Ryan Giggs scored a late goal on his 900th appearance to give Manchester United the win against a spirited Norwich City at Carrow Road in the Premier League.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side kept up the pressure on rivals Manchester City as Grant Holt cancelled out Paul Scholes early striker before Giggs’ late contribution.
The Old Trafford side got off to the perfect start when Scholes ghosted in at the far post unmarked to nod home Nani’s centre after just five minutes.
The Carrow Road crowd were stunned to see their team go behind when many hadn’t even had found their seats.
Paul Lambert’s side reacted well, however, and David de Gea was forced to save with his feet from point blank range after Anthony Pilkington's delicate control and shot from a chipped through ball.
This formed the pattern for much of the first half as the young Spanish goalkeeper was bombarded with crosses in an obvious ploy by the home team, but he stood up to it well.
Although Norwich were largely on top, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez combined well for the latter to shoot low from the edge of the area, but John Ruddy in the Canaries goal got down to it well and made the stop.
Norwich were unable to apply the same pressure after the break, and Welbeck almost doubled United’s lead when he ran onto a perfect Giggs through-ball but Zak Whitbread made a last ditch intervention to clear the chipped shot off the line.
Just as Norwich’s challenge seemed to have petered out, they struck in great style after 84 minutes.
Captain Grant Holt showed strength and good technique as he turned Rio Ferdinand just inside the area and fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner.
The goal seemed to spark Ferguson’s charges into life and only Danny Welbeck will know how he managed to miss the ball completely when he found himself five yards out unmarked on the end of a Giggs cross.
The home crowd were ecstatic as they felt they had done enough for a point going into injury time, but Giggs broke Canary hearts when he touched home an Ashley Young cross at the far post.
It was harsh on Norwich, who had shown great spirit to haul themselves back into the game but it was the evergreen quality of Ryan Giggs that decided things on a landmark day for the Premier League legend.