Sir Alex Ferguson heaps praise on Paul Lambert and Norwich City

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is backing Norwich City to avoid relegation this season

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Manchester United travel to Carrow Road on Sunday Photo: The Sport Review

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Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Norwich City’s progress since returning to the Premier League and has backed the Canaries to avoid the drop this season.

The Red Devils make the trip to Carrow Road on Sunday fresh from a shock 2-1 home defeat by Ajax in the Europa League last-32 on Thursday.

“Norwich is an interesting club because they have a full house for every match,” said Ferguson told United’s website.

“It’s in a lovely part of the world. They’ve got their own little empire down there. It’s just like when I was at Aberdeen, it feels as though you’re cut off from everywhere. Nonetheless they’re being very successful with it.

“I think they have probably exceeded everyone’s expectations. In fact, all the teams who were promoted have excelled, particularly Norwich.

“They’ve not signed a lot of players, they’ve stuck to their normal way of doing things, and although it’s difficult to say nowadays, I think they’ll be okay in terms of staying up.”

Ferguson went on to praise Norwich manager Paul Lambert after the Scot guided the Canaries up from League One to the Premier League in just two seasons.

“I knew Paul when he was a kid at St Mirren,” Ferguson added.”He played under my brother, Martin, when Martin was a coach. Paul’s had a great career – he collected a European Cup winner’s medal with Borussia Dortmund and then he went on to Celtic.”

“I think Norwich, for a young manager, is probably a good club to go to, where the expectation’s not too high and you’ve got a full house every week. There’s a lot of enthusiasm down there and I think it’s suited Paul well.”

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