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

Liverpool.

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

slot home.

?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.