Manchester United vs Norwich: Player Ratings

Manchester United vs Norwich: Player Ratings

David De Gea: Virtually untested against a very conservative Norwich side and can certainly expect a tougher time tonight against Real Madrid. Made a few good catches and his distribution was excellent as ever. His fourth consecutive league clean sheet is impressive considering the way United’s rearguard begun the season. 7

Chris SmallingA decent performance from the stand-in full-back. Doesn’t attack with the same verve or tenacity as Rafael Da Silva but was a threat non-the-less. His defensive ability was rarely tested but the 23-year-old did make a fantastic tackle on Snodgrass early in the second half. 7

Jonny Evans: Completely untested throughout and often found himself in a midfield position as Norwich defended their 18-yard-box. Solid but will be under far more pressure if selected to play against Madrid. 7

Nemanja Vidic: The big Serb was tasked with dealing with Norwich target man Grant Holt and certainly looked to be enjoying the physical tussle against the big forward. Was dominant in the air as per and was composed on the ball. 8

Patrice Evra: The role of the 31-year-old Frenchman is of critical importance when Kagawa is selected on the left flank, with the full-back tasked with providing width. Didn’t attack with his usual effectiveness and his final ball was sometimes a little erratic. Took a knock from a robust Snodgrass tackle but had an easy game defensively, aside from a sticky moment on the hour mark. 7

Antonio Valencia: There are signs that the Ecuadorian is at last finding some form with performances slowly improving week-by-week. He supplied the ball for Kagawa’s opener, had a few driving runs at Norwich’s back line and used his left foot on occasion, which is a bit of a rarity. Perhaps missed Rafael as the two share a telepathic understanding down the right hand side. A threat, however. 7

Michael CarrickA faultless performance from Carrick who was serenaded by the crowd at various intervals throughout the match. Ball retention was unparalleled and his passing was excellent as we have come to expect. Tested Bunn early with a low effort with his weaker foot. 8

Anderson: Smart, speedy passing from the outset from the Brazilian and his powerful runs were key to forcing Norwich deep into their own half. Retained the ball well, and his tackling was good. Final ball can be a little erratic, but has staked his claim for a starting spot against Real Madrid, with Jones likely to miss out. 7

Shinji Kagawa: Began the game on the left hand side but drifted in periodically and the intelligent Japanese international exploited spaces in behind. Perhaps scuffed his first goal but his second and third finishes were composed and confident. Looks to be finding his feet and his link-up with Rooney was a joy to watch. 9

Wayne RooneyA goal and two assists for Rooney in an excellent performance. His late strike, which was his 14th of the campaign, was a stunner and capped off his best performance for a good while. Rooney’s interchanges with Kagawa were little short of breathtaking and he looks to be on top form ahead of a season defining week for United. 8

Robin Van Persie: Looked a little laboured throughout and sustained a knock in the build-up to the opener. Suffering a mini-goal drought with just six goal in the last six matches. Needed the minutes to his injury. Replaced on 65 minutes by Welbeck. 6

Danny Welbeck: Brought on in place of Van Persie and had a couple of good chances as Norwich waned late on. One left-footed shot from a tight angle forced a good save from Bunn low. Took a knock from a Michael Turner tackle but looks destined to be selected against Madrid after his heroics in the Bernabeu. 7

Tom Cleverley: A late replacement for Anderson and got in to good areas in and around the box as mid-table Norwich tired after a resolute 75 minutes. Passed well and rekindled his partnership with Carrick at the heart of midfield. 6

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Tom is a lifelong red who regularly goes to Manchester United games and is a fan of everything at the club, right down to the Under 18s and below.