Premier League - United hit four to give Giggs winning start

Premier League, Old Trafford - Manchester United 4 (Rooney 40’ pen, 48’, Mata 64’, 73’) Norwich City 0

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Ryan Giggs, happy during his first game with Manchester United

Ryan Giggs enjoyed his first win as Manchester United manager with a 4-0 victory over Norwich City.

Giggs watched in a suit from the sidelines, having left himself out of the match day squad. He was joined in the dugout by Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville.

United initially played much as they had for the whole season, struggling to find momentum or break the opposition down. Most of the play came down the right wing, with Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia sending in a number of poor crosses.

Just before half time, Steven Whittaker brought down Danny Welbeck as he prepared to latch onto a loose ball Norwich failed to clear, and Wayne Rooney scored with a confident penalty.

In the second half, Rooney took three minutes to extend the lead, curling in a fine shot from 25 yards. United regained some of their old confidence, and added two more through Juan Mata.

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While 4-0 looks impressive, United should not get carried away - they beat Norwich in the League Cup by the same margin under David Moyes.

KEY EVENTS

14’ - WELBECK CHANCE - The ball drops to Welbeck on the edge of the box, and he volleys a shot towards the top corner that Ruddy beats away.

39’ - VALENCIA SHOT - From a tight angle, Valencia slams in a shot from the right but Ruddy palms it clear.

40’ - PENALTY - Norwich fail to clear a loose ball in the box, and Whittaker panics, bringing down Welbeck as he looked to pounce.

41’ - ROONEY GOAL - After a gentle run-up, Rooney side-foots to John Ruddy’s left as the ‘keeper dives right.

48’ - ROONEY GOAL - Coming in from the left wing, Rooney is under no pressure so fires a shot from outside the box low and into the corner for United’s second.

54’ - WELBECK CHANCE - Evra's shot is deflected to Ruddy, and Welbeck drives a volley towards the top corner that the ‘keeper does well to push behind.

64’ - MATA GOAL - Another shot aimed at the top corner from Rooney is pushed away by Ruddy, but the ball isn’t cleared. Jones turns in a cross from the right for Mata to side-foot for United’s third.

66’ - JOHNSON SHOT - Bradley Johnson’s long-range shot is a couple of yards wide of goal.

73’ - MATA GOAL - Patrice Evra stands up a cross to the back post, and Mata heads in Valencia’s first-time volley from a yard out.

88’ - SNODGRASS SHOT - The winger cuts onto his right foot and curls a shot just over the bar.

90’ - OLSSON CHANCE - Martin Olsson’s shot deflects off Phil Jones and against the crossbar.

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90+3’ - HERNANDEZ MISS - Javier Hernandez shocks Old Trafford by missing a one-on-one chance after Mata sets him up.

KEY STATS

United have won six and lost none of their seven previous Premier League home games against Norwich.

Norwich City have taken fewer points away from home than any other Barclays Premier League side this season (eight).

The Canaries have lost their last eight away league games and are winless in 10 (D2 L8) – the first time they have lost eight in a row away from home.

The Canaries have only won four of their last 39 Premier League away matches (L25 D10).

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TALKING POINT

United’s performance demonstrates the problems are clearly deeper than just David Moyes. Despite a more confident attitude, the attacking was often stunted and the midfield was understaffed. Tactically it was a basic approach by a team who know they have underperformed. Alex Ferguson and the Glazers, not Moyes, still deserve the vast majority of the blame for this woeful season.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Juan Mata (Manchester United): While he may have only been a substitute, and Wayne Rooney also scored two, Mata was far more effective at linking up play and and setting up attacks around him in a much shorter space of time.

PLAYER RATINGS

Man Utd: De Gea 6, Jones 6, Vidic 6, Ferdinand 6, Evra 6, Valencia 5, Carrick 5, Cleverley 5, Kagawa 6, Welbeck 6, Rooney 7. Subs: Mata 8, Chicharito 6, Young 6.

Norwich City: Ruddy 7, Whittaker 6, Martin 6, Turner 6, Olsson 6, Johnson 6, Fer 5, Howson 5, Snodgrass 5, Redmond 5, van Wolfswinkel 3. Subs: Hooper 6, Elmander 6, Tettey 6

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