‘A mistake waiting to happen’ - what the nationals said about Norwich City’s defeat to Manchester United

The Norwich fans look dejected at the end of the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwi

The Norwich fans look dejected at the end of the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, NorwichPicture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 64026707/05/2016 - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Here are the national newspapers' views on Norwich City's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Carrow Road.

• The Sun: 'Norwich are going down and they have only themselves to blame. They really need three points from this but – yet again – suffered defeat. Sebastien Bassong was once again a liability.'

• The Telegraph: 'Spring sunshine could not disguise what they have long known around Carrow Road: game, effortful and determined this City side might be, but, frail at the back and insipid up front, they are all too often masters of their own undoing. A mistake waiting to happen, they carry the look of a team destined for the drop.'

• The Guardian: 'All season Norwich's bluntness up front has been compounded by brittleness at the back… Norwich continued to flail about gamely but never looked like landing a punch. '

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• The Daily Star: 'The Canaries, though, looked frightened to death of taking a risk… Their problems are easy to spot – they keep making schoolboy errors and simply can not stick the ball in the net at the other end.'

• The Daily Express: 'Delia Smith might be the country's cookery queen, but she and her beloved Norwich are fast giving up hope of continuing to dine at football's top table.'

• BBC Sport: 'Scoring has been a problem for the Canaries throughout the season, which is why they are facing a return to the Championship, and so it proved again.'

Read Paddy Davitt's match report here