London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata scored two goals apiece as Manchester United welcomed interim manager Ryan Giggs with a 4-0 win over Norwich City Saturday at Old Trafford.
Manchester United tabbed Giggs, the longest-serving player on the team, as interim manager after David Moyes was fired Tuesday.
Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Giggs to take on the job full-time, and the hosts displayed an early intensity of the kind associated with the Scot’s reign.
Much of United’s first-half work lacked penetration, but Rooney scored a penalty four minutes before half-time and doubled his tally three minutes after the break.
Substitute Mata struck twice to complete the scoring, leaving the crowd of 75,208 at Old Trafford delighted.
Giggs made six changes to the side beaten by Everton last weekend with Mata on the bench and Marouane Fellaini not making the match.
Hull City erased a two-goal lead and forced a 2-2 draw with Fulham, salvaging a valuable point at Craven Cottage.
Substitute Ashkan Dejagah put Fulham ahead with a wonderful strike 10 minutes into the second half. Three minutes later, Felix Magath’s side looked home and dry when Fernando Amorebieta headed home his first goal for the club.
However, Magath could only look on as Sascha Riether crashed a clearance against his own crossbar, allowing Nikica Jelavic to head home with 14 minutes to play.
In the 87th minute, Shane Long scored to give Hull 37 points to remain in 15th spot. The point put Fulham into 18th above Cardiff City.
Swansea City dragged Aston Villa deeper into the relegation battle with a 4-1 win at Liberty Stadium.
The win gave Garry Monk’s side eight points clear of the relegation zone while Villa remained just four points ahead of Fulham.
In other matches, West Bromwich Albion defeated West Ham United, 1-0; Southampton blanked Everton, 2-0; and Tottenham Hotspur downed Stoke City, 1-0.