Smalling Evans Vidic Evra
Valencia Carrick Anderson(Cleverley) Kagawa
I was pretty surprised when I saw the starting line-up. I had never thought that Carrick, Roo and Robin would feature in today's game. It was quite a risk to play our most influential players today against a side mistiming challenges left right and centre. Anyway, I'm glad all players left the field unscathed. Kagawa got a hat-trick to vindicate Fergie's comments that our Japanese's time will come. Roo put the icing on the cake with a thunderous finish late in the game.
Up until the 77th minute it was quite a drab game. Norwich were defending well but created very little and our players never really shifted to second gear. Our boys upped the tempo in the final 13 minutes and put Norwich to the sword. It was a hard working display with a couple of moments of brilliance here and there. Carrick's ball to Rooney for our second goal was majestic, Kagawa's finishes were really good, our 4th goal was very easy on the eye and our defenders barely put a foot wrong. Even Valencia had a decent game on the right!
It doesn't matter by how much you win. As long as we've got the 3 points then its job done. We've only got to take game by game until City run out of games to catch us.
Next game is vs Real. I've got a feeling we'll do well. Unfortunately, Real Madrid seem to have left their best form of the season for this time of the year. I heard they were brilliant vs Barca in the Copa Del Rey and also today in their league game. However, irrespective of Real's current form, if our boys show up, we'll be just fine!
Come on United!
- Norwich are the first team since Blackburn at Spurs last season to not record a single shot (excl. blocked) in a PL game.
- Shinji Kagawa is the first player from Asia to score a Premier League hat-trick.
- Wayne Rooney has now scored or assisted 20 goals in 20 Premier League appearances for Man Utd this season.
- Robin van Persie has now scored or assisted 27 goals in 28 Premier League appearances for Man Utd.