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Mata Keeps Utd's Top Four Hopes Alive

Manchester United kept their top four hopes alive with a scrappy 1-0 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Louis Van Gaal was a dealt a blow before the game got underway, as Anthony Martial picked an injury in training and was forced to sit out.

The home side got off to the better start and nearly went ahead after five minutes but David De Gea produced a fine save to keep out Cameron Jerome's header.

United's first meaningful chance arrived after 28 minutes, as Chris Smalling met Jaun Mata's corner but he headed over from six-yards out.

The first half at Carrow Road was a scrappy affair and it remained goalless as the sides entered the break.

After another poor start to the second half, United took the lead after 70 minutes thanks to a calm finish from Mata, after some good work by Wayne Rooney.

Both coaches opted to re-shuffle the pack moments later, as Van Gaal introduced Morgan Schneiderlin, while Norwich brought on Patrick Bamford.

Schneiderlin could have doubled United's lead in the 85th minute, the Frenchman was played in on goal by Rooney, but ended up dragging his effort wide of the upright.

Nonetheless, the score remained 1-0 to the Red Devils at the full-time whistle and they now move one point behind fourth spot.



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