Date: 18th November 2012 at 12:00am
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Anders Lindegaard: Kicking is still poor but beyond that didn’t really have much to do. Tried to get United going with his throwing but to no avail. 6

Rafael: Showed urgency going forward and always looked to offer an option on the overlap. Decent defensive performance even if Norwich’s goal came down his flank. 6

Patrice Evra: Like Rafael always looked to get forward and contribute, had one of his easier games defensively. 6

Rio Ferdinand: Starting to show his age, as his speed deserts him. Caught on the turn a few times but also made some timely interceptions and aerial challenges. 5

Chris Smalling: Should have done better with Pilkington for the goal, left his man then beaten in the air too but had some bright moments including a last ditch interceptions as well as some impressive footwork in Norwich’s box too. 6

Michael Carrick: Did a decent job with his defence duties but offered nothing in an attacking sense. 6

Ryan Giggs: Questions must be raised as to why Sir Alex persists with Giggs in the middle of the park. The defeat was by no means his fault but United would have been an altogether more threatening outfit with Anderson or Cleverley in beside Carrick. Ball retention was poor with him in there, a lesson we should have learned with Liverpool and Spurs. 5

Antonio Valencia: Incredibly frustrating. When you know a player is capable of what he is, and then he puts in a performance like today’s you want to pull your hair out. His lack of a left foot has gone from painful to infuriating, seems to have lost the ability to beat his man and when he does, his crossing is poor. Needs to pull his socks up quickly. 4

Ashley Young: Looking better as he gets back into the swing of things and tested Ruddy too. Looked much better on the right when United made the change. Perhaps he can occupy that role when United give Valencia what appears to be a much needed rest? 6

Javier Hernandez: Didn’t have much to work with today after his recent goal scoring feats. Hustled around but whilst he can sometimes feed off scraps, barely had those today. Perhaps works better as an impact player? 5

Robin Van Persie: Not his brightest game although he worked from a deeper role. Did decent work around the box and could have done better with a couple of chances where it would have been easier to go with his right than awkwardly with his left. 5


Danny Welbeck: Worked well around the box trying to hold up the ball and found himself on the end of a few chances but again his finishing comes into question, heading and shooting wide as well as allowing Ruddy to make some routine saves. 5

Paul Scholes: Came on and instantly began spraying passes in the hope to create an opening against a disciplined Norwich side. United began to threaten more with his arrival but sadly to no avail. 6

Anderson: Perhaps should have been introduced way earlier than the 80th minute. Whilst he had too little time to really influence the game almost made the difference with a late shot that Ruddy spilled and only just got to the rebound before Scholes. 6


7 responses to “Player Ratings vs Norwich”

  1. john says:

    if youre a passionate fan, if u want people to give a s**t about ur s****y website, atleast be REAL. what a waste of my time. goodbye.

  2. elo says:

    Well said chudi, for me we lost d game the moment SAF decided to play “the evergreen giggs” in the middle of the park. No doubt, He’s a fantastic talent n I av no qualms with him playing frm d flanks bhet in d midfield is a no no ! Did we forget dat d canaries wer in a good run of form , unbeaten in the last 4. We needd to approach the game with more poise. Did we take this game for granted? We had scholes n tom sitting on the bench whyl we sufferd in the middle #absolutely gutted .. Like they say u win some , u lose some we shud learn from this quickly .. I would love to see my beloveth MUFC sitting on the top d epl by christmas . GGMU

  3. karlo mu says:

    yeah giggs in a four man midfield against five in the middle for norwich, crazy shit. ando, cleverley and fletcher on the bench along with scholes,i`ve gone from rejoicing at seeing his name on the team sheet to recoiling on seeing his selection maybe he should of retired during the summer i love giggs and it kills me to say these things about a utd legend.

  4. kieran says:

    as the season progresses, a point I made on here only last week will come into sharper focus. Neither Giggs or Scholes have the legs to play alongside Carrick in a 2 man midfield. It was embarrassing in the last minute last night to watch two of Norwich’s players break from midfield with only Scholes chasing. For a man that was only on about 15 minutes his lack of ability when it came to a sprint was ridiculous.

    Yoga and Pilates will only take these lads so far.

  5. Andrew says:

    Rubbish performance but not a surprise. We won’t win the league because Ferguson can let Giggs and Scholes leave. How are they playing ahead of Cleverley, Anderson and Powell. Its stupid really. I feel sorry for Nick Powell because he should have got more chances, but has to sit behind 38 and 39 year olds.

  6. amno says:

    carrick the most ovr rated player in history of football + the old leg even can not run giigs when those 2 play togther united always lost last year wit wigan,man city,these year tottnham,norwich how on earth carrick still play for united ples fergi stop gumpplin fr united its not a 2 horse race thes year its 4 horse race relase carrick he use less nd pls old giggs u must retire

  7. eltricolor2014 says:

    Giggs must be thinking of retirement. He is a legend but every legend loses to father time. I think Scholes can still influential this season, at certain times you can sub him in or even start against park the bus teams. However, SAF has to start his younger players, if Cleverly seems out of form, bring in Anderson. SAF also needs to buy a legitimate midfielder. Juventus bought Vidal for $11M, we need to find such a player or at least buy Sniejder who has gone done in price. Against Norwich, start Anderson. But against Chelsea and City, you need a legit midfielder.