Norwich City v Manchester United: Player ratings

Player ratings for both Norwich City and Manchester United following their Premier League clash.

• Norwich City

8 John Ruddy: No better day to showcase his skills in front of Roy Hodgson. Ashley Young save, first half, the pick of the pile.


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8 Steven Whittaker: Fantastic awareness when United probed. Looks like he has operated in Norwich's backline for years.

8 Michael Turner: Brave, bold, fearless. Qualities Norwich needed in abundance. Now a key cog in the machine.

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8 Sebastien Bassong: Came to the fore in the closing stages when United pressed. Deserved his late reprieve from John Ruddy.

8 Javier Garrido: Sublime cross got the treatment it warranted. Nullified Antonio Valencia.

7 Alex Tettey: Intriguing battle within a battle facing Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs. Turbo-charged display.

7 Bradley Johnson: Stuck rigidly to the gameplan. Shielded Norwich's backline to help deny United space.

8 Robert Snodgrass: Ran himself to a standstill. Literally. Triggered those all-important attacking thrusts in the opening quarter as well.

7 Wes Hoolahan: The glue that binds the system together. Intelligent use of space and his usual sublime movement.

8 Anthony Pilkington: Superb header against the club he spent time with as a youngster. Extra-special.

7 Grant Holt: Kept United's centre backs honest all day. A shift for the team rather than for any personal glory.

Subs: Steve Morison (for Holt) 7, Jonny Howson (for Hoolahan) 5, Elliott Bennett (for Snodgrass) 5

• Manchester United

6 Anders Lindegaard: No blamed attached from Anthony Pilkington's floating match-winner. Competent.

5 Rafael: Got little or no support from Antonio Valencia. overloaded down his flank for the all-important goal.

6 Chris Smalling: Superb piece of covering to foil Grant Holt. Done by Pilkington's movement for the goal on the hour mark.

6 Rio Ferdinand: Looked uncomfortable when pulled wide at times. Sloppy in possession for someone of his undoubted class.

5 Patrice Evra: No longer the force of old. Robert Snodgrass was too cute for him on the day.

5 Antonio Valencia: Anonymous. Tribute to the work of Javier Garrido and Pilkington.

6 Michael Carrick: Neat and tidy as you would expect, but United's midfield lacked any real dynamism prior to Anderson's entrance.

6 Ryan Giggs: Fantastic vision to pick out Robin van Persie in the first half. His influence waned as the game elapsed

6 Ashley Young: Tested John Ruddy twice in the opening period. Prodigious talent, but United needed more on the day.

6 Javier Hernandez: Used up his goal allowance at Villa Park. Little change had out of Norwich's defensive line.

6 Robin van Persie: Two fresh air swingers on his right. Must be a contender for his worst performance in an United shirt so far.

Subs: Danny Welbeck (for Hernandez) 6, Paul Scholes (for Valencia) 6, Anderson (for Ferdinand) 6

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