United keep their hopes alive af­ter beat­ing Nor­wich City 1-0

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Manch­ester United kept their hopes of se­cur­ing Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion alive af­ter clinch­ing a 1-0 vic­tory over rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Nor­wich City at Car­row Road yes­ter­day. their first and only shot on tar­get on the halfhour mark when Jesse Lin­gard saw his goal­bound ef­fort com­fort­ably snapped up by John Ruddy in the Ca­naries goal.

The match ap­peared to be head­ing in the same di­rec­tion af­ter the half-time break, with chances few and far be­tween at both ends of the pitch.

Fol­low­ing squan­dered ef­forts from Her­rera and Mar­cos Rojo, the match even­tu­ally sprang in to life af­ter the hour mark.

Hav­ing seen Gary O’Neil fire high and wide in the 66th minute, sub­sti­tute Dieumerci Mbokani saw his shot from the cen­tre of the box saved in the bot­tom-right cor­ner three min­utes later.

In their quest to break the dead­lock, though, Nor­wich were caught nap­ping at the back in the 72nd minute. De­fender Sébastien Bas­song mis­judged a header, al­low­ing Rooney to latch onto the ball be­fore squar­ing the ball into the path of Juan Mata, who slot­ted un­der the ad­vanc­ing Ruddy and into the back of the net.

Nor­wich had two good chances to draw level a few min­utes later, but Cameron Jerome headed just wide, be­fore Gra­ham Dor­rans failed to hit the tar­get.

How­ever, United were able to hold firm in the re­main­ing min­utes, with Mor­gan Sch­nei­der­lin, Mem­phis De­pay and Her­rera all go­ing close to adding a sec­ond for the vis­i­tors.

The Ca­naries now need to win both of their re­main­ing two games, against Wat­ford and Ever­ton, if they are to stand any chance of beat­ing the drop. TEAMtalk Me­dia

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