Ferguson respect for Norwich

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Norwich's recent 1-0 win over Arsenal proves the Canaries will be tricky opponents on Saturday.

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Norwich upset the odds by beating the Gunners in late October at Carrow Road to help kick-start their season. Since then Chris Hughton has guided the Canaries to two wins and two draws in their last four games across all competitions and as a result Ferguson is expecting a tough game this weekend.

United won 2-1 at Norwich last season thanks to an injury-time winner from Ryan Giggs after Grant Holt had cancelled out Paul Scholes' opener.

"It wasn't an easy game and you see Norwich's performance against Arsenal. 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 goalkeeper David De Gea had to be in top form at Carrow Road last season and on Saturday United's defence will need to be wary of Norwich target man Holt.

"They kept whacking in crosses to the big man up front for Norwich, Grant Holt," Ferguson said.

He added: "We played well in the first half at Norwich last season although they kept banging in these crosses."

"In the second half, Norwich did well, they got the goal and for the last 20 minutes it was a bit of a hanging on job for us. But I think we deserved to win all right."

United travel to Norwich top of the table, two points ahead of defending champions Manchester City after 11 rounds.

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