Mata Strikes As Man United Chase EPL Top 4 Finish

Mata Strikes As Man United Chase EPL Top 4 Finish

Juan Mata struck in the second half as Manchester United defeated Norwich City  1-0 at Carrow Road on Saturday to keep the Premier League a top-four dream alive.

The win takes United to within one point of Manchester City with both sides having two games left.

Mata’s goal came in the 72nd minute of a largely poor game that lacked spark and intensity.

Norwich struggled to get going all match in the East Anglian sunshine, and now find themselves two points from safety in 19th place with time fast running out in the battle for survival.

The home side felt that they should have had an early penalty when Robbie Brady was tugged back inside the box as he tried to meet a corner, but referee Craig Pawson correctly waved play on.

A cagey opening 45 minutes actually began in a lively manner, as Norwich quickly raced out of the blocks and really should have opened the scoring when Cameron Jerome met a cross unmarked from five yards out.

Jerome, a scorer in City’s famous 2-1 win at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign, sent his attempt straight down the middle for David de Gea to easily collect.

United, already without rested duo Marcus Rashford and Daley Blind, saw their pre-match preparations disrupted further when Anthony Martial pulled up with an injury problem.