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Norwich City 1-2 Manchester United: Player Ratings

Giggs stole the headlines with a late winner. (©GettyImages)
Giggs stole the headlines with a late winner. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United left it late to snatch all three points against Norwich, with Ryan Giggs hitting the 90th minute winner on his 900th appearance for the club.

Paul Scholes had given the visitors the lead, only for Grant Holt to equalise in the 83rd minute. It was the Welsh wizard who won the day though – we assess how the players performed on both sides…
 

Norwich City

Jon Ruddy – 7

After being overlooked by England, the 25-year-old got back down to business for the Canaries with a string of fine saves, including from Welbeck and Hernandez. Unlucky to be on losing side.

Kyle Naughton – 6.5

The Spurs loanee continued his good form for the hosts, preventing Ryan Giggs from showing his best on the left. Ashley Young’s introduction caused problems, however.

Zak Whitbread – 6.5

Solid but unspectacular – the USA defender made one key clearance and couldn’t be blamed for either goal.

Elliot Ward – 6.5

Similar to his counterpart, Ward grew in stature after a shaky start and did the simple things well.

Adam Drury – 6

The former Peterborough defender started badly against Nani, but slowly improved throughout proceedings.

David Fox – 6

Another decent display from the 28-year-old, who was good from set pieces but struggled to make a telling impact in open play.

Andrew Surman – 6

A hard working display but with little impetus – relatively quiet for the Canaries.

Anthony Pilkington – 7

Norwich’s main threat, particularly in the second period. Pilkington has been Paul Lambert’s top performer this season, and was unlucky to be brought off on 70 minutes.

Bradley Johnson – 5

An afternoon to forget for the former Leeds man. An early booking made life difficult, and his afternoon was ended with substitution on 63 minutes.

Grant Holt – 6.5

The veteran struck proved his ability at the highest level once again with a fantastic finish. A sign of a good striker when struggling to make an impact but popping up with a goal when needed.

Simeon Jackson – 5

The former Gillingham-man worked hard in the first period, but struggled to make holes in the United defence and was pulled off at the interval.

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Wes Hoolahan – 6

Elliott Bennett – 5

Aaron Wilbraham – 7
 

Manchester United

David De Gea – 8

The Spanish stopper continues to improve and impress, with solid saves from Pilkington and Wilbraham the highlight. Had no chance with the goal.

Phil Jones – 7

Another good display from the England youngster at right back. Was never in danger defensively, and added an attacking threat when going forward.

Jonny Evans – 6.5

Grew into the game after a shaky start, and was booked in the second period for a challenge on Hoolahan.

Rio Ferdinand – 7

Did well against Holt and Jackson in the first period – minimal blame for the goal in the second period.

Patrice Evra – 5.5

Another average display from the Frenchman as doubts continue to grow. Pilkington gave him a tough time for 70 minutes.

Nani – 6

The Portuguese winger failed to spark into life after a blistering start to proceedings – has enjoyed better days.

Paul Scholes – 7

A typical finish, arriving late to strike past Ruddy and open the scoring. Solid in midfield – the veteran continues to deliver the goods.

Michael Carrick – 6

Did his job well without inspiring the Red Devils in any particular way. Moved the ball with simple passes.

Ryan Giggs – 7.5

After a relatively slow start, Giggs picked up the pace in the second period, hitting the bar with a header and then scoring the late winner on his 900th appearance for the club.

Danny Welbeck – 6

Let himself down with two great chances late on, wasting both opportunities when needed most. Had been bright without particularly impressing.

Javier Hernandez – 6

Another ‘almost’ performance from Hernandez – looked good in the opening exchanges but faded and was withdrawn for Young in the second-half.

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Chris Smalling – N/A

Ashley Young – 7.5

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