In a busy game, Manchester United beat Norwich 3-1 away on Sunday and moved away from the ghost of the relegation zone. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored, but also missed a penalty each, as legendary Dutch keeper Tim Krul saved both. Scott McTominay opened the scoring and scored United’s goal number 2000 in the Premier League. In the end, Hernandez scored the consolation to Norwich.
With the result, the Red Devils reach 13 points and are in the seventh position.
Needing the result, Manchester United went up and opened the scoring with McTominay. On 21 mins, the young defensive midfielder got the rebound inside the area and fired home past Krul, through a strong finish. With this goal, United becomes the first club to reach the 2000 goal mark in the Premier League.
After the historic goal, Man United kept on attacking and were awarded a penalty, as Daniel James was brought down inside the area. Rashford was the taker, however, he stopped at Krul’s hands. For those who don’t remember Krul, he’s the legendary Dutch keeper that was subbed in the 2014 Brazil World Cup in the extra time, a little while before the penalty shootouts, as the Dutch manager, Louis van Gaal, did not really trust Jasper Cillessen. On that occasion, Krul got the job done and denied a couple of penalties to make Holland go to the Semifinal.
However, even with the missed pen, the Red Devils were up to score, and Rashford redeemed himself. On 30 mins, Rashford received from James and beat Krul to make it 2-0 United.
By the end of the first half, United had yet another penalty awarded. This time, Martial stepped up, but once again, Krul was there to save Norwich of a larger defeat.
In the second half Norwich tried a reaction, but nothing too dangerous. Teemu Pukki had a chance but did not take advantage. Without suffering in the defensive system, United continued with the dominance of the match.
On 73, Martial also redeemed himself and made the third. The Frenchman combined with Rashford and lifted the ball over Krul. 0-3 Man United. Norwich even got to a consolation, through a beautiful solo play from Hernandez, on 88, but it was already too late for a reaction. In the end, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side won 3-1 away.