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