Manchester United manager Ryan Giggs enjoyed a winning start to his Old Trafford reign as goals from Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata saw off Norwich.

Giggs, in temporary charge after the sacking of David Moyes, watched Rooney score a penalty and curling effort either side of half-time.

Substitute Mata added a third and headed in from six yards to keep United in the hunt for a Europa League spot.

Mata masterclass tremendous - Giggs

Defeat leaves Norwich one point above the Premier League relegation zone.

The Canaries arrived in Manchester at the end of a week in which United underwent a second managerial change in 10 months, with Giggs - the club's most decorated player - asked to take charge by United's vice chairman Ed Woodward.

The 40-year-old promised a return to the traditional Manchester United style of play ahead of kick off, with "passion, speed, tempo, bravery and imagination," to the fore.

A rapturous welcome greeted him as he emerged from the tunnel and with 962 appearances for the club, Giggs wrote United is "the rock his life had been built upon" in his programme notes.

A 'good luck' card from United mascot 'Fred the Red' was also on offer for the Welshman and after a tepid opening half an hour, his side cruised to just an eighth home win of the campaign.

Another match, another plane

A plane flys over Old Trafford with a 'Thank you Moyes' banner

A group of sarcastic football supporters from Malta organised a banner to fly over Old Trafford during the visit of Norwich to thank David Moyes for his time at the club

United have now claimed 47 of their 60 points against sides in the bottom half this season and despite Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy smartly saving from Danny Welbeck and Antonio Valencia, Neil Adams' side could not kill the feel-good factor at Old Trafford.

Norwich's fifth successive defeat, an unwanted stat they last achieved when relegated in 2005, looked a formality when Rooney took centre stage twice in seven minutes.

The England striker - United's talisman without the injured Robin van Persie - sent Ruddy the wrong way from the spot after Steven Whittaker had clumsily tangled with Welbeck.

Then, when the teams re-emerged from the interval, his 17th league goal of the season arrived as he fired in off the post from 25 yards despite slipping when shooting right footed.

Welbeck - one of six changes made by Giggs from the 2-0 defeat at Everton - drilled a smart half volley forcing Ruddy to again save, but Mata replaced him from the bench to end the contest.

Juan Mata scores for Manchester United

January signing Juan Mata has now scored five goals in his last four appearances for United.

The record signing - made by Moyes - volleyed in Phil Jones's cross six yards out, seconds after Rooney had been denied a hat-trick by another Ruddy save.

Playing in a central role, the Spaniard again found himself in the box to touch home Valencia's cross-shot for his fifth United goal after good work down the left by Patrice Evra.

Soft penalty changed the game - Adams

Norwich, for all their early bravery at the back, had capitulated, but went close to a consolation when substitute Johan Elmander fired wide and Martin Olsson's deflected effort crashed against the crossbar.

The Canaries face Arsenal and Chelsea in their run-in and will be in the bottom three on Sunday afternoon if there is a winner in the midday kick-off between Sunderland and Cardiff.

United, who should have added a fifth when Javier Hernandez missed a one-on-one opportunity in injury time, sit six points behind sixth-placed Tottenham.

Norwich manager Neil Adams:

Norwich's 2013-14 run-in

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"I think we did really well in the first half and frustrated them but then five minutes before the break they get a penalty. There is minimal contact and that changes the game.

"In the second half we were not good enough. We allowed Wayne Rooney too much time and space to get in a shot and we did the same last week against Liverpool when Raheem Sterling scored.

"We had a go after that but it is difficult when you are 2-0 down away from home. I felt we should have done better. We have got two games left and probably have to take points from them.

