United in the first period, and the hosts were left to rue missed chances during their spell of control. After the Reds had forged ahead, Norwich's performance level dropped off and their passing became sloppy, allowing United to close out the victory without De Gea fielding a single serious effort.
Move of the match The signs of the improvement in United's play were evident shortly before Welbeck's winner, when a spell of neat passing from Shinji Kagawa, Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young exited a tight situation. The move eventually came to a head, however, when Sebastian Bassong blocked Kagawa's run into the area and escaped without censure.
In the stands Having made the ardous journey across to Norfolk, United's travelling support made the most of their afternoon with a typically boisterous display throughout the game. Norwich's supporters were behind their side for the most part, but became understandably tetchy as a second consecutive home defeat hoved into view.