Five things we learned about Manchester United Saturday

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Manchester United racked up a fourth straight Premier League victory against Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Although the Canaries troubled their more illustrious opponents, David Moyes’ men pulled through to grab all 3 points in the end.

Manchester United have now moved up to sixth in the table, level with the fifth place Toffees on 34 points.

Detailed below are five things we learned about Manchester United from their trip to Norwich:

De Gea is needed for days like these

Manchester United had a torrid time in the first half and were subjected to a great deal of pressure from the Canaries - and could’ve well fallen behind if not for David de Gea. The Spaniard made crucial stops from Sebastien Bassong, Wes Hoolahan and Robert Snodgrass.

Impact of Welbeck

The England international has begun to come into his own in the absence of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney. His introduction at half turned the match on its head, after a dour opening 45 minutes from the Manchester United attack. Welbeck’s pace and movement off the ball opened up space for his team-mates and troubled the Canaries’ defence. And, of course, it was the substitute that hit the winning strike, his fourth in as many Premier League matches.

Chicharito off the pace

The Mexican always looked off the pace - as he has for most of the current campaign. Hernandez’s runs were ill-timed and he never appeared a genuine goal threat. His 30 touches were the least of any player on the pitch. It is clear that the Manchester United manager needs to motivate the striker in some way if he is to contribute to games.

Evra needs a rest

The Frenchman found himself in a difficult position up against Robert Snodgrass and was left for dead by the quick Scot on a few occasions at Carrow Road. He recovered in the second half, yet remained vulnerable with Wes Hoolahan drifting out wide and Russell Martin making overlapping runs. Frankly, Evra looked tired, having played all but 101 minutes of Manchester United's Premier League campaign to date. 

Finding ways to win

Many pointed to Manchester United’s comeback Boxing Day win over Hull City as a sign that the spirit of Sir Alex Ferguson still exists in the squad - the will to overcome opponents when the going gets tough. The Red Devils got stuck in again today and ground out a result the hard way. And 3 points when you didn't play particularly well is a good sign for the rest of the season.

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