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Updated at 15.06 BST
90+5 min: Herrera blasts over the bar after being teed up by Juan Mata as Manchester United attacked on the break.
90+4 min: Olsson plays it long from deep, but the ball finds its way to David De Gea, who’ll be in no big hurry to kick it back out.
90+3 min: Memphis takes the free-kick, curling it up and over the wall. It’s a decent effort, but flashes wide of the upright.
90+1 min: Gary O’Neil gets booked for a challenge on Juan Mata. A replay shows he might have been hard done by. Free-kick for United, just outside the Norwich penalty area. It’s dead centre .
89 min: The players and fans of Norwich City seem resigned to their fate, if the flat atmosphere at Carrow Road is anything to go by. If they lose this one, they’ll have to win their final games of the season against Watford and Everton to give themselves any chance of staying up. That said, if Newcastle and Sunderland also lose this weekend, it’ll be as you were.
88 min: Twice now, Adnan Januzaj has been told to warm up, before being readied to come on. Twice now he’s had to make the walk of shame back to the dug-out. Manchester United substitution: Michael Carrick off, Timothy Fosu-Mensah on.
86 min: Wayne Rooney picks out Morgan Schneiderlin with a wonderful inch-perfect pass, but in a one-on-one with Ruddy, the midfielder shoots wide.
85 min: Wes Hoolahan beats Borthwick-Jackson down the right and sends a cross into the edge of the six-yard box, where Marcus Rojo clears. Again, the cross was poor — Norwich are so toothless.
83 min: Norwich seem to have visibly deflated since that Mata goal went in, which is no surprise considering they were actually enjoying their best spell of the game when the sucker-punch came.
81 min: Manchester United go forward again, with Memphis on the ball down the left flank. He beats his man, but the ensuing cross is terrible. The young Dutchman puts his head in his hands with embarrassment. He’s having a stinker.
78 min: In fact Norwich City made a double substitution: Graham Dorrans has replaced Jonny Howson. They win a free-kick wide on the right, in line with the edge of the United penalty area. The ball’s sent into the penalty area, where Dorrans wins the header, but can get no direction on the ball. Well wide.
77 min: Man Utd substitution: Morgan Schneiderlin on for Jesse Lingard. Norwich City substitution: Patrick Bamford on for Cameron Jerome.
76 min: Jonny Howson goes down injured after coming out second best from a 50-50 challenge with Michael Carrick.
73 min: Sebasatien Bassong has had a shocker there, hideously misjudging the flight of the ball and enabling Rooney to hare past him into the penalty area. It looked like Bassong might have got away with his rick as Rooney got the ball caught under his feet before he could pull the trigger. Sadly for Norwich, the striker picked out Juan Mata who had sprinted 35 yards to get up in support. The Spaniard couldn’t miss from five yards.
Updated at 14.24 BST
GOAL! Norwich City 0-1 Man Utd (Mata 72)
72 min: Juan Mata opens the scoring, putting Manchester United ahead after a dreadful mistake by Sebastien Bassong.
Updated at 14.39 BST
70 min: Mbokani attempts a shot on goal but fires straight at De Gea from a promising position.
69 min: Increasingly, it seems like this match is there for the taking for Norwich, if they can only finish a chance. Manchester United look totally devoid of inspiration and are unlikely to find any on their bench. Gary O’Neil spoons an effort over the bar after good work from Olsson.
68 min: Michael Carrick attempts to quarter-back the ball into the path of Wayne Rooney from just outside the penalty area, but his pass is too heavy and eludes the striker on the left side of the six-yard box.
66 min: Good pressure from Norwich in general and Nathan Redmond in particular. Twice in quick succession the winger ran at the United defence before sending in wayward crosses.
65 min: From a corner, Marcos Rojo attempts to head the ball goalwards. His effort falls short and is heading wide, but almost falls into the path of Chris Smalling. A let-off for Norwich.
63 min: Curiously, it’s Robbie Brady who gets the hook as Dieumerci Mbokani joins Cameron Jerome up front. Norwich could do with Brady’s creativity — I presumed it would be Howson or O’Neil who came off.
62 min: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson flashes the ball acrossd the face of the Norwich six-yard box, but there’s nobody on hand to attack his delivery.
