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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.

Gary O'Neil is down at the moment but is okay to continue after some treatment.

Herrera turns his man brilliantly, leaving him for dead, but his attempted through ball for Rooney is awful. It allows Norwich to spring forward through Olsson who bursts down the left to swing a cross in from the left. It's easily collected by De Gea, but it wakes the home crowd up a bit.

United players are starting to actually move and suddenly the look like scoring. Following on from that Herrera chance, Valencia is suddenly sprung free but his low ball across goal doesn't find a teammate after another good pass from Mata.

A neat move from United down the left sees Mata clips a wonderful ball down the inside channel into the box that Herrera is running onto. He opts to takes on a first-time volley despite having enough time for a extra touch, but lashes wide.

And United get us back underway for the second half. No changes from either side yet.

It's lovely outside, head out, find a beer garden and forget about this game. Norwich have had the better opportunities of a dull first half but they haven't been able to punish United for what has been another insipid performance.

Having lost Anthony Martial during the warm-up, United are also without Matteo Darmian now who was stretchered off with what looked to be a nasty achilles injury. With no Marcus Rashford on the bench, it's hard to see where a goal will come from for them.

Norwich could rue Cameron Jerome's missed opportunity in the first 10 minutes. While they have looked dangerous on the counter against United's chronically slow midfield options, they haven't been able to make the telling final pass.

Norwich vs Man Utd

HALF TIME: Norwich City 0-0 Manchester United

Three minutes of injury time added to this half.

Ruddy drops a Valencia cross with Rooney lurking but just about manages to gather it at the second time of asking.

United can break this time with Memphis cutting in from the left to take on Martin but the Norwich defender takes the ball off him at the first attempt.

United make nothing after a dreadfully boring phase of play that sees them harmlessly poke the ball across midfield with no one making a forward run. Norwich break it and spring forward on the counter through Jerome, who manages to cut his way into the box before going down under the challenge of Borthwick-Jackson. There are half-hearted appeals for a penalty, but it was a clean challenge from the youngster.

It's been a season of woeful statistics for United, but this one takes the biscuit.

Memphis takes it, but strikes it straight into the wall. But you knew that was going to happen, didn't you?

A bit better from United as they try to zip balls in between the Norwich lines, resulting in Mata being clipped as he reaches for Lingard's return pass. Free kick from about 25 yards out.

Another United move comes to nothing. After staying in possession for a minute or so, Valencia tries to step it up a gear, passing inside to Herrera before sprinting down the flank for the return. Herrera's ball back is a sloppy one, however, and Brady can easily usher it out of play.

Lingard jinks inside his man onto his right foot and curls one on goal, but it is straight into the arms of Ruddy.

What a chance for Smalling. Mata's corner is perfect, right into the six yard area where Smalling is running onto it. But from no more than four yards out, the United defender powers an easy header over the bar.

Mata lifts the free kick in that Bassong has to nut over his own cross bar.

Mata is hauled down about 40 yards out from goal and United have the free kick.

Again, no United player can keep up with Redmond who strides down the inside right channel. He cuts a ball across to Hoolahan whose cross/shot is blocked.

Memphis lines up a shot from 25 yards out and falls over as he takes it. Obviously. Luckily, it manages to nick off a Norwich defender and his side win a corner.

United have been downright awful so far. Norwich are beating them to every second ball, their intensity levels are towering over the opposition so far. United are on holiday.

Again, United surrender possession too easily with Redmond robbing Lingard of the ball. He races into space down the right before shifting it to Hoolahan. He sweeps it wide for the onrushing Olsson on the left but he can't find a man in the box,

Valencia rushes down the right wing and cuts an inviting ball back across goal but Norwich just about manage to scramble it away with Rooney lurking.

Lingard tries something intricate with Memphis but his first touch lets him down and the move breaks down. The Dutchman looks very rusty so far.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is on now to replace the stricken Darmian.

Darmian looks in absolute agony at the moment, a real worry with Euro 2016 just around the corner.

It looks like Pinto may have accidentally trod on Darmian's heel as they clashed in that incident. The Italy international rolls off onto the sidelines to get some treatment as Cameron Borthwick-Jackson begins his warm up.

Pinto cheekily nutmegs Darmian down the right but the Italian steps across to block him off the ball. It's a Norwich free kick, but Darmian is down and looks in real agony.

United ping the ball around harmlessly in the Norwich half but lose it carelessly as Mata tries to curl one out to the left. Norwich have had the best two chances of the game so far.

Just how slow this United team is was brutally exposed by Brady earlier on. Carrick and Mata turned like the Titanic in their attempts to track him; no one else had much luck either.

Lingard and Darmian get their wires crossed down the left and the former sends a simple pass out of play.

