Norwich City played title chasing Manchester United on Sunday, with the Red Devil’s hoping to keep within 2 points of their local rivals who are leading the Premier League.
United fielded an experienced squad with Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs both starting, the latter making his 900th appearance for the squad. Lambert made 7 changes to the team that lost last weekend to Leicester in the FA Cup, with Grant Holt returning to the front line.
Norwich’s home form this season has been impressive with only 3 teams taking away all 3 points from Carrow Road and Man United could add their names to this list.
The reds took the lead after only 7 minutes when Nani crossed the ball in from the right, bouncing across the 6 yard box and onto the head of Paul Scholes, proving why it was the right move for him to come out of retirement.
Hernandez then should have done better of his one on one opportunity, but his effort on goal was easy for Ruddy to save.
Norwich were by no means out of this game though as they tested David De Gea, preventing Holt from scoring a header, then seeing a Johnson shot wide.
Good play from Giggs and Welbeck put the striker in on goal, but his chip, which cleared Ruddy was punted off the line by Zak Whitbread, who returned to the squad after injury.
Norwich came back at United with Elliott Bennett whipped a cross in for Holt in the 6 yard box, but De Gea read it well and collected the ball.
Giggs was having a great game, and despite being in his late 30’s, was causing lots of trouble for the yellows as he struck the bar with a close range volley.
De Gea proved his worth moments later, when Scholes was caught in possession by substitute Wilbraham, who powered a shot towards the top corner, but an outstretched goalkeeper brilliantly tipped it over.
Norwich can never be written off as we all know and the resulting corner was cleared, and then launched back into the area by Drury for Whitbread. He nodded the ball down to Holt who brushed off two defenders to equalise.
However, the reigning champions were never going to let the game finish in a draw as Ryan Giggs capped off his 900th appearance with a goal in the dying embers of the game. 2-1 was the final score keeping United within touching distance of the top spot and the Canaries remained in 8th position.
Andrew Surman was named the Anglian Home Improvements Man of the Match for his sterling display.