Juan Mata
Mata celebrates winner at Carrow Road. Getty
  • Juan Mata goal keeps Manchester United's top four hopes alive
  • Norwich could be five points adrift from safety if Newcastle win this afternoon
  • United lost Martial to injury in warm-up and Darmian in first half to injury

That's it. Norwich's relegation crisis deepens. Should Newcastle United win at Aston Villa this afternoon, they will be be five points adrift of safety by the end of the day. This was a game they had to win.

United meanwhile escape with three points that keeps their Champions League hopes despite looking woeful for most of the contest.


United have the chance to kill this game off as Herrera ventures forward with Rooney and Mata either side of him. He opts for his countryman, who slots the ball back to him on the edge of the box, but Herrera blasts a while effort over the bar.

And that will be that, it's full-time at Carrow Road.


Just over a minute of this match remaining.


Close from Depay! After a poor game, he almost finds the far corner with a wicked effort from that free kick, but it just veers the wrong side of the post.


Mata tries to get into a shooting position about 25 yards out but is crunched by a sliding challenge from O'Neil. It looked a good challenge, but United are instead awarded the free kick.


Five minutes of injury time added on here.


Chris Smalling makes a brilliant clearing header, nutting the ball away from Mbokani at the very last second. Fosu-Mensah gets to the loose ball on the edge of the box and cleverly wins a free kick for his side that will relieve some pressure.


Another change for United; it was meant to be Adnan Januzaj coming on but Michael Carrick may have picked up a slight knock with Timothy Fosu-Mensah coming into replace him instead.


Great play from Rooney. Out on the left, he holds his run to stay onside and slides a cute reverse pass in for Schneiderlin who has made a bursting run into the box. The Frenchman looks for the far corner, but drags a poor effort wide of Ruddy's goal.


Oh Rojo. After taking an age to clear the ball, the Argentine slips and almost allows Bamford in but just about manages to hook it away.


Memphis comes alive down the left, drifting past Pinto with ease but not for the first time today, he over hits his cross and it sails out of play.


A decent ball comes into the box but Dorrans is the only man really attacking the ball and his header is well off target.


Borthwick Jackson is penalised for handball and Norwich can swing a free kick in from out on the right.


Alex Neil has also played his final hand, Patrick Bamford on for Jerome with Dorrans on the injured Howson. Just over 10 minutes of the match remaining.


Adnan Januzaj was all set to come on for United. None of that now with his side now winning, Morgan Schneiderlin is onto replace Jesse Lingard instead.


Norwich have another problem here, Howson is trudging off having injured his knee in a tussle with Carrick.


United take the lead! Valencia lifts a ball down the right wing that catches Bassong out too easily. It allows Rooney in behind and he jinks into the box and inside past Martin, shaping to shoot. Instead, he checks back and cuts the ball into the path of Mata who has the easy task of sweeping into the bottom corner.


Goal! Norwich City 0-1 Manchester United (Juan Mata, 71)


Adnan Januzaj looks like he is preparing to come on for United.


Yet another move breaks down as Carrick sweeps a ball out to the left to precisely no one. It's getting worse.


A poor header from Borthwick-Jackson gives O'Neil the chance to whack a volley on goal but his effort is always sailing over.


Borthwick Jackson valiantly chases down an overhit pass and wins a corner for his side. Mata swings in and Rojo thumps it across goal, but the whistle has already gone and it is a Norwich free kick.


Norwich have to go for this and Alex Neil will make the change to prompt that. Robbie Brady trots off, Dieumerci Mbokani replaces. him. 4-4-2 for the home side.


Another United attack breaks down after a sloppy pass. Herrera's tries to cut the ball back to Rooney on the edge of the box but Howson reads it easily and cuts the ball out. The Spanish midfielder's passing has been dreadful at times today.