61 min: Dieumerci Mbokani is about to come on for Norwich. Will they leave Jerome on too and bring off a midfielder? We’ll find out very shortly.
60 min: Inside the Norwich City half, assorted Manchester United players pass the ball sideways or backwards five or six times in a row, before somebody picks out Memphis. Needless to say, he loses possession. He has been dreadful today, contributing absolutely nothing.
59 min: Gary O’Neil returns to action and play resumes.
57 min: There’s a break in play as Gary O’Neil goes down holding his back.
Updated at 14.02 BST
55 min: Actually, “dull” is probably the wrong adjective with which to try to describe this game. It’s been exciting enough, but seems strangely flat. Manchester United have fallen into bad habits and reverted to their pedestrian ways of earlier this season.
Updated at 14.00 BST
54 min: Martin Olsson charges down the left wing and sends in a cross. David De Gea gathers. There’s a burt of applause from the Norwich fans, who appreciate the innovation, if not the execution.
53 min: With Anthony Martial out, Marcus Rashford watching on TV up in Manchester and Memphis and Wayne Rooney struggling to make any sort of impact on this game, Manchester United are there for the taking if Norwich can raise their game. It’s been surprisingly dull considering how much is at stake for both teams.
52 min: Norwich go forward, with Martin Olsson looping a diagonal ball into the United penalty area. Chris Smalling clears with a meaty header.
50 min: Antonio Valencia gets in behind the Norwich defence and attempts to square the ball. Russell Martin sticks out a leg to make a crucial interception.
Updated at 13.55 BST
50 min: Wayne Rooney wins a corner for Manchester United — the ball going out of play off Sebastien Bassong. Rooney’s barely had a touch all game.
48 min: Manchester United dawdle towards the edge of the Norwich City penalty area, with Mata, Carrick and Herrera trying to find an opening. Juan Mata plays the ball over the top and it drops kindly for Ander Herrera, who’d given Jonny Howson the slip. He appears to slip as he attempts to volley it goalwards and can only find the side-netting.
Norwich City v Manchester United — second half is go!
46 min: Play resumes at Carrow Road, with no changes of personnel on either side. There are very slim pickings left on the Manchester United bench as far as goal-getters are concerned.
As is customary .
Hartlepool’s travelling army have gone to their final game of the season in fancy dress. If you don’t smile and go all gloopy inside at the sight of this, you have no soul .
Updated at 13.31 BST
28 min: Manchester United free-kick, wide on the right, a long way out. Juan Mata plays the ball into the mixer, where Sebastien Bassong heads the ball over his own bar from a corner.
27 min: Gary O’Neil attempts to dig the ball out from under his feet and fashion a shot on the edge of the Manchester United penalty area. He dilly-dallies a fraction of a second too long and Herrera blocks.
26 min: Martin Olsson wriggles down the left and attempts to pick out Jerome, but Chris Smalling is on hand to intercept and clear. There’s been some really great approach play from the Canaries, but their final ball leaves a lot to be desired.
Man Utd 3-2 Norwich: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick rescues hosts after blowing two-goal lead at Old Trafford
Match report and free highlights as Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick to edge Manchester United to 3-2 win over Norwich at Old Trafford; Kieran Dowell and Teemu Pukki pull Canaries back from two goals down before free-kick thunderbolt secures victory for hosts
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Sunday 17 April 2022 07:50, UK
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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester United’s win against Norwich in the Premier League
Cristiano Ronaldo sealed his hat-trick with a stunning free-kick to rescue a 3-2 victory for Man Utd over Norwich, having earlier blown a two-goal lead at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo’s second hat-trick in five games put some shine on another underwhelming performance from United, whose pursuit of a top-four spot was nonetheless strengthened thanks to defeats for rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.
They looked to be strolling to victory when Ronaldo was teed up for an early tap-in after Ben Gibson was caught in possession (7) and grabbed a second by nodding home Alex Telles’ corner (32).
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Norwich had created chances without threatening to defy their goal-shy reputation until Kieran Dowell headed Teemu Pukki’s cross past David de Gea on the stroke of half-time, and the Finland striker beat the offside trap to level seven minutes into the second period.
