Manchester U 2 Norwich 0
Manchester United 2 Norwich City 0, Old Trafford, English Premier League, October 1, 2011. Manchester United earned themselves a 2-0 win against Premiership newcomers Norwich City. The East Anglia club defended well before the break, but goals from Oliveira Anderson and Danny Welbeck in the second period saw United running out 2-0 winners.
It was a much changed Manchester United side which took to the field as demanding Old Trafford manager Sir Alex Ferguson had made as many as seven alterations to the team from the disappointing 3-3 Champions League Group Stage draw with Swiss Champions FC Basel at The Theatre of Dreams four days earlier. United had dropped their first Premier League points of the 2011-12 season with a unexpected 1-1 draw against Stoke City at Britannia Stadium the previous weekend, with Peter Crouch levelling the score for The Potters in the second half after Luis Nani had given Ferguson´s men the lead before the break. Norwich City, meanwhile, had narrowly beaten Sunderland 2-1 at Carrow Road where Leon Barnett and Steve Morison found the net for The Canaries, while Kieran Richardson recorded a late consolation goal for The Black Cats. Although Manchester United were massive favourites to win the clash with Norwich, the yellow shirts never buckled in the face of the opponent´s reputation and the home players struggled hard to make an impression.
The Norfolk outfit started the match on a bright note and the visitors should have taken the lead already in 17th minute of the contest when Welsh flankman Steve Morison outmaneuvered Northern Ireland international defender Jonny Evans before he shot wide from the edge of the eighteen-yard area. The encounter was eventually brought to life twenty minutes into the second period as veteran club stalwart Ryan Giggs took a flag-kick from the left side of the field which Brazilian midfield combatant Oliveira Anderson headed past John Ruddy in the Norwich goal to make the scoreline read 1-0 in favour of Manchester United. Finally, during the closing stages of the game, a dangerous low cross ball from unselfish workhorse Ji-Sung Park found second period substitute Danny Welbeck who scored his fifth goal of the 2011-12 campaign when the strong running striker tapped in the ball from close range to secure Manchester United´s 19th consecutive home victory in the Premier League. Manchester United Team: Anders Lindegaard, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia, Luis Nani, Darren Fletcher, Oliveira Anderson, Ji-Sung Park, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez. Substitutes: David de Gea, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov, Danny Welbeck, Michael Owen. Norwich City Team: John Ruddy, Russell Martin, Leon Barnett, Marc Tierney, Kyle Naughton, Bradley Johnson, Anthony Pilkington, Wesley Hoolahan, Steve Morison, David Fox, Elliott Bennett. Substitutes: Adam Drury, Andrew Crofts, Drew Surman, Grant Holt, Simeon Jackson, Chris Martin, Declan Rudd.
Manchester City 2 Manchester United 3
West Bromwich Albion 1 Manchester United 2
Manchester United 3 Tottenham Hotspur 0
Manchester United 8 Arsenal 2
Bolton Wanderers 0 Manchester United 5
Benfica 1 Manchester United 1
Manchester United 3 Chelsea 1
Leeds United 0 Manchester United 3
Stoke City 1 Manchester United 1
Manchester United 3 FC Basel 3
Won: 7 Drawn: 3 Lost: 0