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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has no complaints as Reds lose at Norwich City

By Paddy von Behr

Sir Alex Ferguson could only praise Norwich’s defence after the Canaries held out for a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Carrow Road.

United went into the game knowing a win would see them retain their Premier
League top spot, but the home side had other ideas.

A second half header from Anthony Pilkington was enough to condemn United to defeat.

And Ferguson was left to rue his side’s lack of creativity and the way the opposition protected their lead late on.

“You’ve got to give credit to the way Norwich defended – they defended for their lives,” said Ferguson.

“The only chances we had were half chances. Their goalkeeper had a good night too.

“We had a lot of pressure but didn’t get the goal we needed.”

The result was an unusual one for United who have made a recent habit of conceding early before staging a dramatic comeback.

In the absence of Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez started the game and was unable to have the impact he has had off the bench in recent games.

United sit second in the table, just one point behind Manchester City, and have a Champions League trip to Galatasaray on Tuesday to prepare for.

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