Ronaldo hat-trick Earns Man United Win Against Norwich

scored a stunning hat-trick as boosted their top-four hopes with a thrilling win over bottom club Norwich.

The forward netted a brilliant free-kick 14 minutes from time after Norwich had come back from two goals down at Old Trafford.

opened the scoring after seven minutes before heading in his second midway through the first half.

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However, appalling defending from the hosts either side of the interval allowed Norwich to equalise through Kieran Dowell and Teemu Pukki and for a while Dean Smith’s side looked the more likely winners.

But after Ralf Rangnick had abandoned his bold tactic of playing without a recognised ball-winner in midfield and replaced Paul Pogba with Juan Mata, Ronaldo drove a free-kick home off the inside of a post 14 minutes from time to secure victory.

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The 37-year-old is now on 15 Premier League goals for the season, trailing only and Son Hueng-min in the standings. He has also moved on to 99 career Premier League goals.

United can move level on points with fourth-placed Spurs if they win at on Tuesday.

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For Norwich the outcome was a major blow to their faint hopes of avoiding the drop. The Canaries are now seven points behind fourth-bottom Everton, having played two games more and with only six matches to do something about it.

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