On an afternoon where the pre-match preparations had been overshadowed by widespread protests outside the ground against the Glazer ownership, the atmosphere around Old Trafford began to sour to the point that Paul Pogba was booed on his substitution at 2-2. However, Ronaldo’s 25-yard thunderbolt free-kick winner with 15 minutes remaining restored the good feeling around the ground, and put the hosts right back in contention to finish fourth.
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Hundreds of Manchester United fans gathered outside Old Trafford before Saturday’s clash with Norwich to protest the ownership of the Glazer family.
Norwich remain seven points from safety with six games to play, with their hopes of survival continuing to look increasingly bleak.
Man Utd:De Gea (7), Dalot (6), Maguire (6), Lindelof (6), Telles (5), Pogba (5), Lingard (7), Elanga (7), Fernandes (6), Sancho (6), Ronaldo (9).
Subs: Matic (6), Rashford (6), Mata (7).
Norwich: Krul (5), Byram (6), Gibson (5), Hanley (7), Giannoulis (6), McLean (6), Normann (6), Dowell (7), Lees-Melou (5), Rashica (7), Pukki (7).
Subs:Gilmour (6), Placheta (5), Rowe (n/a).
Man of the match: Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo saves United again to raise Champions League hopes
Debate has surrounded Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford since he joined from Juventus on Transfer Deadline Day last August but the six-time Ballon D’Or winner has dragged his side to results almost single-handedly at times.
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Without his goals they may well have failed to qualify from their Champions League group and his treble against Norwich could yet play a major part in reaching the same tournament next season.
Anthony Elanga deserved most of the credit for his opener, catching Gibson in possession and squaring for a simple finish, but his second was all of his own making with an excellent near-post run and header from a Telles corner.
His third, a direct free-kick goal which has become all-too rare for the Portugal forward in recent years, felt like a throwback to his first spell at Old Trafford with Krul beaten by the sheer power on his 25-yard effort, which he could only palm in off his near post.
Whether or not the 37-year-old does remain in Manchester for the second year of his contract will not be determined until the summer, but whether he does or not his contribution to United’s season is without doubt.
Low bar surpassed but United defensive issues continue
Man Utd’s defensive woes
- Conceded 44 Premier League goals — their worst tally after 32 games
- Kept seven Premier League clean sheets — their joint-fewest after 32 games
- No clean sheets in any of last five Premier League games
Manchester United’s recent run of form, winning only once since mid-February and failing to keep clean sheets in their last four games, offered Norwich some hope before kick-off and the absence of a defensively minded midfielder — with Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba operating in the double pivot — aided their belief.
But the number of chances created by Dean Smith’s side, who had scored only 20 league goals all season, and the ease with which Manchester United’s defence was opened up was far in excess of what any team chasing Champions League qualification would expect.
Before Dowell’s lifeline goal Pierre Lees-Melou wasted a glorious three-on-two opportunity when waiting too long to play Pukki through, while the Finland striker also blazed over from a corner when unmarked.
They could not blame Ralf Rangnick’s team selection for the dreadful defending which led to the forward’s equaliser either. Dowell’s long diagonal ball found him in space behind Telles, and with Victor Lindelof reluctant to close him down he raced through before firing in off De Gea’s near post.
Ronaldo’s individual brilliance would go on to reignite their chances of finishing in the top four, but more of the continued defensive lapses they produced against Norwich would go a long way to scuppering those hopes.
Rangnick: Not right to boo individuals
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Ralf Rangnick claims Cristiano Ronaldo once again showed that he was crucial to Manchester United after a hat-trick sealed all three points at Old Trafford against Norwich
Rangnick conceded the afternoon had been one of frustration with United’s on and off-field issues, but criticised fans for booing Pogba as he was substituted for Marcus Rashford moments before Ronaldo’s winner.
Footage on social media also appeared to show the France midfielder cupping his ears to the Stretford End before he headed down the tunnel after the full-time whistle.
Rangnick told Sky Sports: «To be honest I didn’t hear it, I was just informed in my office that there had been some issues at the end of the game.
«I can fully understand that the fans are frustrated, so are we and so are the players and the staff, but I don’t think they should target individual players. We have a collective responsibility, everybody here and that’s why I don’t think it’s right or correct to take on individual players.»
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