Whatever is said about the quality of this Manchester United side, Norwich City’s win at Old Trafford on Saturday was special and ranks among the best victories in recent memory.
It’s what all the hard work to get back into the Premier League was for, and served a timely reminder of why it’s worth battling through the tough times to be part of the best league in the world.
The victory was as timely as it was impressive, with City having dropped into the bottom three and could be that boost needed over the festive period.
The most pleasing aspect was the performance. While most were surprised, we know we’ve been close at Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea this season and it shows how much of a difference cutting out defensive errors and more importantly, being clinical in front of goal can make.
Alex Neil deserves credit for getting his team selection, tactics and game plan spot on and his players executed it to perfection.
It’s difficult to single out individuals for praise after such an impressive performance but match winner Alex Tettey deserves the plaudits coming his way.
The Norwegian has become a bit of a cult hero at Carrow Road. Largely unheralded at times, his screening of the back four was key, making important tackles in defensive areas and clearances inside his own area.
And to top it off, he won the match with what can only be described as a majestic toe punt, sending the away end into raptures.
The win is a perfect start to an important period. Ideally, I’d have like to have taken this momentum into the Aston Villa game (December 28) but those players should be confident ahead of the trip to Spurs on Boxing Day.
I think the team selection will offer little in terms of surprises but if City can stay resolute and take their chances then who knows, we could complete an unlikely double of away wins.