Manchester United 4-0 Norwich – Magnificent Mata seals Giggs’ dream start

by Sam Peoples

David de Gea– Our Dave pulled off a few great saves, as he always does, and was dominant inside his own box.

Phil Jones– Jones is far more comfortable at right-back than Chris Smalling and played admirably. Norwich not attacking much meant he didn’t have too much to defend.

Nemanja Vidic 7 – Could have got sent off if the referee wanted to be harsh after leaning his head in a confrontation but it summed up his game in a bullying performance. No nonsense.

Rio Ferdinand 6 – Rio, like Vidic, wasn’t troubled too much by Norwich’s attack but frustratingly gave the ball away with too many long hooks upfield.

Patrice Evra 6 – Got involved heavily going forward and needed Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley to cover him quite a few times because he couldn’t get back in position but overall not bad.

Michael Carrick– Carrick’s just not been himself this year. The performance against Norwich was improved from previous showings but he’s still a shadow of himself from last year.

Tom Cleverley 5 – Cleverley didn’t do much to show that he deserves to start against Sunderland next week. Too sloppy and uncreative in possession. Did do some decent defensive duties though.

Antonio Valencia– Valencia had some confidence back when it came to beating his man but he completely gave up on the idea of a cultured cross by just thumping the ball in. Invariably, most of the time it went to Norwich.

Shinji Kagawa 7 – Out on the left, Kagawa linked up well with Evra and his passing was smooth throughout. Unfortunate to be subbed really but given the result, you can’t argue with it.

Wayne Rooney– He might have the first touch of an elephant but two precise finishes gave United the all important goals. Far from his best performance but on the day, he scored a brace.

Danny Welbeck 7 – Plenty of running in behind Norwich’s defence caused them problems and he won the penalty for Rooney’s first. Subbed quite early on but only because Giggs wanted to keep it fresh.

Substitutes

Juan Mata– It was 30 minutes of magic from Mata. Almost feels a bit ludicrous to give him a nine after only playing for half an hour but he deserved it. Two well taken goals summed up a perfect cameo performance.

Javier Hernandez 6 – Hernandez fluffed his big chance at the death to make it 5-0 and it summed up his season really – frustrating. Saying that, he was up for the game and kept Norwich’s defence on the back foot.

Ashley Young– An average performance from Ashley. Nothing too bad to moan about but nothing too good to praise him for.

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