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Key Events

D. Mbokani
C. Jerome
Y. Mulumbu
G. O'Neil
J. Howson
W. Hoolahan
W. Rooney
Assist
A. Martial
Goal
Ander Herrera
M. Fellaini
C. Jerome
Assist
A. Tettey
Goal
R. Brady
Yellow Card
N. Redmond
Assist
C. Jerome
Goal
G. O'Neil
Yellow Card
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0
3
2

Stats

Possession
% %
6
2
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 4
Total Passes 605 283

Commentary

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It's all over. The full-time whistle is greeted by a chorus of boos and jeers from the United fans, as further pressure is heaped on to Louis van Gaal and Manchester United. Norwich City deservedly claim their first Premier League win at Old Trafford and thus lift themselves out of the bottom three, however all of the post-match focus is going to be on the hosts and another poor display. That is their third successive league defeat and one has to wonder, how much longer can Van Gaal survive now that Mourinho is available and actively seeking to stay in England? 
FULL-TIME!
ALMOST THE EQUALISER! Smalling is effectively operating as a striker at the moment and he shows great movement to latch on to the forward pass of Mata. He gets between the Norwich centre-back's and directs a header goalwards, but he sends it just wide. Was that THE chance they were looking for?
There will be four minutes added on here.
There is less than two minutes to go until we are in injury time and it is Norwich in possession, while United's pressing remains rather stand-offish and certainly not urgent. Where is the desire?
United are running out of time, but their urgency doesn't seem to have been upped. In the day's of Sir Alex Ferguson, the confidence brought about by expecting at least one late goal in this situation would have urged an upsurge in noice from the crowd, but Old Trafford is flat at the moment. The fans are quiet and many already leaving. 
DE GEA TO THE RESCUE! So nearly a third for Norwich. The visitors have been very good on the break today and they look to catch their hosts out again. This time they come up the left and eventually find Mbokani in the right side of the area. He plays a good pass back to the edge of the area for the arriving Mulumbu, but the United goalkeeper palms it away after diving down to his left.
D. Mbokani
C. Jerome
Norwich City
The scorer of Norwich's first and creator of their second - Jerome - makes way for Mbokani. He's certainly no less of a physical threat.
Y. Mulumbu
G. O'Neil
Norwich City
The frst of Norwich's double change sees Mulumbu come on for O'Neil. The latter is hobbling a bit, perhaps the reason for this change.
Good save! Rudd has not been involved a great deal today, but on this occasion he is alert, as the goalkeeper springs to his left and pushes away Mata's free-kick effort. It was a good attempt from the Spaniard.
Good defending again from Norwich at the corner, as Bassong nods clear and then Brady hacks away. But United are still on the front foot. Mata combines well with Young, who plays a great low cross into the six yard box, but it goes straight across the face of goal and Depay can't get a touch.
United are constantly looking to Young at the moment. Again he gets a cross into the danger zone. Brady slices a volley clear and it goes as far as Herrera. The Spaniard goes for goal from some 30 yards, but it takes a deflection and goes for a corner.
Norwich have done well to stem the pressure a little in the last five minutes or so. United's reaction to getting a goal back was urgent, energetic and instant, but at the moment the visitors are doing well. 
Young is back on for United and straight back into the thick of it. He races beyond Mata and whips another cross into the danger zone, but it is flicked on by Brady, whose touch was crucial in taking it away from the lurking United forwards.
Young is in some pain now. The right-back has just been clattered by Brady and is in some discomfort in a heap now. He is seeking medical attention.
Well, United have at least made this interesting again. They are piling on the pressure and Norwich are looking a little nervous. They've still got quite a while to hang on.
J. Howson
W. Hoolahan
Norwich City
Change now for Norwich, as Howson comes on for Hoolahan, adding extra bite to the visitors' midfield.
W. Rooney
Assist
Manchester United
Rooney flicks on Young's cross, which ultmately landed nicely for Martial.
