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