Norwich 1 Manchester U 2

Ryan Giggs

Nor­wich City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2, Car­row Road, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Feb­ruary 26, 2012. Paul Scho­les net­ted the open­ing goal for Man­chester Uni­ted ag­ainst Nor­wich City when he head­ed ho­me in the sixth min­ute. Wi­th on­ly sev­en min­utes left, Grant Holt ma­naged to equal­ise for City, on­ly for Ry­an Gig­gs to hit the win­ner for Uni­ted in the 90th minute.

Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s title chal­lengers came in­to this Pre­miership mat­ch on the back of an em­bar­rass­ing 2-1 de­feat to Ajax Am­s­ter­dam at Old Traf­ford in mid­week and The Red Dev­ils were de­term­ined to make amends ag­ainst Paul Lambert´s Nor­wich City. In the re­verse Pre­mier Lea­gue meet­ing on the 1st of Oct­ober 2011, Man­chester Uni­ted had com­fort­ably de­feated re­cently pro­moted Nor­wich by 2-0 thanks to a goal each from Brazili­an mid­fielder Oli­veira An­der­son and loc­al born stri­ker Dan­ny Wel­beck in the sec­ond ha­lf of the fix­ture. Man­chester Uni­ted were with­out Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­al Way­ne Roo­ney for the away mat­ch ag­ainst the Nor­folk club be­cause of a throat in­fec­tion, but the vis­it­ing te­am were giv­en an ex­cel­lent start by dy­nam­ic mid­field gen­er­al Paul Scho­les who­se well pla­ced head­er from clo­se ran­ge put them in front in­side six min­utes. And ten min­utes la­ter Wel­beck al­most ad­ded a sec­ond goal for Uni­ted when the for­ward hit a low shot from the edge of the eight­een-yard area, but his ef­fort was su­perbly saved by ho­me cus­todi­an John Ruddy.

The Nor­wich City play­ers pressed des­per­ately for an equal­ising goal and the hard work­ing ho­me si­de were ev­entually re­war­ded when Zak Whit­bread head­ed down a su­perb cross from fel­low de­fender Ad­am Drury in­to the path of skip­per Grant Holt who ham­mered the ball pa­st away shot stop­per Da­vid de Gea and in­to the net to make the score­board read 1-1 in the 83rd min­ute of the con­test. But just nine min­utes la­ter Ry­an Gig­gs cel­eb­rated his nine hun­dredth fir­st te­am ap­pear­ance for his be­loved Man­chester Uni­ted wi­th a stun­ning stop­page time win­ner to se­cure an im­port­ant vic­tory for The Reds over The Ca­nar­ies at Car­row Road. Af­ter bag­ging all three points ag­ainst Nor­wich, Man­chester Uni­ted were now trail­ing two points be­hind Pre­mier Lea­gue lead­ers Man­chester City. Nor­wich City Te­am: John Rud­dy, El­li­ott Wa­rd, Zak Whit­bread, Kyle Naugh­ton, Ad­am Drury, Dave Fox, Brad­ley John­son, An­thony Pilk­ing­ton, Drew Sur­man, Grant Holt, Simeon Jack­son. Sub­stitutes: Jed Steer, Le­on Bar­nett, El­li­ott Ben­nett, An­drew Crofts, Wes Hoo­la­han, Ste­ve Mor­is­on, Aar­on Wil­bra­ham. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Phil Jones, Jon­ny Evans, Rio Fer­dinand, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Mi­chael Car­rick, Lu­is Nani, Paul Scho­les, Ry­an Gig­gs, Javi­er Her­nandez, Dan­ny Wel­beck. Sub­stitutes: Ben Amos, Ra­fael da Silva, Chris Small­ing, Fa­bio da Silva, Ash­ley Young, Ji-Sung Park, Di­m­it­ar Berbatov.

 

Ryan Giggs Quickfacts

As a Man­chester Uni­ted play­er, Ry­an Gig­gs won thir­teen Pre­mier Lea­gue trophies, four FA Cups, four Lea­gue Cups, two Champion’s Lea­gue trophies, one Cup Winner’s Cup, and one Su­per Cup.

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