A. Martial
Goal
Manchester United
GOAL!!! UNITED HAVE ONE BACK! Young's cross from the right lands kindly in the lap of Martial, who somehow manages to evade the tackles of Brady and Bennett, before slamming an emphatic finish into the roof of the net. Game on!
Another United corner, another easy clearance, as Bassong heads away unchallenged. The hosts are almost caught on the break again, but this time Herrera manages to cut out a pass in the home side's half.
Norwich clear the corner straightaway, but United are attacking up the left instantly once again. Depay finds himself in behind the defence, but his low cross is blocked behind for a corner.
United are certainly playing with more urgency now, but they've still not forced Rudd into action. This time it is Depay trying to create and his cross is put behind by Martin.
Ander Herrera
M. Fellaini
Manchester United
Finally, a change for United. Fellaini makes way and is replaced by Herrera. Perhaps we will see a little more midfield invention now.
United at least have a chance from a free-kick now, as Young charges inside and is apparently fouled by Brady. The Irishman appeared to get the ball, but the referee doesn't think so.
United don't appear to have a specific game plan other than smacking hopeful crosses into the danger zone. It hasn't worked yet today, will it ever? Considering the quality of their crossing, you suspect not.
Our monitors keep cutting away to Van Gaal and his bench. They look flabbergasted and bereft of ideas. Is this the final straw for the manager?
C. Jerome
Assist
Norwich City
Jerome holds off his man, charges forward and then picks out the perfect pass.
A. Tettey
Goal
Norwich City
GOAL!!! IT'S NORWICH AGAIN! United are in serious trouble! Rooney and Carrick are guilty of being hesitant in the middle and Norwich pounce, seizing possession in an instant. Jerome does well, holding off his marker and then playing a fine pass through after spotting the run of Tettey and the midfielder makes no mistake with an excellent finish from 20 yards.
Mata is again the culprit for United, as the Spaniard looks for a simple pass across to the right flank but sees the ball intercepted by Brady. Surely Van Gaal will haul him off sooner rather than later?
R. Brady
Yellow Card
Norwich City
Out comes the yellow card for a second time today, as Brady is guilty of a cynical trip on Mata.
Great strength from Bassong. The Cameroonian is forced back to deal with Mata chasing a long ball. He gets his body the right side of the ball and then shepherds it back to Rudd. The defender has been very good today.
The Norwich free-kick comes to nothing and United are swiftly back on the front foot. Mata finds Martial and then continues his run towards the left side of the Norwich area, where the Frenchman finds him again. However, the midfielder's eventual cross is dreadful and goes straight out for a throw-in.
Good play by Redmond, as the winger picks up possession in his own half, darts up the right flank, taking on two challengers and then charging into the centre of the United half. Eventually the move comes to a halt on the left, as Olsson is fouled by Young.
Off we go for the second half.
The referee blows his whistle for the break, and there are plenty jeers and boos audible from the home support, while that pocket of away fans are heard cheering with elation. United have been poor once again. Unsurprisingly they have generally dictated proceedings, but there is little creativity in midfield, the final ball has been poor and Rooney just looks slow. It will get to the point for Van Gaal where the club simply decide such performances are not good enough; could today be the day?
HALF-TIME!
There will be a minute added on here.
Another corner goes to waste, as O'Neil blocks the delivery. It has not been pretty from the hosts in the last 30 minutes or so. How long before the home fans start chanting for Jose Mourinho?
Better from United. Mata finds space in the middle and stretches the play with a pass in behind the defence for Rooney. The captain has drifted over to the right and finds himself the crosser, but Olsson stands up to him well and concedes a corner.
This time it is a hopeful lofted ball into the area from Blind on the left, but searching for Rooney instead of Fellaini. Either way, the outcome is rather the same, as the ball takes a nick off a Norwich defender and Rudd is allowed to collect easily.
There is no instant response for United. Once again they hoist a high ball into the area towards the physical Fellaini, but yet again nothing comes of it. That's about as much creative inspiration that they have shown today. It's not pretty.
