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Norwich City 0-1 Manchester United: Welbeck the saviour again as Reds gain an ugly win

Manchester United gained a gritty win at Norwich City thanks to Danny Welbeck, who came off the bench to score the winner after a poor first half.

Jamie McDonald

Manchester United kept up their winning streak by picking up another three points at Norwich City, after Danny Welbeck came off the bench to score the only goal of the game.

United had gotten off to a pretty wretched start, failing to create much in the first half with the players brought in to David Moyes' side struggling to get into their rhythm. But Welbeck pounced on a loose ball and finished expertly before United hung on for the win.

Shinji Kagawa, MIchael Carrick, Javier Hernandez and Ryan Giggs had come into the team as United rotated their squad after playing Hull just two days previously, yet they lacked fluency and struggled to get their passing game into gear. Gary Hooper and Wes Hoolahan both had chances to open the scoring, but David de Gea was able to preserve a clean sheet in the first half.

David Moyes responded by introducing Danny Welbeck for Ryan Giggs at half-time, and the move paid off almost immediately as his pace and energy allowed United to come into the game. The forward's industry and a return pass from Javier Hernandez sent Welbeck clean through on goal, where he promptly rounded John Ruddy and slid the ball into the open net.

Norwich had not exactly been devastating going forwards, and struggled to create any more chances, although the game was not exactly quiet. United seemed more interested in running the clock down than adding a second, and Norwich had a few opportunities from set-pieces with Leroy Fer and Robert Snodgrass looking potentially dangerous. Yet nothing came of it, and UNited were able to hold out for a pretty awful, but nonethelss important win.