Last Updated: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:13
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Chris Hughton's stamp is all over his side after admitting Norwich City deserved to beat Manchester United.
Ferguson highlighted the defensive improvement that Hughton has overseen since the below-par start to the season that has seen the Canaries turn from relegation certainties to real candidates for Premier League survival.
"They defended for their lives and you know from the past few weeks there has been a big improvement in their defensive record," he said.
"Not losing a goal against Arsenal, not losing a goal against Stoke, so there is an indication that Chris has got their act together in terms of not losing goals. If you don't lose goals then you always have a chance of winning the match."
Ferguson could only credit Norwich for the way they played and also singled out England keeper John Ruddy for his composure in a crowded Canaries penalty box in the final half hour of the 1-0 victory.
"They fought and battled for every ball on the pitch," he added.
"They defended fantastically well and the goalkeeper also had a really good night so it's disappointing.
"He has made a couple of good saves. One from Anderson at the end and the one he tipped over the bar. We had a couple of half chances from Robin (van Persie) but it didn't turn out quite correct. The goal was a marvellous cross and a marvellous touch so the goalkeeper could do nothing about that."
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