Premier League Scores: Result and Highlights from the EPL Fixture between Norwich City v Manchester United on Saturday, November 17, 2012.
Result: Norwich City 1 – 0 Manchester United
Location: Carrow Road – Norwich City
|Norwich – 1||Man United – 0|
|Anthony Pilkington (60’)|
The start of the match saw Manchester United without Wayne Rooney (out due to and ankle injury), Jonny Evans, and David de Gea. The first half saw Norwich get the better of the chances as they looked very dangerous in the final third. Man United’s defense did just enough to keep them out. United’s best chances came on the counter attack, but had a hard time getting shots on goal. Robin van Persie had their best chance in the 40th minute when he missed on Giggs ball over the top and had to watch the ball roll out of play for a goal kick. Ashley Young came close in the 42nd minute with a great save by John Ruddy in the Norwich goal.
Manchester United largely dominated the first half with 58% possession 6 shots (2 on target and 1 blocked) and 7 corners. Despite this the score remained 0 – 0 at the break and Norwich had their fair share of chances (6 shots with 2 on goal and 1 blocked).
The second half started much the same way as the second with United continuing to dominate possession, but looking second best. United went behind (yet again this season) in the 60th minute when Anthony Pilkington’s header across goal sailed into the back of the net just past Anders Lindegaard’s fingertips.
Manchester United’s lack of a defensive midfielder was found out yet again. With their fullbacks pushing up in attack they were left exposed at the back for the counter attacking goal. On the offensive side of things for United, they often looked predictable and lacked creativity despite their numbers in attack. The predictability of their attack allowed Norwich to sit back and defend then push forward briefly on the counter. Norwich continued to look the stronger side in attack despite having moved to what was basically a 4-5-1 setup sitting deep in their own half.
Following a long range effort from Michael Carrick Norwich’s Steve Morrison was one on one with Chris Smalling and sent Jonathan Howson through on Lindegaard. What should have been Norwich’s second goal, and wrapping up all 3 points, ended with Morrison putting the ball wide.
Perhaps the lack of Wayne Rooney was what was missing today, but United’s lack of urgency throughout the match was their undoing. The loss could hurt their title chances on a day that holders Man City ran out 5 – 0 winners. With this loss United give up top spot to their cross town rivals remaining at 27 points compared to City’s 28.