Sir Alex Ferguson heaps praise on ‘fantastic’ Chris Hughton as Manchester United expect tricky Norwich trip

By Dean Wilkins

Sitting top of the Premier League table is the worst place to start taking opposition lightly, as Manchester United prepare to travel to Norwich on Saturday.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are two points clear of rivals Manchester City and visit Chris Hughton’s men for their fifth away tie in six fixtures.

And after the former Newcastle boss led the Canaries to a memorable win over Arsenal, and are unbeaten in their last five games, Fergie is not taking their journey lightly.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Chris Hughton,” he told “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.”

In last year’s fixture veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs gave United three late points with his injury-time winner.

And the result was one that kicked the Reds into action and left Fergie thinking he would lift the club’s 20th league title.

When asked if he thought United would win the title, he said: “Yes, I did. I thought the momentum was there for us.

“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.

“It wasn’t an easy game and you see Norwich’s performance against Arsenal.”

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