Manchester U 2 Norwich 1

Alan Smith

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Nor­wich City 1, Old Traf­ford Sta­dium, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Au­gust 21, 2004. Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s men be­at Nor­wich City 2-1 in their fir­st ho­me ga­me of the 2004-05 sea­son. Da­vid Bel­lion opened the scor­ing for The Reds two min­utes pa­st the ha­lf-hour ma­rk be­fore Alan Smith net­ted a sec­ond goal for the hosts five min­utes af­ter the break.

Fol­low­ing a 1-0 loss ag­ainst Ro­man Abramovich´s Chel­sea at Stam­ford Bridge on the open­ing week­end of the 2004-05 cam­paign, Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated re­cently pro­moted Nor­wich City 2-1 at ho­me. The Reds got them­selves in front as French for­ward Da­vid Bel­lion be­at Nor­wich City shot stop­per Ro­bert Green from clo­se ran­ge wi­th 32 min­utes gone of the fir­st ha­lf. For­mer Leeds Uni­ted play­er Alan Smith then made it 2-0 to Man­chester Uni­ted five min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf be­fore Mat­tias Jon­son re­place­ment Paul Mc­Veigh ma­naged to score a con­sol­a­tion for The Ca­nar­ies in the 75th min­ute of the mat­ch. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Timothy How­ard, Ga­ry Ne­ville, John O’Shea, Mi­kael Sil­vestre, Eric Djemba-Djemba, Ry­an Gig­gs, Roy Ke­ane, Liam Miller, Da­vid Bel­lion, Alan Smith, Paul Scho­les. Sub­stitutes: Phil Ne­ville, Kier­an Richard­son, Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo, Chris Eagles, Roy Car­roll. Nor­wich City Te­am: Ro­bert Green, Craig Flem­ing, Tho­mas Helveg, Si­mon Charl­ton, Ad­am Drury, Da­vid Bent­ley, Dami­en Fran­cis, Ga­ry Holt, Mat­tias Jon­son, Dar­ren Huck­erby, Math­i­as Svens­son. Sub­stitutes: Ga­ry Do­herty, Le­on McK­en­zie, Paul Mc­Veigh, Marc Ed­worthy, Dar­ren Ward.


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Man­chester Uni­ted fin­ished the 2004-05 sea­son in third po­s­i­tion wi­th 77 points col­lec­ted from 38 mat­ches played, as much as eight­een points adrift of Pre­mier Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Chelsea.


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