Manchester United vs. Norwich: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterApril 26, 2014

Manchester United stuffed four past relegation-threatened Norwich City in Ryan Giggs’ first match as the Red Devils’ interim manager.

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring from the spot in the 41st minute and then completed his brace with a delightful, curling effort shortly after the restart.

Then it was over to substitute Juan Mata, who found the back of the net on two occasions in 10 minutes after replacing Danny Welbeck

Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.

Manchester United Player Ratings
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Half-Time analysis for Manchester United

De Gea: Didn’t have a single save to make in the first half.

Jones: Sent in a delightful cross to the far post that Kagawa quite nearly turned into goal.

Ferdinand: Has so far won all of his aerial battles.

Vidic: Rarely tested, but yet to put a foot wrong.

Evra: Looking lively at times down the left, and allowing Kagawa some freedom to cut inside.

Valencia: One of his better periods of football this season.

Carrick: Rather sub-par passing from him so far.

Cleverley: Has completed 95% of his passes.

Kagawa: Has touched the ball an impressive 44 times while contributing a pair of tackles.

Rooney: Made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Welbeck: Final-third distribution has been impeccable.

Full-Time analysis for Manchester United

De Gea: His best stop was a confident punch on a Snodgrass free kick.

Jones: Touched the ball 99 times and picked up an assist in one of his best matches of the season.

Ferdinand: Completed the 90 minutes having won all his aerial battles.

Vidic: Dominant in front of De Gea; imperious in his break-out passes.

Evra: Played an integral part in Mata’s second goal.

Valencia: He earned an assist and had a hand in Mata’s second as well.

Carrick: Much, much better in the second half; 103 touches overall.

Cleverley: Completed an impressive 64% of his passes.

Kagawa: Picked up an assist before being substituted.

Rooney: Cut inside from the left and curled a delightful ball into the far corner to complete his brace.

Welbeck: Earned the penalty that allowed Rooney to open the scoring and distributed the ball well in the attacking third.

Mata: Bagged a brace in an impactful performance from the bench.

Young: Struggled to involve himself in the buildup play after coming on in the 65th minute.

Hernandez: Should have scored late on but pulled his shot wide of the far post.

Norwich Player Ratings
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Half-Time analysis for Norwich City

Ruddy: Made a spectacular save on a Welbeck volley.

Whittaker: Should have been booked for the foul that caused the penalty.

Martin: Winning everything in the air for the Canaries.

Turner: Very impressive 45 minutes from the Norwich centre-back.

Olsson: Struggling mightily opposite Jones and Valencia.

Snodgrass: Good shift, but more on the counter-attack will be expected of him after the restart.

Fer: Distribution could be better, but he’s been an important contributor on the defensive side of the ball.

Howson: Booked for a foul on Carrick.

Johnson: Passing has been woeful.

Redmond: Showing a willingness to run at the United defense.

Van Wolfswinkel: Only five touches of the ball in the first half.

Full-Time analysis for Norwich City

Ruddy: Made a pair of highlight-reel saves and was mostly helpless on United’s four goals.

Whittaker: Distribution was decent, but he was mostly pinned back by Evra and Kagawa.

Martin: Dominant in the air.

Turner: United might have had five or six but for him.

Olsson: Run into the ground by Jones and Valencia.

Snodgrass: His side’s best attacker on the day.

Fer: A pass-completion rate of 84% before being substituted late in the second half.

Howson: The Canaries’ best passer of the ball at Old Trafford.

Johnson: Had a good chance following a corner but skied his effort from in close.

Redmond: Made several good runs downfield but was replaced by Gary Hooper with 21 minutes to play.

Van Wolfswinkel: Seven touches before being withdrawn in the 56th minute.

Elmander: Had two chances on a single corner sequence but failed to place either on target.

Hooper: Didn’t manage a single shot.

Tettey: Just 13 touches in a late cameo.


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