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This match was by no means a dead rub­ber, with both teams go­ing into the en­counter with plenty of in­cen­tive to claim all three points.

The hosts were aim­ing to col­lect at least a share of the spoils in a bid to bol­ster their hopes of avoid­ing the rel­e­ga­tion trap door, while the Red Devils were tar­get­ing no less than a three-point haul in or­der to keep the pres­sure on fourth-placed Manch­ester City.

Added to that, Louis van Gaal’s men were look­ing to avenge their 2-1 de­feat against the very same op­po­nents at Old Traf­ford ear­lier in the sea­son.

How­ever, the Red Devils were dealt a mas­sive blow shortly be­fore kick-off, as France in­ter­na­tional An­thony Mar­tial pulled up with a ham­string in­jury in the warm-up, prompt­ing Van Gaal to hand a start to An­der Her­rera and shift Wayne Rooney into the striker’s po­si­tion.

Sens­ing an­other win could be on the cards, Nor­wich started the clash on the front foot and put the vis­i­tors un­der a fair amount of pres­sure in the open­ing spell of play.

And United were dealt an­other in­jury blow in the 12th minute, when full-back Mat­teo Darmian picked up an an­kle in­jury fol­low­ing a foul on Nor­wich’s Ivo Pinto, and young­ster Cameron Borth­wick-Jack­son com­ing on to re­place the Ital­ian.

How­ever, that was the only real in­ci­dent of note in a drab first half, with United lodg­ing

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