Juan Mata secured all three points for Manchester United at Norwich City on Saturday, taking full advantage of a Sebastien Bassong defensive mistake.
Following some excellent build-up play from Wayne Rooney, the Spaniard made up ground to support his teammate before keeping his cool and finding the back of the net.
It came after Bassong had misjudged the flight of a ball launched forward which in turn let Rooney in, but the United pair did well to make him pay for the error thereafter to give the visitors a priceless lead.
Louis van Gaal lost both Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian before kick off and in the first half respectively, as they bid to apply pressure on their rivals above them in the race for a top-four finish.
The win at Carrow Road moved them to within a point of Manchester City with two games remaining, while in contrast it’s a huge blow for Norwich in their push to avoid relegation.
The Canaries sit two points adrift of safety, and it was certainly a setback to concede given that they had done well to get a foothold in an otherwise unspectacular encounter.