Half-Time Report: Shinji Kagawa nets opener on stroke of half time

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson at the Liberty Stadium on December 23, 2012
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Shinji Kagawa's goal on the stroke of half time hands Manchester United the advantage against Norwich City.

Shinji Kagawa scored on the stroke of half time to give Manchester United a deserved lead against Norwich City.

In a cagey opening to the contest, neither side was able to produce any clear opportunities as the defenders enjoyed early superiority at Old Trafford.

The hosts started to control possession as the first half progressed, forcing Norwich into defending deep inside their own half.

Chances were difficult to come by for United but Wayne Rooney was unlucky not to test Mark Bunn when his shot was blocked following some impressive play by Anderson in midfield.

Despite not providing much attacking threat, Norwich looked as though they would survive until half time but Kagawa ruined the visitors' intentions as the former Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder opened the scoring from close range.

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