Man United beats Norwich 1-0 in Premier League
Substitute Danny Welbeck scored in the second half Saturday as
Manchester United beat Norwich 1-0 to move within two points of the
top four in the Premier League.
United needed a bit of luck to break down a disciplined Norwich
defense in the 57th minute, as a failed clearance ricocheted off
both Welbeck and Javier Hernandez before setting the former free on
goal. Welbeck made no mistake, racing on to the ball and rounding
goalkeeper John Ruddy before slotting into the net.
United were without both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney but
still earned its fourth straight league victory to provisionally
move to sixth place, only two points behind fourth-place
Rooney didn’t travel to Norfolk because of a groin problem while
van Persie still isn’t match fit. And without its top attacking
duo, United lacked a cutting edge in attack during a first half in
which the Canaries were well on top.
However, following Welbeck’s introduction at the restart, United
looked much more balanced going forward and got the breakthrough
when a clearance from Ryan Bennett bounced back off the England
striker and on into the penalty area, where he rounded Ruddy to
?It was a sixth straight victory in all competitions for David
Moyes’ men and ensured they will go into 2014 with their hopes of
defending the league title still intact.