Norwich City 1-0 Manchester United: Premier League as It Happened
Goals: Pilkington 60' (Nor)
Norwich City: Ruddy; Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido; Tettey, Johnson; Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Pilkington; Holt. Subs: Bunn, Tierney, Howson, Bennett, Howson, Jackson, Morison, Bennett.
Manchester United: Lindegaard; Rafael, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young; RVP, Hernandez. Subs: Johnstone, Jones, Anderson, Scholes, Cleverley, Fletcher, Welbeck.
In a highly charged atmosphere at Carrow Road, Norwich City ran out deserved 1-0 winners over an uninspired Manchester United side thanks to a powerful Anthony Pilkington goal.
The result displaces Sir Alex's side from the summit of the Premier League table, and moves the Canaries further away from relegation danger.
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90+4- Ruddy prevents an own goal as Bassong heads it towards his own keeper. Giggs' subsequent corner is poor and an amped Carrow Road stands for the final whistle.
Rafael takes a pot shot at goal, it seems as if Ruddy has fumbled it, but he claims at the feet of Scholes.
And the final whistle does blow!
Norwich City 1-0 Manchester United
90+2'- Rafael picks up a yellow card for talking back as Norwich look to keep the ball in the corner of the pitch.
Not enough time for United to win this one, but can they grab a draw in the final minute?
90'- CHANCE NORWICH!
Howson is played in one-on-one to seal a famous win, but he panics and shoots wide.
Snodgrass has gone down with cramp as the fourth official signals for three extra minutes.
88'- It's Norwich who look more likely to score at the moment as they pass it around a frustrated United team. Pilkington eventually gets a shot off, but it's straight down Lindegaard's throat.
Quite frankly this is deserved result. Sir Alex has been well and truly punished for playing the Giggs/Carrick partnership.
85'- Young crosses for Welbeck, but the striker tries to nod it down for van Persie when a shot on goal would have been better advised.
The Dutch striker has been disappointing today, fluffing the odd half chance when it's come his way.
81'- A great ball from Ashley Young from the right flank is met by a Norwich head at the far post moments before Welbeck can meet it.
Norwich try to break quickly, but Holt is too isolated to create anything tangible.
79'- Manchester United pass it around the perimeter of the Norwich box without much penetration.
WIth not much more than ten minutes to play here at Carrow Road, you have to ask the question - have United finally met their match?
76'- CHANCE UNITED!
Danny Welbeck heads just wide from near the penalty spot.
It's all United now as they turn up the pressure on their opponents in typical style. Chris Hughton is understandably looking nervous, Delia Smith looks drunk.
74'- Hoolahan finds Johnson in space down the left, but Rafael comes across to cynically foul. The referee keeps his cards in his pocket.
Garrido's free kick is headed clear by van Persie, who's had to drop very deep in this second half.
72'- Scholes immediately tries to get involved, but Evra can't control the midfielder's lifted through ball.
Twenty minutes to play at Carrow Road as Norwich continue to look good value for their one goal lead.
Norwich City 1-0 Manchester United
70'- Valencia tries to drive a low cross in from the right flank but it's blocked.
The Ecuadorian winger is then replaced by Scholes; Hernandez comes off for Welbeck too.
67'- Yet another long ball goes astray for the Red Devils.
Paul Scholes is warming up on the touchline. United need to get a grip on the middle of the park and Sir Alex reckons the Ginger Wizard may be the key.
65'- Hernandez fights to win back possession from Johnson, but is harshly called for a foul.
Sir Alex is going to have to consider removing Giggs if United have any chance to prosper here. His midfield partnership with Carrick has unsurprisingly been terrible, and terribly static.
62'- Crazy stuff at Carrow Road as Norwich plug for a second straight away.
United have invited Chris Hughton's side to attack them, and have paid the price for it. It's going to have to be another comeback today.
60'- GOAL NORWICH!
It's the Canaries who take the lead!
Former United schoolkid Pilkington heads a Garrido cross powerfully over Lindegaard into the far corner of the United goal.
59'- Valencia stands a cross up to the far post, but it's a little too high for Ashley Young to get any purchase on his header.
Rafael then breaks into the Norwich area with some fancy footwork, but the Brazilian's shot is blocked.
RT @chaskaborek "I want to stay for another 15 years at Manchester United,even if Barcelona or Real Madrid want me." ANTONIO VALENCIA MUFC— Manchester united lo (@ManUtd_rules) November 17, 2012
Nice sentiments Antonio, but based on your performance today, I'm not sure even Yeovil Town would want you.
55'- Valencia fouls Bradley Johnson close to the left wing, but Pilkington's free kick is met with a powerful Rafael header away.
After a furious day of Premier League action, this game has been quite the underwhelming occasion.
53'- Hernandez looks to be through on goal, but Ruddy is out quickly to boot the ball out for a throw.
United have scored two or more in their last 12 matches. Not sure that's looking likely based on what we've seen, but you just never know.
50'- Evra is called for a foul for blocking Snodgrass' progress down the right flank. Lindegaard almost fluffs the subsequent free kick, but there is no one in a yellow shirt to tap in at the far post.
Norwich City 0-0 Manchester United
48'- Young lofts a beauftiful pass over the Norwich defence to van Persie, but after some dallying, the Dutchman's eventual effort is too weak to trouble Ruddy.
Good start to the second half from the Red Devils here, they'll want to kill this one off as early as possible.
46'- Back out for the second half as Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez kick us off.
Can the Red Devils kick into top gear after a slow opening period?
Just not the same without Kagawa or Wazza sitting in the hole!— Deaniew (@Dean249Deaniew) November 17, 2012
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