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Who was United's star man?

Patrice Evra
Michael Carrick
Shinji Kagawa
Wayne Rooney
Nemanja Vidic

Vote: www.manutd.com/polls

02/03/2013 21:06, Report by Ryan Grant

Vote: Man of the Match

Manchester United's routine 4-0 win over Norwich City - a result which restored the Reds' 15-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League - was achieved with a real team effort.

We've highlighted a number of individuals, however, who could be picked out as the Man of the Match, starting with the club captain, Nemanja Vidic.

Serbian skipper Vidic led from the back, dealing with the aerial threat of Grant Holt superbly throughout the game. His influence in defence was undoubtedly an important factor in stifling the visitors, particularly when they searched for an equaliser early in the second half.

Shinji Kagawa claimed three of the hosts’ four goals, in what was his finest display to date in a United shirt. The first strike came deep into the opening half, as a close-range volley gave his side the lead at the break. The Japan international regularly found space in attacking positions and profited again with 15 minutes to go, as he tapped in from Wayne Rooney’s cross. He linked with Rooney once more to seal his hat-trick late on with an exquisite dinked finish.

In the middle of the park, Michael Carrick was his usual calming influence for United, allowing the hosts to enjoy good spells of possession. He did the simple things well and rarely put a foot wrong, as Chris Hughton’s side were outplayed in midfield.

Wayne Rooney is the next on our list. After setting up two goals for Kagawa, he scored himself with a spectacular 20-yard strike in second-half stoppage time to add insult to injury for Norwich. He didn’t run himself into the ground as we have become accustomed to, as United kept one eye on Real Madrid, but was massively effective nonetheless.

The final candidate is Patrice Evra. His hard work at both ends ensured that he would be a constant thorn in Norwich’s side. The Frenchman had a relatively quiet first half, but shone as United broke forward more often in the second period.

Who will you vote for in our Man of the Match poll?

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