Relegation for the Canaries look ever more looming as a Juan Mata saw the Red Devils take all three points home, in a game which saw Norwich pick up their fourth consecutive loss in the most crucial point of their season.
Alex Neil’s side was left to rely on the results of Newcastle and Sunderland, as his unchanged team against the Gunners failed to replicate the Canaries’ result at Old Trafford in December, whilst Van Gaal’s side saw three changes, along with injuries in the warm up and early on in the first half.
Cameron Jerome had possibly Norwich’s best chance but an error by Sebastien Bassong in the second half allowed Wayne Rooney to play in Juan Mata to break the deadlock.
The Canaries face Watford next on Wednesday in the City’s penultimate game of the season, where they’ll be hoping luck is on their side.
Manager Alex Neil entered the game believing his team could get a result at home
Whilst it was Louis Van Gaal in his shades, who was the winning manager
The players enter the field in the Premier League's 12.45pm kick-off
Injury struck early for the Red Devils with Matteo Darmian leaving the pitch in the first half
It was Cameron Jerome who had the best opportunity, however a lack of confidence saw their opponents win with a clean sheet
Wes Hoolahan competes for the ball and seemingly beats Memphis Depay
Nathan Redmond wins the ball but struggled to force a goal
Hoolahan was on hand to help Ivo Pinto against Memphis Depay
John Ruddy failed to keep a clean sheet against the Red Devils
Robbie Brady takes on Ander Herrera to compete for the ball
It was a mistake from Sebastien Bassong, which saw Juan Mata played in by Wayne Rooney
Juan Mata runs away in celebration as Norwich fans look on
It was by far not the first time Norwich players looked on in disappointment following a goal
Nathan Redmond crouches down to the ground as relegation looms for the Canaries
A lonely figure in the stands is left to reflect on the game