Jerome denied by De Gea! Redmond darts in from the right and lifts an excellent ball in for Jerome, who has easily outmuscled Rojo. He heads for goal, but De Gea reacts brilliantly to push it away. Brilliant start from Norwich.

Terrific run from Robbie Brady who tears up the field from left back, cutting across to the right and leaving United defenders in his dust. He tries to thread a pass through for Jerome but there is just too much on it, but Norwich can settle for a corner.

Looks like Wayne Rooney has been moved up front to replace Martial and Lingard and Herrera dropping in behind him. Memphis, back in the starting XI, makes an awful mess of a simple cross out on the left, hooking it clean out of play.

And Norwich get us started at Carrow Road.

Big blow for Manchester United ahead of kick off, Anthony Martial has picked up an injury and is replaced in the starting XI by Ander Herrera.

Louis van Gaal
Van Gaal arrives at Carrow Road. Getty
  • Man Utd can move to within a point of Man City win a win
  • Three points will see Norwich climb out of the relegation zone
  • Anthony Martial injured in warm-up

Rashford and Blind aren't carrying injuries, according to Louis van Gaal, the two are just being rested today.

Louis van Gaal said he would make changes and has kept to his word with Memphis Depay coming in for Marcus Rashford up front and Matteo Darmian returning to replace Daley Blind. There is also a spot on the bench for forgotten man Adnan Januzaj.

Louis van Gaal said he would make changes and has kept to his word with Memphis Depay coming in for Marcus Rashford up front and Matteo Darmian returning to replace Daley Blind. There is also a spot on the bench for forgotten man Adnan Januzaj.

Mo Marcus Rashford or Daley Blind in United's match day squad today, then? Possible injuries?

BREAKING: Memphis Depay returns to the United starting XI alongside Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard. Matteo Darmian comes in at left back while Wayne Rooney continues in midfield.

Manchester United team to face Norwich: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Darmian; Carrick, Rooney; Mata, Lingard, Memphis; Martial

Subs: Romero, McNair, Borthwick-Jackson, Fosu-Mensah, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Januzaj

BREAKING: Ryan Bennett misses out for Norwich due to illness, Cameron Jerome starts up front.

Norwich team to face Manchester United: Ruddy; Pinto, Martin (c), Bassong, Olsson; Redmond, Howson, O'Neil, Brady; Hoolahan; Jerome

Subs: Rudd (GK), Whittaker, Naismith, Mbokani, Bamford, Jarvis, Dorrans

Norwich and fellow strugglers Sunderland both have a game in hand on Newcastle United, who currently occupy 17th place. The Canaries could have counted themselves a little unlucky after their narrow loss to Arsenal last week but manager Alex Neil stresses there is no more time for excuses.

Like I have said before, we need to win games to make sure we stay at this level. It comes no bigger than this, it really is crunch time now. There is no room for excuses, we have got to go out and do the job. The players know exactly where we are. They gave it their best efforts against Arsenal, and I expect exactly the same this weekend.

Louis van Gaal wans't giving much away at his pre-match press conference this week but did indicate there would be changes to the side that drew with Leicester last Sunday. United have a crucial game against West Ham United following on Tuesday. Van Gaal said:

We have to assess the tiredness of the players because there's an overload of matches, so maybe I have to rotate.

"Fellaini is suspended so I will have to change my line-up. Every week you have something that you don't like, but I think we can manage.

Team news: Norwich City

City without Timm Klose, whose season is likely to be over due to a knee ligament problem and midfielder Alex Tettey. Ryan Bennett is also a doubt having struggled with illness this week, although Alex Neil told a press conference this week a late decision will be made on the defender.

Team news: Manchester United

United have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their clash at Carrow Road with long-term absentees Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger still unavailable.

Also missing is Marouane Fellaini, who is finally doing some time for that nasty elbowing business, with Leicester City's Robert Huth his latest victim. The Belgium international will serve a three-match suspension, but will be back in contention for United's FA Cup final with Crystal Palace.

When Norwich City left Old Trafford with three points back in December last year, it appeared Louis van Gaal's days in charge were numbered. He looked further out the door when his meek side lost 2-0 to Stoke City a week later. But with just a week of the Premier League season reaming, the defiant Dutchman is still in charge and is hoping to lead his side to an unlikely fourth place finish.

With Manchester City in action against Arsenal on Sunday, United can reduce the gap on their neighbours to just a point, with a game in hand to follow midweek. Van Gaal's side have found something resembling good form recently and are undefeated since their hammering at the hands of Tottenham in April. A loss today could end their Champions League hopes for next season.

Norwich City, along with Sunderland, have a game in hand on relegation rivals Newcastle United, who currently occupy 17<sup>th spot. Just two points separate the three sides; a win could conceivably see the Canaries haul themselves out of trouble.