Norwich 1 Manchester U 2
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.