Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were on target for Manchester United in their 3-1 Premier League win at Norwich City
Manchester United missed two penalties but still eased to a 3-1 win at Norwich City to end their miserable away run in the Premier League and move up to seventh.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had not won any of their eight away league outings since February but were comfortable winners at Carrow Road on Sunday.
Scott McTominay scored United’s 2,000th Premier League goal with 21 minutes played before Tim Krul produced the first of two penalty saves to thwart Marcus Rashford, who redeemed himself with a good finish 30 minutes in.
Anthony Martial was next to be denied from the spot by Krul but the France forward went on to seal the points for United, with Norwich substitute Onel Hernandez’s late strike solely a consolation.
Three goals, three points. Job done #MUFC #NORMUN
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 27, 2019
Krul produced a superb save to keep out Martial’s header from point-blank range, but United were ahead less than a minute later through McTominay’s drilled finish into the bottom-right corner.
The visitors were awarded a contentious penalty with 25 minutes played, with VAR adjudging that Ben Godfrey barged Daniel James inside the box.
Norwich will have felt justice was done when Krul got down to his right to keep out Rashford’s weak spot-kick, only for the England international to control James’ searching pass and slot home for his 50th club goal in all competitions.
United could have extended their lead before the interval but Krul kept out Martial’s penalty, again awarded by VAR after Fred’s shot hit Todd Cantwell on the arm.
Martial was not to be denied in the 73rd minute after exchanging passes with Rashford and dinking over the onrushing Krul.
Norwich pulled one back with two minutes remaining when Hernandez took the ball from McTominay, raced through and fired past David de Gea, with Mason Greenwood unable to restore the three-goal cushion in stoppage time.
What does it mean? United slowly building momentum
Last week’s 1-1 home draw with league leaders Liverpool provided United with a platform to build on, and, following the 1-0 victory over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday, they have now recorded back-to-back away victories in all competitions for the first time since Solskjaer was appointed on a permanent basis in March.
This first top-flight win in five attempts lifts them back into the top half, seven points adrift of the Champions League berths.
Krul heroics not enough for Norwich
Krul became the first goalkeeper since Everton’s Maarten Stekelenburg in October 2016 to save two penalties in a single Premier League game.
Not only that, though, the Netherlands international also produced some fine stops – most notably his instinctive block on Martial’s header at 0-0.
United not made to pay the penalty
Paul Pogba, Rashford and Martial have all missed penalties in the Premier League this season.
United’s failure to convert from 12 yards has already cost them this season, but they had enough about them today to get the job done as they scored more than once in a game for the first time since the opening weekend of the campaign.
Key Opta Facts
10 – Aaron Wan-Bissaka has made 10 or more tackles in a Premier League game twice this season (11 today vs Norwich & 10 vs Southampton); prior to this, no Man Utd player had done so since May 2012 (Patrice Evra vs Swansea). Lockdown. pic.twitter.com/YPdN04u60w
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 27, 2019
– Norwich have lost more Premier League home games against United than they have against any other opponent, losing seven of their nine meetings at Carrow Road in the competition (P9 W2 D0 L7).
– United scored as many goals in this game as in their previous six Premier League away games combined (three).
– Rashford and Martial are the first pair of team-mates to have both scored a goal and missed a penalty in the same Premier League game.
– Krul became the eighth different keeper in Premier League history to save two penalties in a game.
Manchester United travel to Chelsea in the EFL Cup last 16 on Wednesday, while Norwich are not in action until heading to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.