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United too strong for struggling Norwich

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United too strong for struggling Norwich

Manchester United scored 4 at Old Trafford for the 4th time this season as they dispatched of struggling Norwich who remain rock bottom and 7 points from safety.

United very much dominated the match and that was backed up with Norwich only having one shot on target in the first half. It was also evident that they are a side who have serious defensive issues as they have now conceded 45 goals in 22 matches- around 2 a match.

It was a very relatively quiet start to the match with United dictating play. Their first chance arrived in the 15th minute with Williams blazing his shot over the bar from outside the box. 12 minutes later the hosts were in front after some beautiful play from Mata.

The Spaniard curled in a cross with his left foot from the right and Rashford was there to knock in his 13th Prem goal of the season. United then had a series of chances with Pereira and the aforementioned Rashford shooting straight at Krul, but it was Norwich who came closest to getting the next goal on the stroke of half-time.

Buendia played it to Cantwell just inside the left of the box, he hit it in his stride but De Gea got down well to his left to parry away and preserve United's lead.

United came out all guns blazing and were awarded a penalty in the 54th minute. Williams was played through and Krul raced out but cleaned the young full-back out. Penalty United. Rashford stepped up and got his 2nd of the day- Krul guessed the right way but the power took it out of his reach.

United then added a third 3 minutes later. Some good instinctive play saw the quick corner played to Mata who crossed it on for Martial who headed it into the net.

They could have had another goal 3 minutes later but Williams missed a big chance as he blazed over from just a few yards out from Pereira's cross. With 20 minutes to go, Pereira was replaced by Greenwood and the young striker made an instant impact.

The ball was played up for James, Aarons headed away and from the dee Greenwood lashed a strike into Krul's bottom left corner. United get their first win of 2020 and go 5th, while Norwich have to pick themselves up and prepare for a crucial match at home to Bournemouth next Saturday.

 

Aidan Shearer

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