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De Gea denied Cantwell a fine seventh goal of the season during tough day at Old Trafford

Manchester United keeper David De Gea superbly denied Todd Cantwell when the score was still 1-0 at Old Trafford 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Manchester United keeper David De Gea superbly denied Todd Cantwell when the score was still 1-0 at Old Trafford Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Our latest Norwich City player watch followed Todd Cantwell as the young midfielder tried to make attacking progress during a difficult 4-0 defeat at Manchester United.

4 - Sam Byram intercepts a Fred ball to Juan Mata on the right, Cantwell cleverly hooks the ball to Kenny McLean in the centre circle but Alex Tettey loses possession.

8 - Good persistence, preventing Aaron Wan-Bissaka from getting a cross in from the right.

10 - Gorgeous switch from Emi Buendia to Byram on the left, Mario Vrancic prods through but Cantwell beaten to the ball comfortably by David De Gea.

16 - Chases Mata infield but doesn't get his foot in to halt an attack.

19 - Does well to get in front of Fred and prod the ball back to Grant Hanley.

24 - Works hard to dispossess Victor Lindelof, with United camped in City's half, Adam Idah wins a throw.

26 - Buendia prods left to Cantwell, who attacks and crosses low but Idah can't beat Harry Maguire to the ball on the edge of the six-yard box.

27 - Mata shows the advantage of having a left-footed winger on the right, drops a shoulder away from Cantwell on the edge of the City box and a lovely, dipping cross to the back post, Marcus Rashford times his run nicely and strokes the ball past Tim Krul from close range for 1-0

33 - Intercepts a Fred pass on the left, Vrancic gets the ball to McLean, who loses it on the edge of the box but Tettey thumps clear.

35 - Buendia with a nice switch to Cantwell in space on the left, Wan-Bissaka tackles back for a throw, as he so often does well. Cantwell then manages to jink his way forward but goes down under pressure as he tries to flick to Buendia, no foul given by the referee, who is close by.

38 - Limps away after being caught late by Fred as he exchanged a one-two with McLean in the United half, free-kick wasted and City end up going backwards.

44 - CHANCE - Krul kicks long and Lindelof heads straight to Buendia, who advances and pokes to Cantwell in space, who unleashes a lovely, curling shot towards the bottom-right corner, only for De Gea to pull off a quite brilliant diving save to deny an equaliser.

47 - Poor control from Buendia, McLean can't keep alive, Cantwell intercepts but attempt to get Idah into the box easily cut out.

63 - Buendia and Cantwell exchange a one-two on the edge of the box but Buendia is crowded out.

65 - City switch to a 3-4-3, Cantwell left of attack with Hernandez through the middle and Buendia on the right, as Vrancic and Idah are replaced.

77 - Drops deep to get possession and curls a nice pass to Buendia on the right.

82 - Exchanges another nice one-two with Buendia, shot is tame but Matic had hauled back Buendia and is booked for a cynical foul.

84 - VAR - Away end roar for a penalty as Maguire barges into the back of Cantwell in the box, receiving a pass from Buendia. VAR check decides no penalty should be awarded.

86 - Max Aarons wins a corner, cleared and Cantwell scuffs a shot, City keep working and eventually it's Christoph Zimmermann who drills a low shot, which De Gea holds.

VERDICT: Denied a seventh goal of the season by a brilliant save from De Gea, which could have totally changed the complexion of the game. Kept working and trying to create but two goals soon after half-time broke City's spirit as they struggled to compete with United's quality.

RATING: 6 out of 10


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