Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Manchester United's players hailed for winning mentality

Fabio Da Silva scores Mancheste United's fourth goal

It may have been in the Capital One Cup, but last night's victory over Norwich at Old Trafford means that Manchester United have gone six games unbeaten.

And for David Moyes' new regime, following on from the stellar tenure of Sir Alex Ferguson, that represents an important milestone.

After a difficult start to the season, assistant boss Steve Round feels momentum is building.

"This club is used to winning – it has a winning mentality," said Round.

"There were no great celebrations after the win (over Stoke) on Saturday and none tonight. We just move on to Fulham (on Saturday), that is how it is.

"You need to go on runs in this league and this club is the best in the business at building that," he added.

Round also praised the performance of Javier Hernandez, who scored the winner against Stoke last weekend but is generally behind Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in the pecking order.

He said: "He is such a good character. I don't think it has fazed him at all.

"He is a really infectious character who loves to score goals.

"He has waited patiently for his opportunities and when he gets them he has taken them."

Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass was taken to hospital after being knocked out during his side's 4-0 defeat.

Play was halted for around eight minutes after the Scotland international clashed heads with United defender Rafael in the second half at Old Trafford.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton said: "He's gone to a local hospital. I think that is very much a precaution, he was out for a period of time. It is very much concussion.

"He has also taken a whack in the incident itself so they will have a look at that and X-ray that just to make sure there is nothing broken.

"But by the time he was on his way out he was awake and aware of what was happening around him.

"Whether he will be kept in overnight or not, I don't know," he added.

The injury to Snodgrass compounded Norwich's misery on a disappointing night for the club.

Hernandez opened the scoring from the penalty spot and then doubled the advantage with a header early in the second half.

Phil Jones volleyed the third and substitute Fabio completed the scoring as the game went into 11 minutes of stoppage time.

Hughton was unhappy with the award of the penalty which led to the opening goal, given after the impressive Adnan Januzaj went down under a challenge from Leroy Fer.

Hughton said: "Could our performance have been better? Yes, we could have been better on the ball. But we were given a penalty against us which was incredibly soft and not a penalty.

"To have a penalty given against us, in that fashion, as soft as that, really gives Man Utd a lift and deflates you.

"But they scored good goals, they have got great quality and they are clinical in everything they do."

The victory certainly provided another lift for Moyes, who will be hopeful of bagging three points at Fulham at the weekend.

The Londoners were knocked out of the cup by Championship side Leicester last night.

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