 5

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