Manchester United defeated Norwich City 2-1 on Sunday February 26, as reported ManUtd.com, and the deciding goal came from an important member of the United squad who put the cap on a brilliant day-Ryan Giggs. According to the report, the goal from Giggs came in the closing seconds of his 900th appearance for Manchester United, which in itself is a rare and brilliant accomplishment.
The win was important for United, because the team they are chasing in the title race, Manchester City beat Blackburn on Saturday the 25th of February. United now trail City by two points, and every game carries big meaning for both teams from this moment forward.
I was impressed that the United goals came from Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, but then again the pair have been working magic in red for a long time. It was also nice to see Danny Welbeck paired with Javier Hernandez, as the two had a bit of chemistry on the pitch. However, the real story for United fans has to be the performance of David De Gea. The United keeper again made several key saves to keep the game in order, and kept playing well after Norwich had tied the game. I was not convinced of De Gea's ability, but the last few matches have seen him play well.
While a win is a win, and the points are appreciated, United seemed to lack the ability to put Norwich away. Letting teams hang around 1-0 is always a risky proposition, but luckily Giggs was there to bail the Red Devils out of trouble after Norwich equalized. Down the stretch, the squad is going to have to play with better killer instinct to avoid letting any vital points slip away.
How can United fans not love that Giggs got the game winning goal in appearance number 900? Stories like that just seem to unfold once in a long while. The day truly belonged to Giggs. I was a bit disappointed that Sir Alex Ferguson did not grant him the chance for number 900 at Old Trafford, but there are apparently more records awaiting the United member, and he deserves them all.
Jason Gallagher is a long-time Manchester United fan, following the performances of the Red Devils since the days of Eric Cantona and David Beckham.
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