Manchester United 1-2 Norwich City: Countering Canaries shock Red Devils
- United’s stingy home streak broken
- Tettey, Jerome score for Norwich
- Martial gets lone Red Devils’ goal
Wayne Rooney’s 500th Manchester United appearance did not go as planned, and Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will be looking over his shoulder after Norwich City went into Old Trafford and shocked the Red Devils 2-1 on Saturday.
Cameron Jerome and Alexander Tettey scored on each side of halftime for the Canaries, while Anthony Martial pulled one back for the Red Devils off a 67th minute mess in the box
The loss was Manchester United’s first loss to a newly-promoted club since 2001.
United drops to fifth while Norwich leaps out of the drop zone and into 16th.
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It was clear from the get-go that Norwich would sit back and allow United to operate, and the Red Devils put together some solid combination play particularly on the left side of their attack.
Pushing through the middle found the ball in the back of the Norwich net, but both passer and shooter were offside in Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney.
Yet while United dominated, Juan Mata gave up a dangerous free kick to the Canaries from about 22 yards out. The 36th minute curler from Robbie Brady was easily handled by the Red Devils.
Norwich would find the lead when a counterattack had the Red Devils looking messy at the back. Jerome darted between defenders to power a point-blank shot past David De Gea. 1-0.[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]
2 - Cameron Jerome is only the second player to score an away goal in the Premier League against Man Utd at Old Trafford this season. Stun.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 19, 2015
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Tettey made it 2-0 just after half off a similar break going the other way, as Norwich killed the Red Devils with the pair of counter attacks.
Martial cut the deficit to one when he pounced on a loose ball in the box to give United hope on a rain-soaked pitch in Manchester.