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Manchester United 1-2 Norwich City

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Norwich players celebrate
Norwich won at Old Trafford for the first time since 1989

Manchester United were booed off the pitch as Norwich earned a shock victory at Old Trafford, increasing the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal.

Despite all of United's possession, it was Norwich who took the lead in the first half through Cameron Jerome.

It got worse for the home side in the second half as Jerome broke clear to feed Alex Tettey, who poked in.

Anthony Martial pulled a goal back, but United's winless run is now six games while Norwich are out of the drop zone.

Juan Mata saw a free-kick from the edge of the area pushed away by Declan Rudd as the hosts went in search of the equaliser in the second half.

Centre-back Chris Smalling could have earned a point late on, but headed narrowly wide as United dropped to fifth in the Premier League table.

Van Gaal out, Mourinho in?

Many fans left the stadium early, but some stayed in their seats at the end of the match with a look of disbelief on their faces. The atmosphere was almost mutinous, with a loud show of resentment at both half-time and at the final whistle.

Average positions
Manchester United (left graphic) pushed men forward and left only Chris Smalling (12) and Phil Jones (4) in their own half. On the other hand, Norwich sat deep, with centre-backs Sebastien Bassong (6) and Ryan Bennett (24) almost playing from the edge of their own area

On a day when former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said he is looking to get back to management straight away, the weight of expectation was significantly ramped up on Dutchman van Gaal, whose job is now under increased scrutiny.

The manager decided to maintain his passive style for the match - staying in his seat as assistant Ryan Giggs barked out instructions from the touchline - but could not inspire his side to even a point.

This season's theme of a lack of goals but plenty of possession continued in this game for United, despite Frenchman Martial's first goal in nine Premier League games. It was only one of two shots on target they had. The Red Devils ended the game with a landslide 70% possession.

Christmas just got a whole lot tougher

Out of the top-four spots, United suffered their first home defeat of the season and their third defeat in a row. The last time they went six without victory in all competitions was in 1998 - the season they went on to win the treble. That won't happen this time, having been knocked out of the Champions League.

They now face a testing festive period which sees three games in the space of eight days, starting on Boxing Day at Stoke.

Will van Gaal be given the opportunity to turn the club's form around after back-to-back losses to promoted sides?

Canaries cock-a-hoop

The surprise scoreline allowed Norwich to climb out of the relegation zone, having won at the venue for the first time since 1989.

Dale Gordon
Dale Gordon opened the scoring for Norwich the last time they won at Old Trafford, back in 1989

The Canaries were well organised, playing on the break and anything less than the victory would have been disappointing for them after they earned their two-goal advantage.

Wingers Robbie Brady and Nathan Redmond epitomised the side's hard work, as Brady made four tackles, more than any other player. He also won back possession seven times - the same as team-mate Redmond.

Norwich deserved important win - Neil

Redmond's desire led to the opener, as he collected the ball before playing in Jerome, who kept his cool to slot in from inside the area. The goalscorer turned provider in the second period, as Norway international Tettey surged forward to double the advantage.

Substitute Youssuf Mulumbu could even have managed a third late on, but his low strike was saved by David de Gea, as Norwich closed out the game for a famous victory.

Man of the match - Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond
Norwich winger Nathan Redmond chased down every loose ball and provided a threat when in possession of it

What they said:

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal: "We've lost three matches in a row so it's not happening so much not for Manchester United. We cannot accept that and that's why we have to stick together and believe in ourselves."

Man Utd not good enough - Van Gaal

Norwich boss Alex Neil: "It's a really important win. We've been in most of the games against the bigger sides, our problem has been that we've been the makers of our own downfall if you like, but today we eradicated those mistakes. The boys were fantastic and deserved to win the game.

What next?

Manchester United face Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on 26 December, followed by a meeting against Chelsea at Old Trafford two days later.

Norwich travel to Tottenham on Boxing Day, before playing Aston Villa on 28 December.

The stats you need to know

  • Alex Neil (34 years, 193 days) is the third youngest manager to win a Premier League away game at Old Trafford, after Chris Coleman (33 years, 137 days) and Ruud Gullit (34 years, 62 days)
  • Norwich became the first newly promoted side to win at Old Trafford since Bolton in October 2001
  • Manchester United conceded more goals in this match (2) than they had in their previous seven home games this season combined (1)
  • United have hit a total of seven shots on target in their last four Premier League home games
  • Wayne Rooney became the 10th player to make 500 appearances for Manchester United in all competitions


Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 18Young
  • 4Jones
  • 12Smalling
  • 17Blind
  • 16Carrick
  • 27FellainiSubstituted forHerreraat 60'minutes
  • 9Martial
  • 8Mata
  • 7Depay
  • 10Rooney


  • 20Romero
  • 21Herrera
  • 28Schneiderlin
  • 30Varela
  • 33McNair
  • 43Borthwick-Jackson
  • 44Pereira


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13Rudd
  • 5Martin
  • 24Bennett
  • 6Bassong
  • 23Olsson
  • 22Redmond
  • 28O'NeilBooked at 27minsSubstituted forMulumbuat 82'minutes
  • 27Tettey
  • 12BradyBooked at 52mins
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forHowsonat 66'minutes
  • 10JeromeSubstituted forMbokaniat 82'minutes


  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Whittaker
  • 8Howson
  • 9Mbokani
  • 18Dorrans
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 32Odjidja-Ofoe
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Match Stats

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Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester United 1, Norwich City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, Norwich City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Mata with a through ball.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

  5. Post update

    Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Youssouf Mulumbu (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dieumerci Mbokani with a cross.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Dieumerci Mbokani replaces Cameron Jerome.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Youssouf Mulumbu replaces Gary O'Neil.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  12. Post update

    Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Gary O'Neil.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Norwich City. Gary O'Neil tries a through ball, but Jonny Howson is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Ashley Young (Manchester United) because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jonny Howson.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daley Blind (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

As It Stood

3Man City16102432171532
5Man Utd178542214829
6Crystal Palace179262316729
8West Ham166642521424
13West Brom175571723-620
20Aston Villa1714121431-177
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