Van Gaal urges Fellaini to keep emotions in check

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

The Canaries began the game on the front foot and should have gone in front when Nathan Redmond played a lovely cross into the box which found Cameron Jerome, but the striker saw his header brilliantly saved by David de Gea.

Norwich had thrown on Dieumerci Mbokani as they looked to break the deadlock but Mata finally did so 18 minutes from time, although the goal owed much to Sebastien Bassong's error. Wayne Rooney did his best to waste the opportunity, but held on to the ball long enough to feed Mata for the finish.

They also inspired Van Gaal's defence of what was a fairly tepid performance from his side.

Juan Mata was on song for Manchester United as he scored the only goal of the match, keeping the team intact in their UEFA Champions League aspirations.

As things stand heading into the weekend, Norwich are two points behind Newcastle United with a game in hand.

I also like betting on the under 2.5 goals since Norwich will try to grind out a result here and that will lead to a low scoring contest.

"We needed to win our three games and wait to see what Manchester City and Arsenal do, and we did it today".

In attack, Rooney, Memphis Depay and Jesse Lingard failed to inspire, while Mata and Ander Herrera were industrious and at the heart of most of United's better football.

United, who are desperately chasing a Champions League spot, edged out Norwich 1-0 on Saturday to close the gap on fourth-placed City to a point with West Ham four points behind in sixth.

But Juan Mata's second-half goal bailed Van Gaal out.

In midweek, at United's player of the year awards event, Van Gaal claimed expectations at Old Trafford are too high and while he was not in the mood to examine the issue any further, the United manager still clings to his mantra that a debilitating pre-Christmas injury list has scuppered his team's season. "We need to make sure that this game counts for us".

Norwich City have won just one of their last eight Premier League matches at Carrow Road (W1 D2 L5). They will fight but they will still lose in my opinion.

A year after van Gaal was appointed as the Red Devils' manager, their arch-rivals Liverpool snapped up Klopp's services, luring him away from the Westfalenstadion where he enjoyed tremendous success with Borussia Dortmund.

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