Unconvincing United see off Norwich
Anderson and Danny Welbeck sealed an unconvincing 2-0 win for Manchester United against a desperately unlucky Norwich outfit at Old Trafford.
The Canaries carved out nearly all the best chances, with Anthony Pilkington hitting a post and rolling an effort wide when he was clean through.
United punished them, with Anderson heading home from close range midway through the second period before Welbeck slid home Park Ji-sung's cut-back four minutes from time.
Returning striker Wayne Rooney unleashed a long-range effort, which Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy dealt with easily and Marc Tierney was on hand to clear a near-post flick by Darren Fletcher from Nani's corner.
Phil Jones showed maturity way beyond his 19 years after Steve Morison had given Jonny Evans the slip. Knowing Pilkington was completely on his own behind him, the teenager held his ground before lunging in on Morison and coming away with the ball.
A minute later though, Jones was beaten by Pilkington, who stepped inside the former Blackburn man only for his shot to strike Evans, allowing goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard to make the save.
When Pilkington seized on Antonio Valencia's miscontrol, the striker was left with only Lindegaard to beat. He steadied himself but amazingly rolled his shot wide of the far post.
Substitute Ryan Giggs floated over a corner, which was met by Jones and flicked on by Rooney, to Anderson, who powered home a header from close range.
Norwich came agonisingly close to a leveller as Pilkington's shot deflected off Anderson, onto the post and back into the grateful arms of Lindegaard.
Norwich continued to threaten but after Morison's goalbound effort was turned away by Ferdinand, Welbeck sealed the win with his third goal in a week.