Highlights, Statistics, & Post-Match Quotes | Norwich City 1-2 Manchester United

HIGHLIGHTS


TEAM STATISTICS

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Norwich

United

Shots (on target)

16 (5) 11 (7)

Total Passes

325 504

Passing Accuracy

74% 85%

Ball Possession

43% 57%

Tackles won

13 13

Interceptions

8 15

Fouls

9 11

Corners

4 4

Offsides

0 1

PLAYER STATISTICS

* David de Gea (goalkeeper): 8/21 passing (38%), 1 goal conceded, 4 saves

* Jonny Evans (right-center-back): 46/52 passing (88%), 4/4 long balls, 1 tackle, 3 interceptions, 7 clearances, 2 shots blocked, 3 fouls

* Rio Ferdinand (left-center-back): 43/49 passing (88%), 4/7 long balls, 2 tackles, 1 interception, 12 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls

* Phil Jones (right-back): 44/56 passing (79%), 2 key passes, 2/8 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 1 tackle, 1 interception, 7 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 1 foul

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 31/38 passing (82%), 0 key passes, 0/1 crosses, 2/4 long balls, 1 tackle, 3 interceptions, 3 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 2 fouls

* Michael Carrick (central-midfield): 88/101 passing (87%), 1 key pass, 0/0 crosses, 4/5 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 2 tackles, 1 interception, 0 shots

* Paul Scholes (central-midfield): 73/80 passing (91%), 0 key passes, 0/0 crosses, 10/11 long balls, 0/1 through balls, 2 successful dribbles, 2 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 shots (1 on target), 1 goal

* Nani (right-winger): 53/60 passing (88%), 2 key passes, 1/8 crosses, 2/4 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 2 fouls won, 1 tackle, 2 interceptions, 0 shots, 1 assist

* Ryan Giggs (left-winger | substituted off 90+'): 44/51 passing (86%), 2 key passes, 0/5 crosses, 3/3 long balls, 2/2 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 tackle, 1 interception, 3 shots (1 on target), 1 goal

* Javier Hernandez (striker | substituted off 63'): 16/19 passing (84%), 1 key pass, 0/1 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 shot (1 on target)

* Danny Welbeck (striker): 44/49 passing (90%), 1 key pass, 0/1 crosses, 0/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 2 fouls won, 4 shots (4 on target)

* Ashley Young (left-winger | substituted on 63'): 15/17 passing (88%), 2 key passes, 1/1 crosses, 4/4 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 1 shot (0 on target), 1 assist

* Chris Smalling (defender | substituted on 90+'): no statistics in brief appearance

POST-MATCH QUOTES

Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of MUTV)

(Overall thoughts on the result and the match...) "It's a great result and it will have an impact. Everyone knows we never give in and no matter who plays us they know they're going to have to play right until the very death. I have to say though we were lucky. Norwich were the better team and they had more purpose about them. They kept crossing the ball into our box and but for Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand and David De Gea we'd have been behind. The three of them were brilliant. I thought we were lethargic and too casual on the ball. But when we lost the goal we played brilliantly. That tells you something about the temperament of the players. They didn't get nervous, they kept playing and started to up their game, and that augurs well for us. Norwich deserved a point really today, but we scored a great winning goal and that was when you saw [the real] Manchester United."

(On Ryan Giggs...) "To score the winning goal with the last kick of the ball in his 900th game -- I think his career deserved that. It was a marvellous finish and a great cross from Ashley Young. For a player to play for one club for 900 games is exceptional and it won't be done again - an amazing career and an amazing man."

Ryan Giggs | MUFC midfielder (courtesy of MUTV)

(Overall thoughts on the match and on the late winner...) "I think it's team spirit. Knowing we are going to create chances late on. Probably today was frustrating as we created more chances in the last eight minutes or so than we did in the whole game. That's probably frustrating for the fans and the manager but credit to the lads as well. We kept going when our heads could have quite easily gone down. Norwich put us under a lot of pressure but we kept going and got the goal. It was a mixture of things really. Do Norwich stick or twist? Do they try and defend the draw or go for it? Obviously, we always go for the win and we've got players on the park who can score and create goals. Ashley [Young] came onto the pitch and put in some great crosses, obviously like the one for my goal, so we've got goals from all areas."

(On the title race...) "We'll know more at the end of the season. The pressure was on us today. Obviously, City played yesterday and won quite easily but Norwich is a tough place to come and we've managed to dig the result out. It's an important win for us."

(On his goal celebration...) "You've seen that from the celebrations right in front of the fans. And late on. It doesn't get any better than that. It's a feeling that won't change whether you're 17 or 38 like I am now. To play for such a great team, a great club and the team I've supported and grown up with, it's obviously special to play 900 games. I'll keep going and hopefully there's more goals to come."

Paul Scholes | MUFC midfielder (courtesy of MUTV)

(On the importance of the result...) "There's no doubt we had to win today and we might not have done after them equalising. There was a chance we could lose a second goal as well but we needed to win. There's no point drawing games so we were throwing everyone forward going for that goal, as we will do in any game, and I'm sure we will do the same thing again. It doesn't always happen but, today, it did. Of course, three points instead of one is a big difference. That's what we're here to do now. We realise we may have to win every game to win the league but we're ready and prepared to do that. Hopefully, we can do it."

(On Ryan Giggs...) "I'm happy to be back and can hopefully go some way to helping the team do well. Ryan is amazing. Just to play that amount of games for a top club is a great achievement from him and he's still going strong as he proved throughout the game and, thankfully, getting us the winner in the last minute. It was almost as if it was written for him really. 900 games is amazing and to do it for one club and Manchester United is even better. To win us the game after they equalised, it was a great day for him and the team as well."

(On Sir Alex's claim that United didn't pick it up until late...) "He's probably right. I think we had a couple of openings in the first half and they were decent chances, but we didn't manage to put them away. At grounds like this, they are always coming at you if you don't get the second goal. It can be a difficult afternoon, as it proved with them getting their goal. We knew it was a difficult place to come and getting a start like that was great but, for one reason or another, we didn't really build on that. They managed to equalise but Ryan managed to save us."

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