Manchester United slumped to their first home defeat for this season in the Premier League, and their second in a row after last week’s result, as Norwich stunned the host side with two fatal counters in each half to take a 1-2 win from Old Trafford, with a clueless Van Gaal sitting on the bench, while Giggs was desperately trying to motivate the troop to get at least a draw out of the match as the final stages approached.
United were once again in possession of the ball, but failed to trouble the opposition, and were caught on a quick break on the 38th minute, with Jerome finishing the move despite De Gea’s attempt to palm the ball out. The United fans tried to boost the morale of the players, but nothing doing as the score remained unchanged till half-time. 10 minutes in the second half, and Norwich produced another deadly counter-attack to double the lead, this time Jerome assisting Tettey with a neat finish from the latter to keep De Gea rooted to the spot as the ball nestled into the net. United however found a consolation on the 67th minute, as Martial, with some luck, stuck home Rooney’s deflected header, but United failed to build up from there despite many crosses in the box, and Smalling even missed a late chance to level the score as he headed just wide. Boos rang around the stadium as the match came to an end, with United now out of the top 4 as Tottenham leapfrogged them with a win of their own. More gloom seems to wait ahead as United will visit Stoke on Boxing Day, then a match against Chelsea, which has already registered a win today after sacking Mourinho, while in a pre-match interview, Van Gaal insisted he did not want to end his managerial career with a sack, but recent performances seem to hint at this exact route which may be building up for him as well should the management of United start thinking about the matter.