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26/02/2012 12:50, Report by Adam Marshall
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Player ratings: v Norwich

composed when helping out in defence. Almost played in Giggs with an intelligent through ball and teed up Ashley Young for a late chance when he must've been tempted to go for goal himself.

Paul Scholes: An outstanding display from the veteran, capped by the opening goal as he headed in from close range. A body swerve that deceived Hoolahan was another highlight and there was a trademark chest back to De Gea in a midfield masterclass. One stray pass allowed a shot on United's goal but it was only a blip as he was clearly one of the best players on the pitch.

Ryan Giggs: It's almost as if this was scripted. A flick over in the opening stages would have been a dream start and he was unlucky to volley against the bar in the second half but he was merely saving his best for last. A fluid, measured performance was punctuated by the injury-time finish that he celebrated as wildly as any Red, realising the importance of his latest priceless contribution at the end of his 900th appearance.

Danny Welbeck: A hard-working display full of pace and penetration but he will have been relieved to see Giggs come up trumps after missing a header from his experienced team-mate's cross with time running out. The England international also forced a couple of superb saves out of John Ruddy, one in each half, and, when he did beat the keeper, Zak Whitbread cleared.

Javier Hernandez: Set up an opportunity for strike-partner Welbeck and had a shot saved himself when unable to get the required power behind it. Substituted for Young after failing to get the clear run on goal he'd craved, despite coming deep to link the play effectively.

Substitutes:
Ashley Young (for Hernandez, 63m):
A nice ball to Evra was an instant impression on his introduction to the game but, after having a shot blocked, it was his centre that led to Giggs' dramatic goal.

Chris Smalling (for Giggs, 93m): Came on to help run down the clock after the late winner.

More: Gallery: Late drama | Giggs hungry for more

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