[GIFS] Norwich v MUFC inc brilliant skills from Smalling and Rafael

Manchester United suffered their third defeat in the Premier League this season with a disappointing 1-0 loss away at Norwich City.
Whilst the result was obviously bad, the poor performance by the Reds that led to the loss was even more of a disappointment.
With Chelsea losing and City going top earlier in the afternoon, United should have been full of energy and determination to get the 3 points and increase their lead over Chelsea whilst overtaking their neighbors at the top of the table, but instead lacked any real drive or dynamism in a horribly flat performance.

However, as is the point of this site, I am here to offer you a beacon of light during the gloomy days. There were several beautiful moments on show from the team in Red. Here are my top 5 GIF Moments…

1. Ryan Giggs Dummy, Robin van Persie shot

Whilst the collective moans around Giggsy central midfield starting berth again proved to be justified, he was involved in several of Uniteds best attacking moments (created a game high 4 chances). Here its a nice dummy that sees the ball find Hernandez, his lay off to Robin van Persie allows the Dutchman the chance to test the Norwich keeper early on with a neat curling effort.

2. Chris Smalling defending

I really rate Chris Smalling. He makes defending look natural and its been great to see him back. He will not be happy with his part in the Norwich goal but he is still young and learning the game. This moment of defending shows how natural he makes it look to stop what would have been a Grant Holt tap in.

3. Chris Smalling Cruyff Turn

As the ball drops inside the area, Smalling pulls out a stunning Cruyff Turn to find space and get a shot away. Only a last ditch block stops what would have been a stunning goal.

4. Ashley Young backheel

After some great striker hold up play by Robin van Persie, he finds Ashley young who plays a first time backheel pass to Michael Carrick.

5. Rafael skill

Another solid game from Rafael to continue his so far excellent season. Like Smalling  he will learn from his part in the Norwich goal but bar that was full of commitment, energy and attacking verve. This was a beautiful moment of skill by the Brazilian full back whos stunning pirouette and jink past a second defender sees him get a shot away.

Man Utd GIF Goals


Bonus GIF Moments

Michael Carrick drops into CB – Intercepts, beats a man and drives forward.
Ashley Young beats his man and crosses
Weekly Diagonal Passing Comptiton feat Scholes, Giggs and Van Persie

For more reaction to the game read some of the best United match reports via Stretford-End.com and RedMancunian


10 thoughts on “[GIFS] Norwich v MUFC inc brilliant skills from Smalling and Rafael

      1. Bishopville Red

        I’m afraid too many crosses come in from his side, like the winner yesterday. Better and better going forward, still needs to learn going back.

  1. Ashwin

    My friend and I were actually wondering if you can find 5 ‘beautiful’ moments from this game. Great that you did find it, kudos. But United were not so Beautiful. A very dire performance.

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