Sir Alex Ferguson has respect for Norwich and their manager Chris Hughton ahead of their Premier League clash this Saturday. The Canaries have endured a difficult start to their league campaign but Manchester United will still be wary of their threats as they look to pick up another three points in their hunt for their 20th title.
Norwich began their Premier League season fighting to keep their heads above water, but after a shock win against Arsenal a few weeks ago, Hughton and company seem to have put their season back on track and United will be taking nothing for granted when they visit on Saturday. Last season, Norwich came to Old Trafford and gave their hosts a run for their money and a final 2-0 scoreline did little to mask the problems United had against them. Then again in Norwich, Ryan Giggs' late injury time winner was what separated the two teams. Despite their league position (Norwich currently sit in 15th place, five points above relegation) Ferguson expects a thorough examination of his team's title credentials.
"I've got a lot of respect for Chris Hughton," Ferguson told Manutd.com. "I think he's done a fantastic job at Birmingham and Newcastle and, with that performance against Arsenal, you think they've maybe turned the corner in terms of Chris' introduction there as manager. It's always the same when a manager goes to a new club. There's a different way of training, there are different ideas about players and maybe Chris is getting it together now. I hope not when it comes to our game, mind you! But that performance against Arsenal was very good."
United may be traveling to Norwich without the services of two high-profile players. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie both pulled out of international friendlies with ankle and thigh injuries respectively. United will certainly be taking a strong team to face the Canaries as they look to maintain their two point advantage at the top of the league.
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