Manchester United eventually managed to secure all three points in a challenging clash with Norwich City this afternoon, with the game ending 3-2 – something which sees Ralf Rangnick’s side manage to get themselves back into the top four race.
Indeed, both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur lost their Premier League fixtures today, which gave the Red Devils an opportunity to get right back into the race for Champions League qualification.
However, they almost squandered their chance, but for Cristiano Ronaldo delivering not one but three goals against the bottom of the table Canaries.
Despite the hosts having more possession (61%) and over twice as many shots on target, Man United struggled to hold off Norwich who managed to bag two goals at Old Trafford.
The game started well for the home team, with Ronaldo opening up the scoring in the fourth minute, before doubling his tally in the 32nd minute – putting Man United comfortably ahead.
However, Norwich set out to respond and were able to break down United’s defence with ease in the final moments before the half-time whistle, with Teemu Pukki scoring in first-half stoppage time.
In the second half, the Canaries continued their pursuit to make a comeback and succeeded when Pukki scored his second in the 52nd minute to level up the scoreline, however, Ronaldo would go on to find the winner and complete his hattrick in the final quarter of the game.
One player who was key to the attacking threat Manchester United imposed on Norwich this afternoon was Anthony Elanga, with the youngster having a huge influence on the game – undoubtedly being Rangnick’s biggest winner on the day.
The 19-year-old dominated in his position, taking 65 touches of the ball, making three key passes and four tackles, as well as recording a 92% pass completion rate – not to mention capping his impressive performance with an assist for the first goal.
Rangnick must now capitalise on the progress they have made in the league table following their top four competitors’ losses this weekend, now being just three points behind Spurs with a great opportunity to improve their Champions League chances in the remaining games of the season.