- Norwich vs Man Utd

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Saturday 28 December 2013 | Carrow Road | Referee: Phil Dowd | Attendance 26,851

0 - 1
Man Utd
  • Danny Welbeck (57)
Man Utd

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Substitute Danny Welbeck scored the only goal to help Manchester United secure a 1-0 win over Norwich City.

Having replaced Ryan Giggs at half-time, the striker made an almost immediate impact, scoring his fifth goal of the campaign in the Barclays Premier League to move United into sixth place in the table.

Norwich had dominated the opening half but could not convert a host of chances to take the lead, and their missed chances came back to haunt them as United clicked into gear after the break.

Welbeck had some luck in the build-up to the goal, as the ball bounced off Javier Hernandez into his path, but he showed great composure to open the scoring from there.

The introduction of Ricky van Wolfswinkel failed to have a similar effect for the hosts, who slipped to a fourth home league defeat of the season.

Chris Hughton made three changes to the side beaten by Fulham with Russell Martin, Ryan Bennett and Wes Hoolahan coming in for Steven Whittaker, Johan Elmander and the suspended Michael Turner.

With Wayne Rooney ruled out until New Year's Day with a groin strain, David Moyes recalled Shinji Kagawa, returning as one of five changes made as they went in search of a fourth consecutive win in the Barclays Premier League.

After a cagey start, the first chance of the game came in the 17th minute as Martin was released by Robert Snodgrass inside the penalty area and his shot was palmed into the path of Hoolahan by David De Gea, but he failed to take advantage of an open goal.

Five minutes later, De Gea was called into action again as the Martin-Snodgrass combination worked well to release the winger behind the defence. He rolled the ball back to Gary Hooper, whose shot on the turn was parried away.

Chris Hughton’s side continued to apply the pressure with Sebastien Bassong and Hoolahan both missing further chances, while only Hernandez could force a save from John Ruddy for the away side.

Ashley Young and Nathan Redmond both went close in the opening stages of the second half, but it was Welbeck who finally broke the deadlock in the 57th minute.

The striker charged down a Bennett clearance, the ball ricocheted off Hernandez back to the substitute and he rounded Ruddy before sliding the ball into the back of the net.

Hughton's attempt to lift his side late on with the introduction of Van Wolfswinkel and Elmander failed to have the desired effect, allowing United to secure a sixth away win in the Barclays Premier League this season.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "I thought we were magnificent right throughout game. Their winner was a fortuitous goal with the double deflection which ran into the path of Danny Welbeck.

"Our organisation was excellent and we had some good chances. On the balance of play, defeat is a tough one to take. So many aspects of our game today were very good. But goals win games - and their goal was fortunate."

Manchester United manager David Moyes: "Norwich put on a great show today, but we did as well. We kept it quite tight at the back. To get two away victories in three days in the Premier League is a good return for us.

"Danny Welbeck couldn't score very often last season, but he looks like he will do it every time now. He changed the game today when he came on. He is doing very well, and we need everybody to chip in with goals when Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are out. Rooney has a groin strain. But I would expect Rooney to be back for Tottenham."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. John Ruddy 3.5 4.91
24. Ryan Bennett 3.8 4.06
5. Sébastien Bassong 4.25 4.33
2. Russell Martin 4.5 4.28
23. Martin Olsson 4.75 4.54
22. Nathan Redmond 4.75 5.02
7. Robert Snodgrass 4.75 5.54
4. Bradley Johnson 4.25 4.26
10. Leroy Fer 4.5 4.79
11. Gary Hooper 4.5 4.81
14. Wes Hoolahan 4.75 4.19
Substitutes All Fans BFR
3. Steven Whittaker 0.0 4.78
19. Luciano Becchio 0.0 1.95
9. Ricky van Wolfswinkel 0.75 5.81
13. Mark Bunn 0.0 2.4
31. Josh Murphy 0.0 3.13
18. Javier Garrido 2.5 4.64
16. Johan Elmander 1.25 4.6
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. David de Gea 7.75 5.85
15. Nemanja Vidic 7.17 5.48
12. Chris Smalling 6.94 4.97
3. Patrice Evra 7.18 5.52
6. Jonny Evans 6.94 4.94
23. Tom Cleverley 6.79 4.95
16. Michael Carrick 6.6 5.57
11. Ryan Giggs 6.24 5.38
26. Shinji Kagawa 7.0 6.28
18. Ashley Young 6.06 4.73
14. Javier Hernández 6.53 5.59
Substitutes All Fans BFR
29. Wilfried Zaha 6.8 5.75
24. Darren Fletcher 5.5 5.54
13. Anders Lindegaard 5.4 3.86
22. Fabio 6.14 5.75
44. Adnan Januzaj 7.41 6.68
8. Anderson 4.0 4.77
19. Danny Welbeck 7.89 5.74

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