Ronaldo extends United's winning run

English Premier League

Manchester United maintained their unbeaten record under interim manager Ralf Rangnick with a late 1-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday evening.

Man United interim manager Ralf Rangnick named the same side that edged Crystal Palace in his first-game in charge, while Brandon Williams was ineligible to play against his parent club.

The Red Devils almost had a perfect start after Alex Telles' free-kick on the edge of the box took a nasty deflection and was dipping towards goal but goalkeeper Tim Krul managed to tip the ball in the crossbar and over.

The game was opening up after that and Cristiano Ronaldo had a chance to break the deadlock for Rangnick's charges eight minutes before the half-time break after cutting inside from Scott McTominay's through ball but his left-footed strike was saved by Krul.

Norwich were also fashioning chances on transitions in the closing phase of the first stanza but they lacked the cutting edge in the final third, as the first stanza ended without goals.

Dean Smith's troops were on top of United in the opening exchanges of the second stanza, giving them problems with crosses inside the box but they were kept at bay by goalkeeper David de Gea.

The Red Devils were struggling to get into attacking rhythm and they made a change in the 67th minute, as Mason Greenwood replaced Jadon Sancho for a different approach upfront.

The visitors started to get gaps in attack and they were awarded a penalty 15 minutes before time after Max Aarons wrestled with Ronaldo inside the box and the Portuguese fired a clinical spot-kick on the wrong side of Krul to break the deadlock for United.

Norwich were threatening to get the equaliser in the dying minutes as De Gea pulled off an acrobatic save to keep out a goal-bound header by Ozan Kobak and Billy Gilmour had a deflected shot that missed the near post narrowly wide, as United held on clinch back-to-back wins under Rangnick.

Manchester City opened a four-point gap at the top of the Premier League table with a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

Joao Cancelo, who have been in blistering form this season, looked to give the host a positive start after seven minutes through a rasping strike from a move down the right-flank.

The former Inter Milan and Juventus man was at the heart of another threat three minutes later when he delivered a pass into space for Silva, who skewed the effort after opening an angle.

Wolves remained on the back-foot well inside the closing periods of the half, and a corner-kick from Jack Grealish saw Laporte beat the presence of Max Kilman to nod over the top.

Bruno Lage’s men were dealt a blow on the cusp of halftime when Raul Jimenez delayed the restart of play and were subsequently given a second booking which translated into a red card.

City continued to show dominance following the restart as Jesus twisted and turn in the area to go wide of the post before he directed a cutback from Cancelo over target a little later.

The Citizens piled more pressure ten minutes from the break and had Conor Coady make a goal-line clearance to smother the header off Ilkay Gundogan.

The breakthrough came in the middle of the second half when Sterling beat Jose Sa from the penalty-spot after Joao Moutinho was penalised for handling Silva’s cross.

A string of chances within in succession came for City twice from Jack Gealish and then Kevin De Bruyne, but Sa smothered it all as it finished 1-0.

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