N. Redmond
Assist
Norwich City
Redmond ran at Jones and prodded the ball past him in order for Jerome to collect and subsequently fire home.
C. Jerome
Goal
Norwich City
GOAL!!! NORWICH HAVE THE LEAD! A devastating breakaway from the visitors! Redmonds runs at Jones, knocking the ball past him and far enough ahead for Jerome to pounce. The striker makes rides a challege from Carrick, holds off Smalling and strokes past De Gea. 
United win themselves a corner out of little on the left an it is taken very quickly. Eventually Young hooks it into the area and Fellaini nods it back towards Rooney, but Tettey is on hand to get in the way and clear.
Brady whips the ball into the area, but due to the lack of pace on the delivery, he gives his team-mates little to work with. Martial is quickest to it and he heads clear unchallenged.
Good play by Hoolahan, as the Norwich playmaker robs Martial of possession and then surges towards the United area. He runs across Mata and then forces the Spaniard into a foul on the edge of the area. This is a great position for the visitors.
The free-kick is taken very quickly by Depay, who immediately spots the overlapping run of Blind. His cross seems to catch United a little off-guard, but not Norwich, as Bassong is on hand to head clear.
Depay chases down a hopeful pass from Fellaini and manages to anticipate it better than Martin. He gets to the ball and cuts inside the right-back, luring him into a foul on the left flank. Another decent opportunity for the hosts.
Blind's set-pieces have been good so far and he delivers another decent one. However, it ultimately goes straight across the face of goal, with Brady getting a slight touch on it to take it away from Fellaini right in front of goal.
Young is once again at the centre of things on the right. The winger manages to get beyond Olsson and then plays a cross into the area, but his delivery is blocked behind for a corner.
Great defending by Martin! Olsson's clearance is charged down and drops kindly for Rooney. The captain plays a fine cross into the danger zone, looking for the run of Depay, but the Norwich right-back makes a crucial intervention and ultimately wins a goal-kick.
G. O'Neil
Yellow Card
Norwich City
There is the match's first yellow card. Martial had just cut inside O'Neil while on the break but was then caught by the midfielder's leg. Into the book he goes.
Blind heads over to take the corner and his delivery finds the group of United players in the centre. Smalling just about manages to rise above his marker and get a header away, but his effort goes comfortably wide.
Lovely play between Mata and Rooney, as the pair exchanges passes between each other twice. Eventually the captain finds the space for a shot and it is deflected wide for a corner. Smalling and Co. make their way up the pitch.
Depay whips the free-kick in from the left and a slight touch of a Norwich defender sees the ball deflect away from the danger zone. Nevertheless, United remain firmly on the front foot.
The Norwegian midfielder is involved again, this time in his own half as he himself is turned brilliantly by Depay, who lures Tettey into a foul out on the left flank. This is a good position and the hosts are crowding out the area.
That's a first sight of goal for City and it comes from good play in the middle, as O'Neil shifts the ball on to Tettey, who cleverly turns away from Carrick and lets fly left-footed, but his misses the target by some distance.
The visitors are really struggling with Martial's pace and movement at the moment. The Frenchman darts in from the right, playing a one-two with Mata before then charging towards the defence. He then looks for another give-and-go with Rooney, but Tettey tracks back well to tackle the United captain.
Norwich are finding themselves cut open at will at the moment. Mata this time drives at them through the middle, holding off a couple of challenges before poking the ball to Rooney in the area. The United captain shimmies the ball on to his left foot and digs a shot out, but his effort is dragged harmlessly wide of the right-han post.
Good play again from the hosts. Young does well on the right, squeezing a cross past Olsson. Norwich initially clear the danger, only for it to be hooked back into the danger zone. Depay keeps it from going out of play, nutmegging Martin in the process. He tees up Blind for a cross, which is also dealt with partially by the visitors. Eventually the ball drops kindly to the former PSV man on the edge of the area and he shoots just over.
Since the start, Martial has began to occupy a wider position further over to the right, with Rooney operating through the middle. The Frenchman is linking well with Young so far, this time taking the ball out of the air, holding off Brady and then setting up the right-back for a cross. Bassong hacks clear though.
