Manchester U 2 Norwich 1
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.