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Video: Manchester United v Norwich City Highlights & Match Report as Louis van Gaal’s flops slip out of top four

Have things ever been this bleak for Manchester United since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013?

The Red Devils were defeated 2-1 by Norwich City on Saturday, making it two back-to-back defeats against newly promoted sides.

United fell 2-1 to Bournemouth last weekend, and followed that up with a humbling by the Canaries at Old Trafford this weekend. It was a defeat that prompted a negative reaction from the Red Devils fans, many of whom filtered out of the stadium long before full time.

While a club of United’s stature will never accept losing to Norwich at home, the nature of the defeat—and the goals—will have hurt the supporters.

Phil Jones’ defending for the opener was poor, while both Michael Carrick and Chris Smalling were too easily evaded by Cameron Jerome.

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For the second, Rooney—making his 500th appearance—was guilty, as he was dispossessed in a dangerous position ahead of Alex Tettey’s effort.

While Anthony Martial pulled one back, it was too little too late for a limp United side.

To make matters worse for van Gaal’s outfit, defeat means they were overtaken in the Premier League table by Tottenham, who themselves secured an impressive away triumph over Southampton.

Is the changing complexion of the top four a sign of things to come, or will United come back stronger under LVG?

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