Manchester United got back to winning ways with a 4-0 victory at home to Norwich on Saturday. A brace from Marcus Rashford and further goals from Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood capped a fine victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side, who were posed no problems by the Premier League’s basement club.
United laid siege to the Norwich penalty area from the first whistle, with the visitors reduced to a reliance on last-ditch defending. For all their possession, however, United lacked a clinical edge, and it took a moment of Juan Mata brilliance just short of the half-hour for the deadlock to be broken. Darting in off the right, Mata curled an inch-perfect cross towards the back post, where Rashford arrived to prod home.
The hosts pushed for a second, but a succession of chances and half-chances went to waste through profligate finishing. Come the stroke of halftime, and Norwich appeared to have ridden out the storm. Only a late intervention from the brilliant Aaron Wan-Bissaka prevented the Canaries from surging through on the counter after a mistake by Brandon Williams, shortly before an otherwise untested David de Gea made a superb stop to deny Todd Cantwell.
United needed a second goal before they could relax, and they were gifted one within five minutes of the restart. An overly eager Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul brought down Williams on the left side of the penalty area, and Rashford stepped up to squeeze the penalty beyond the Dutchman’s outstretched hand and into the bottom-right.
Within two minutes, it was three. Martial, so wasteful in the first half, made amends by leaping to flick home a floaty Mata cross and kill the game off. The floodgates had opened, and Williams should have added a fourth before the hour. Instead, he contrived to produce one of the misses of the season, skying a squared Andreas Pereira pass over the top of an empty goal from point-blank range.
With a quarter-of-an-hour left, United did score a fourth. Super-sub Greenwood had barely been on the pitch two minutes by the time he rifled home from the edge of the Norwich penalty area, once again demonstrating the knack for goals that could see him flourish into a world class talent. It proved the final goal of a productive afternoon, in which only one side ever looked likely to win.