Man United vs Norwich Player Ratings

Manchester United retained their position at the top of the table with a 2-0 win over Norwich as Anderson and Danny Welbeck got on the scoresheet.

They sure look alike...

Manchester United

Anders Lindegaard - 7
His calm and collected performance will give Sir Alex Ferguson a selection headache. Dealt with the troublesome long balls from Norwich and did well in a few one-on-ones too.

Jonny Evans - 4.5
Slipped a few times and his lack of concentration gave Morison and Pilkington plenty of chances to put Norwich ahead.

Phil Jones - 8
Excellent performance to cover for his defensive partner. Jones had a few moments where his last-ditch tackles saved United from more trouble. Also provided some cutting edge when he went on his trademark barnstorming runs.

Patrice Evra - 6
Not afraid to take the ball into the Norwich half but failed to penetrate the Norwich defence. Left Morison too much space to exploit.

Antonio Valencia - 5
Looked out of place at right back defensively. Was beaten by Pilkington easily and his poor man-marking was exposed by Hoolahan's passes.

Anderson (Off 75') - 6.5
Kept on trying to break the Norwich defence but his heavy touch meant that he was easily dealt with. Displayed quick reactions to flick in the opening goal with a header.

Darren Fletcher - 6
Played in a deeper role and controlled the pace of the game from there. Put in his shift in the attack and was unlucky to have a goal-bound shot saved by Tierney.

Park Ji-Sung - 6
Couldn't find the breakthrough out wide as he was double-marked for most of the match. His one-two to set up Welbeck showed what he is capable of.

Nani (Off 61') - 5
Frustrated by the wall of Norwich defenders that rushed at him whenever he had the ball. Didn't have his usual spark of creativity and was subsequently brought off.

Wayne Rooney - 6
Probably played too much FIFA 12. Could have taken the keeper on easily a couple of times but chose to chip the ball instead. Not the best performance from him finshing wise but pulled the strings from deep as usual.

Javier Hernandez (Off 61') - 5.5
Spent most of the time in an offside position trying to catch the defence off guard but was caught offside instead. Looked a shadow of his usual speedy zippy self.

Substitutes

Ryan Giggs (On 61') - 7
United looked more potent after Giggs came on. He provided United an extra thrust with his excellent passing and set up Anderson's goal with a cross that was headed on by Rooney.

Welbeck (On 61') - 7
Showed his credentials with a well set-up goal. His speed and power gave Norwich defenders some thoughts and created space for Rooney in turn.

Ferdinand (On 77') - 6
Came on and steadied the defence with his experience.

Norwich

John Ruddy - 6
Had a quiet afternoon and did well to control the eight ‘defenders' at his disposal. Not at fault for both goals conceded.

Leon Barnett - 7
Repelled the United offence for most of the match. Stuck to the opposition strikers and closed down space efficiently.

Russell Martin - 6.5
Same as Barnett, but his concentration slipped and allowed Welbeck to score in the closing minutes.

Marc Tierney - 7
Tasked to keep Nani quiet and did just that, which is no easy task. Put his body in the way of many crosses too.

Kyle Naughton - 6
Dealt with the overlapping Evra and Park with his hardworking closing down throughout. Should be proud of his performance considering his young age.

Bradley Johnson - 7
Protected his back four well, lunging into the United attack with relish. His battling style was a great source of nuisance to Rooney and co.

David Fox (Off 75') -6
Played as a defender for most of the match, he was quiet, hardly getting a chance to play his usual passing game.

Wesley Hoolahan (Off 85') - 6.5
He provided the link to the attack with his decisive passing and was constantly bothering Fletcher and Anderson.

Anthony Pilkington - 3
If he had converted his easy chances early on, Norwich could have led 2-0 before United broke the deadlock.

Elliott Bennett (Off 75') - 5
Was isolated up front and his impact to the game was negligible.

Steve Morison - 6
Exploited Evra's overlapping runs well, but could have been more decisive in playing his teammates in earlier.

Substitutes

Andrew Crofts (On 75') - N/A

Simeon Jackson (On 75') - N/A

Chris Martin (On 84') - N/A



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