Manchester U 4 Norwich 0
Manchester United 4 Norwich City 0, Old Traford, English Premier League, March 2, 2013. Japanese international midfielder Shinji Kagawa registered a hat-trick as Manchester United comfortably defeated Norwich City by four goals to none on their own soil.
Manchester United had now won nine of their last ten Premier League encounters and were topping the table a massive fifteen points ahead of Manchester City. Sir Alex Ferguson: “The spirit is great whichever team I put out. It didn’t look like being a 4-0 game midway in the second half when we got a bit ragged. But Shinji Kagawa is a good finisher and his third goal was brilliant. It’s been a great day for him.” Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Patrice Evra, Chris Smalling, Jonathan Evans, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia, Shinji Kagawa, Oliveira Anderson, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Rafael da Silva, Ashley Young, Javier Hernandez, Luis Nani, Anders Lindegaard. Norwich City Team: Mark Bunn, Sebastien Bassong, Michael Turner, Russell Martin, Javier Garrido, Jonathan Howson, Wes Hoolahan, Bradley Johnson, Anthony Pilkington, Robert Snodgrass, Grant Holt. Substitutes: Kei Kamara, Luciano Becchio, Dave Fox, Elliott Bennett, Ryan Bennett, Steven Whittaker, Lee Camp.
Shinji Kagawa Quickfacts
Shinji Kagawa was handed his Premier League debut for Manchester United by Sir Alex Ferguson in a 1-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park in the opening round of the 2012-13 campaign and accumulated 36 Premiership appearances for The Reds before he returned to his previous employers Borussia Dortmund for a fee somewhere in the neighbourhood of £6.5 million on the 31st of August 2014.