OFFSIDE! United find the net but their celebrations are halted swiftly by the assistant's flag. Fellaini had drifted into an offside position as he received a poked pass from Mata, before setting Rooney up for the finish.
Depay has his first involvement of the match. He waits for the overlap of his compatriot Blind and the defender gets a low cross into the danger zone. Rooney gets a slight flick on it and knocks it past Bassong, but Rudd is there to pounce.
Young has started brightly at right-back for United. The winger's natural attacking tendencies are seeing him operate very high and in the process he is putting both Olsson and Brady under pressure. The Irishman has been one of Norwich's best attacking players this season, so the quieter he is, the better.
That's better from United, as the hosts suddently spring into life down the right thanks to a quick passing move between Mata, Martial and Young. The Frenchman feeds the makeshift right-back up the flank and he crosses, but Rudd deals with it comfortably.
A low key start at Old Trafford. United are seeing more of the ball at the moment, but they are yet to put together any moves of note, with Norwich so far doing all they need to at the back. One suspects that this could be a pattern that remains for a little while.
Off we go! Norwich get us under way.
The two teams are out on the pitch with kick-off just a few moments away.
Nevertheless, if there is ever a good time to play Manchester United then it is surely now. Under pressure in terms of their lacklustre performances, rigid and uninspiring tactics implemented by a manager whose apparent stubbornness is seemingly bringing his own job into question, Norwich will be looking to capitalise on the atmosphere surrounding United at the moment and winger Robbie Brady will no doubt be excited about the prospect of potentially getting one over on his former club. Certainly in the Irishman, Nathan Redmond and Wes Hoolahan, City have the ability to at least worry United's defence.
While United will be looking to avoid falling any further behind Premier League pacesetters Leicester City, Norwich have entirely different ambitions on their mind today. Alex Neil's side have won only once in 11 matches, accumulating a total of seven points from a possible 33. That form unsurprisingly has them lurking in the bottom three. A squad some have suggested is too good to be relegated, Neil has a lot of work on his hands, but he will not be able to draw much confidence from City's record at Old Trafford, a place they've not won at in the Premier League era.
Van Gaal has been able to make four changes to the team which lost 2-1 at promoted Bournemouth last weekend, with three of those switches unsurprisingly coming at the back. While Varela and Borthwick-Jackson did little wrong at the Vitality Stadium, they find themselves back on the bench, with Young and Phil Jones taking their places. Paddy McNair endured something of a nightmare and he too drops out, with Chris Smalling one of several to return from injury. Wayne Rooney is the final change and he comes into the side to make his 500th appearance for the club, replacing Jesse Lingard. He will likely slot in behind Martial, who is expected to lead the line. Ander Herrera is also back in contention but has to make do with a place on the bench, despite Michael Carrick's indifferent form of late.
Much of the talk with regards to United in the build-up has been revolving around the combination of their terrible form, growing injury list and the now looming presence of an unemployed Jose Mourinho lurking in the background to put extra pressure on Louis van Gaal. The Red Devils come into this match without a win in their last five in all competitions and playing particularly dull football, certainly according to fans, anyway. Nevertheless, the manager can take some solace in the fact that his injury list is not look quite so catastrophic for today.
Norwich subs: Ruddy, Whittaker, Howson, Mbokani, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Odjidja.
Norwich starting XI (4-4-1-1): Rudd; Martin, Bennett, Bassong, Olsson; Redmond, O'Neil, Tettey, Brady; Hoolahan; Jerome.
Man United subs: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, McNair, Varela, Schneiderlin, Pereira, Herrera.
Man United starting XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Young, Jones, Smalling, Blind; Carrick, Fellaini; Mata, Rooney, Memphis; Martial.
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Hello and welcome to the LIVE coverage of the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Norwich City. I will be describing the action for you today, as these two sides go head-to-head at Old Trafford, with the hosts hoping to stop their recent rot, while Alex Neil's men look to end a terrible run in this fixture.
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