Norwich v Man Utd: Man of the Match

It had been eight months since United won a Premier League game on the road. Second-bottom Norwich have gone four games without victory; their last was that remarkable win over United’s rivals, City, in mid-September. They are still adapting to life in the top flight.

In the end it was a comfortable 3–1 win for the Reds. More than that, since beating Chelsea 4-0 on the opening weekend, United had failed to score more than once in any of their last 10 games in all competitions. Marcus Rashford also scored his 50th goal across all competitions for Manchester United, with 32 of those coming in the Premier League. Manchester United’s first goal saw them become the first team in Premier League history to score 2000 goals in the competition.

So overall a satisfactory moral boosting evening, taking United up to 7th place.

Same old news unfortunately. A missed penalty. A second missed penalty. Different penalty takers. This is now getting absolutely ridiculous. Penalties are critical in every game and no team has been given and missed as many penalties as United. Really frustrating to watch. Liverpool today kept up their title run when they beat Spurs thanks to a penalty. What if it had been United’s who were chasing the title and had one or two penalties in such a crucial game?

Once again my player of the match has to be Scott McTominay. He not only opened the scoring but controlled midfield and set in motion most of United’s attacking plays. Unfortunately it was also his mistake that led to Norwich City’s consolation goal.

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Should be an interesting Carabao match against Chelsea, after this moral boosting win and with both managers most probably giving youth a chance.

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