Manchester United Win 1-0 Over Norwich City
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Manchester United defeated Norwich City 1-0 thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty, extending interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s unbeaten start.

After being clumsily tripped by Max Aarons on the edge of the six-yard box, Ronaldo sent Tim Krul the wrong way after 75 minutes.

In the first half, Alex Telles hit the bar with a deflected free-kick for the Red Devils, who had posed little attacking threat.

Norwich also had David de Gea to thank for two fine saves to deny Teemu Pukki and Ozan Kabak throughout the match.

After being forced off during the second half holding his chest, Victor Lindelof raised concerns, though Rangnick said Lindelof had undergone tests and seemed to be okay.

With the win, Manchester United moves above Arsenal and Tottenham into fifth place. Norwich remains in sixth place, three points off the bottom.

Manchester United is above all saved by Ronaldo

Ralf Rangnick also restored the same starting line-up that defeated Crystal Palace last weekend after making a raft of changes for late Wednesday’s Champions League draw with Young Boys.

However, despite having a full week to prepare, Manchester United looked sluggish and rarely threatened a team that has conceded more goals than any other this season.

It took Ronaldo until the 38th minute to see his first sight of the goal. He ran onto a pass from Scott McTominay, cut inside and curled in a left-foot shot that was palmed away by Krul.

Ronaldo emphatically dispatched the match-winning spot-kick after Aarons had dragged him down while trying to meet a right-wing cross after Manchester United again faded in the second half.

De Gea has been in fine form this year, diving full stretch to tip Pukki’s lightning-fast drive over the bar before clawing away Kabak’s goalbound header late on.

For only the second time this season, the Red Devils have also kept successive Premier League clean sheets since a run of four from February to March 2021.

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