Flying winger off to a flyer

Flying winger off to a flyer
United steps up
Manchester United's Juan Mata (C) scores a goal against Norwich during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England April 26, 2014.

SINGAPORE - l MAN UNITED: David de Gea, Patrice Evra, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley (Javier Hernandez 71), Antonio Valencia, Shinji Kagawa (Ashley Young 65), Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck (JuanMata 60)

l NORWICH CITY: John Ruddy, Russell Martin, Steven Whittaker, Michael Turner, Martin Olsson, Bradley Johnson, Robert Snodgrass, Jonathan Howson, Leroy Fer (Alexander Tettey 80), Nathan Redmond (Gary Hooper 69), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Johan Elmander 57)


(Wayne Rooney 41-pen, 48, Juan Mata 63, 73)


Giggs, as the old terrace chant goes, will tear you apart. And so it proved for poor Norwich.

The teenage starlet turned interim manager hit the ground running with a thumping, and much-needed, 4-0 win yesterday morning (Singapore time) in an emotional outing at Old Trafford. In the opposite dugout, Neil Adams, also an interim manager, albeit of rather less repute, could only curse the timing.

If the last man had been in charge, Norwich might have had a chance. With Ryan Giggs making his managerial bow in front of the supporters who have watched him as a player for over 20 years, the Canaries were always on a hiding to nothing.

And yet this game wasn't always as one-sided as the scoreline suggested. Norwich had an opening goal disallowed in dubious circumstances in the first half and provided obstinate opposition until Steven Whittaker's tug on Danny Welbeck gave Wayne Rooney the chance to break the deadlock from the penalty spot.

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