Norwich 1 Manchester U 3

Ryan Giggs

Nor­wich City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 3, Car­row Road, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, April 5, 1993. Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated Nor­wich City 3-1 at Car­row Road thanks to a goal each from Ry­an Gig­gs, An­drei Kanchel­s­kis, and Eric Can­tona in the fir­st pe­riod. Norwich´s con­sol­a­tion goal ar­rived on the hour ma­rk and was sco­red by for­mer Uni­ted stri­ker Ma­rk Robins.

The Old Traf­ford si­de had beaten Nor­wich 1-0 in the re­verse meet­ing of the 1992-93 sea­son cour­tesy of a goal from Ma­rk Hug­hes and were nar­row fa­vour­ites to over­come City at Car­row Road. In their last five Pre­miership fix­tures, Man­chester Uni­ted had de­feated Liver­pool, drawn ag­ainst As­ton Vil­la, Man­chester City, and Ar­senal, and lost to Old­ham Ath­let­ic, where­as Nor­wich had over­come Shef­field Uni­ted, Old­ham Ath­let­ic, Not­ting­ham For­est, and As­ton Vil­la, and lost ag­ainst Wim­bledon. In front of a bump­er crowd in Nor­wich, Uni­ted dom­in­ated pro­ceed­ings from the very be­gin­ning of the clash and the vis­it­ing si­de had their open­ing goal af­ter twelve min­utes when the in­form Ry­an Gig­gs re­ceived a per­fect thro­ugh pass from Eric Can­tona and ef­fort­lessly roun­ded City goal­keeper Bry­an Gunn and put the ball in­to the empty net. Man­chester Uni­ted con­tin­ued to push for­ward and Al­ex Ferguson´s title con­tenders were duly re­war­ded for their at­tack­ing ef­forts as Rus­si­an in­ter­na­tion­al flanker An­drei Kanchel­s­kis hit a sec­ond goal for The Reds on nine­teen min­utes be­fore Can­tona ad­ded a third for the vis­it­ors a min­ute la­ter in the en­counter. Ma­rk Robins, once a Fer­guson fledgling along­side play­ers like Clay­ton Black­more, Rus­sell Beards­more, Lee Mar­tin, and Lee Sharpe, re­duced the de­fi­cit for The Ca­nar­ies fif­teen min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf, but Uni­ted were nev­er threat­ened in this match.

Born and bro­ught up in near­by Old­ham, Ma­rk Robins had joi­ned Man­chester Uni­ted as an ap­pren­tice on the 23rd of Ju­ly 1986 and went on to sign his fir­st pro­fes­sion­al con­tract wi­th the club on the 22nd of Dec­ember 1986. He was giv­en his Fir­st Di­vi­sion bap­tism in a 1–1 draw ag­ainst FA Cup hold­ers Wim­bledon at Plough Lane on the 22nd of Oct­ober 1988, but he nev­er ma­naged to claim a reg­u­lar place in the fir­st te­am at Old Traf­ford. Ac­cord­ingly, on the 14th of Au­gust 1992, Robins was trans­ferred to Nor­wich City for a fee of £800,000 and the front­man mar­ked his de­but by scor­ing twice in a sur­prise 4-2 tri­umph ag­ainst Ar­senal at High­bury Sta­dium on the open­ing day of the fir­st ever Pre­mier Lea­gue cam­paign. Nor­wich City Te­am: Bry­an Gunn, Ian Cul­ver­house, John Pol­ston, Chris Sut­ton, Da­vid Phil­lips, Ma­rk Bowen, Ian Crook, Ruel Fox, Jeremy Goss, Ga­ry Meg­son, Ma­rk Robins. Sub­stitutes: Efan Ekoku, Lee Power, Ma­rk Walton. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Pe­ter Schmei­chel, Paul Par­ker, Ste­ve Bru­ce, Ga­ry Pal­lister, De­nis Ir­win, Ry­an Gig­gs, Paul In­ce, An­drei Kanchel­s­kis, Bri­an Mc­Clair, Lee Sharpe, Eric Can­tona. Sub­stitutes: Di­on Dub­lin, Bry­an Rob­son, Les Sealey.


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Man­chester Uni­ted trashed Nor­wich City 5-0 at Old Traf­ford on the 24th of Nov­ember 1979 thro­ugh a brace by Joe Jor­dan and one goal apiece from Lou Ma­cari, Ste­ve Cop­pell, and Kev­in Moran.


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