A game Manchester United simply had to win to have any chance of scraping a place in next seasons Champions League and win they did. Although there was nothing to enjoy about the performance from United. It was very difficult to watch the team in red with the red devils line up showing a distinct lack of pace. It would be simplistic and naïve to say that its the result that maters but when this is the norm from this team you can only be furious with these performances.
The first half was eventless. The only notable thing to happen was Matteo Darmian coming off with a nasty looking injury. It was typical of Louis van Gaal’s team this season with the lack of forward movement frankly scary to watch. Wayne Rooney provided nothing upfront in the first half with the skipper providing no movement in behind the Norwich defence and offering very little in terms of hold up play. The team was in desperate need of pace with Anthony Martial injured in the warm up and Marcus Rashford bizarrely rested. The formation was unbalanced with Juan Mata yet again shifted out wide and Jesse Lingard playing in in Mata’s number 10 role.
Manchester United started the second half with more forward intent but in truth it was still of poor quality. Ander Herrera had United’s first real chance of the game but like United’s performance it was lacklustre and only found the side netting. Norwich provided nothing going forward and it was only after a misjudgement from Sebastian Bassong Wayne Rooney was able to get in behind and coolly pick out Juan Mata who slotted home with a neat finish. That was the only notable chance either team created and the game fizzled out and ended 1-0 to Manchester United.
A game that was just so typical of this season for Manchester United. It was just incredibly boring you can find more excitement in a game of walking football than watching this United team. The best thing about this performance was when the referee blew the whistle for full time.
David De Gea: 7- Wasn’t tested very much but was solid as usual and his command of the box was excellent.
Antonio Valencia: 7- United’s best attacking threat and wasn’t troubled defensively.
Chris Smalling : 7- Kept the Norwich strikers quiet and had a faultless game.
Marcos Rojo: 5- Looked a liability throughout the game but wasn’t spectacularly bad today.
Cameron B-Jackson: 5- Decent going forward but looked exposed at times defensively.
Michael Carrick: 5- Didn’t pass forward enough and didn’t influence the game at all.
Jesse Lingard: 4- Did nothing meaningful and looked lost playing centrally.
Ander Herrera: 6- Not his best game but he tried to be positive and was neat on the ball.
Juan Mata: 7- Struggled playing out of position but got the winning goal and looked decent at times.
Memphis: 3- Offered nothing to the team, didn’t work hard and was poor. Terrible performance.
Wayne Rooney: 4- No presence upfront was generally poor but did well to set up the winner.