Written By: Sam P – The Peoples Person – www.thepeoplesperson.com
Game, set, match. Manchester United started the game strongly and were rewarded 20 minutes in when Adnan Januzaj was taken down with a silly challenge inside the area. If you were a betting man, you would have backed Chicharito to score and he made no mistake from the spot.
United dominated the rest of the first half and got an early goal in the second through Hernandez once again that put us in firm control.
From then on, there was only going to be one winner in what was a one sided game where Norwich rarely threatened Lindegaard’s goal.
Jones made it three with a lovely volleyed finish as the game went on and Fabio scored a delightful goal after a fabulous Rooney pass to wrap up a comfortable win.
Take a bow Januzaj. Given that you can count how many starts Januzaj has made for United on one hand, you’d expect him to still be finding his feet on the big stage. Wrong. By the looks of it, he is already sitting on armchair with some slippers on such is his confidence.
It isn’t arrogance, it is just plain talent. He reads the game quicker than most and looks like he knows what pass he is doing before he has the ball. His back heel after 20 minutes wasn’t a show boat, it was the only way he could get the pass out.
Januzaj nearly curled in a stunner just after the half hour mark and he waltzed for the rest of the game, even doing his part in defence. What a player.
Moyes took him off so that he could get a standing ovation and the more minutes he plays for United, the better he gets.
Nice to see you Zaha. Twice within the first 15 minutes, Zaha showed what he is all about. He beat his man and ran into space down the right before firing in a decent cross. That is his bread and butter.
And he put in a great shift physically, too. He tracked his man back, doubled up with Rafael and burst forward when United counter attacked.
Given that he knew how important it was to put in a good performance as his opportunities would be limited, Zaha played very well and certainly gave David Moyes food for thought as to who his first choice wingers are.
Three wins on the trot. Crisis – what crisis? Rewind three weeks ago and United were in dire straits. Now we have found some form, the incessant rumblings of overly pessimistic United fans has died down somewhat.
It was a very professional performance tonight from a young United side that included Januzaj, Zaha, Jones and Cleverley yet they achieved precisely what they set out to do without really breaking a sweat.
That will give Moyes a boost of confidence safe in the knowledge that when called upon, his squad can deliver such a rounded performance.
Next up, a tough game against Fulham away at the weekend.
Strength in depth. United have always had their strength in depth and tonight they showed that nothing is different under Moyes. A lot of fringe players put in some really good performances tonight.
Phil Jones and Tom Cleverley controlled the midfield and Javier Hernandez showed just why Moyes needs to give him more playing time. He has now scored 12 goals in his last 16 starts.
Over the course of the season, it isn’t going to be the starting XI that wins United any silverware, it will be the squad. In that respect, we look very strong.