"Overall, it wasn't good enough but we are still above the [relegation] line. What we can't do is beat ourselves up."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Manchester United

  • 01 de Gea
  • 04 Jones
  • 03 Evra Booked
  • 16 Carrick
  • 05 Ferdinand
  • 15 Vidic
  • 25 A Valencia
  • 23 Cleverley (Hernández - 71' )
  • 19 Welbeck (Mata - 60' )
  • 10 Rooney
  • 26 Kagawa (Young - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Mata
  • 12 Smalling
  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 14 Hernández
  • 17 Nani
  • 18 Young
  • 24 Fletcher

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 03 Whittaker
  • 23 Olsson
  • 04 Johnson
  • 02 Martin
  • 06 Turner
  • 07 Snodgrass
  • 10 Fer (Tettey - 80' )
  • 09 van Wolfswinkel (Elmander - 57' )
  • 08 Howson Booked
  • 22 Redmond (Hooper - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Hooper
  • 13 Bunn
  • 15 Gutiérrez
  • 16 Elmander
  • 24 R Bennett
  • 27 Tettey
  • 31 Murphy
Ref: Lee Probert
Att: 75,208

Match Stats

Shots

25 9

On target

11 2

Corners

5 3

Fouls

13 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Manchester United 4, Norwich City 0.

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester United 4, Norwich City 0.

90:00 +2:58

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

90:00 +2:58

Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +2:08

Attempt missed. Javier Hernández (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Mata with a through ball following a fast break.

90:00 +0:39

Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

90:00 +0:39

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:44

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gary Hooper following a corner.

89:12

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Phil Jones.

89:08

Attempt blocked. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

87:27

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Martin Olsson.

84:23

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by David de Gea.

84:18

Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

82:29

Attempt missed. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luis Antonio Valencia.

81:15

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

80:30

Attempt missed. Phil Jones (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Mata.

79:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Alexander Tettey replaces Leroy Fer.

78:46

Attempt missed. Johan Elmander (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

78:40

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Johan Elmander.

75:26

Attempt saved. Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Juan Mata.

74:42

Attempt missed. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

73:58

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Rio Ferdinand.

72:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 4, Norwich City 0. Juan Mata (Manchester United) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luis Antonio Valencia.

72:31

Attempt missed. Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Patrice Evra with a cross.

70:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Javier Hernández replaces Tom Cleverley.

68:59

Attempt saved. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a cross.

68:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Gary Hooper replaces Nathan Redmond.

67:50

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:50

Foul by Michael Turner (Norwich City).

65:32

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

64:58

Attempt blocked. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

64:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Ashley Young replaces Shinji Kagawa.

64:14 Booking

Booking Patrice Evra (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:53

Foul by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).

63:53

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 3, Norwich City 0. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Phil Jones with a cross.

62:48

Attempt saved. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Patrice Evra.

59:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Juan Mata replaces Danny Welbeck.

59:18

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:18

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

58:10

Attempt saved. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

57:20

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

57:20

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Johan Elmander replaces Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

55:33

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

55:33

Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

55:00

Attempt saved. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

53:51

Attempt missed. Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a corner.

53:24

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by John Ruddy.

53:23

Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

53:20

Attempt blocked. Patrice Evra (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Antonio Valencia.

51:04

Attempt blocked. Phil Jones (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Antonio Valencia.

49:26

Foul by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).

49:26

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 2, Norwich City 0. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa.

47:00

Hand ball by Tom Cleverley (Manchester United).

45:19

Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:19

Foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City).

45:00

Second Half begins Manchester United 1, Norwich City 0.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Manchester United 1, Norwich City 0.

45:00 +0:50

Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

45:00 +0:50

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:21

Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

43:21

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 1, Norwich City 0. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

39:51

Penalty Manchester United. Danny Welbeck draws a foul in the penalty area.

39:51

Penalty conceded by Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) after a foul in the penalty area.

38:58

Attempt saved. Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

37:51

Attempt missed. Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Phil Jones with a cross.

35:29

Offside, Manchester United. Shinji Kagawa tries a through ball, but Wayne Rooney is caught offside.

29:28

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Manchester United).

29:28

Leroy Fer (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:46 Booking

Booking Jonny Howson (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

28:28

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:28

Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

24:29

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

23:24

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

23:24

Jonny Howson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:12

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Michael Turner.

22:09

Attempt blocked. Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Patrice Evra.

19:43

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

17:34

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:34

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

16:36

Attempt blocked. Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

15:55

Hand ball by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

15:01

Foul by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

15:01

Leroy Fer (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:35

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:35

Foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City).

13:11

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by John Ruddy.

13:10

Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

9:11

Foul by Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

9:11

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:39

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:39

Foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City).

3:46

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

3:42

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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