Manchester - Manchester United turn their attention to the League Cup on Tuesday having narrowly avoided slipping up at home in the Premier League to Stoke City.
David Moyes’s side entertain Norwich City having come back from behind twice to win 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday.
That relieved plenty of pressure on Alex Ferguson’s successor, although United are still only eighth in the table, and United manager Moyes made no secret of the fact he wants to go all the way in the League Cup as well as challenge for the more prestigious trophies.
“My idea was to come here and win all the trophies,” said Moyes, after Ferguson insisted recently that winning any silverware in his first season in charge would represent a major achievement for his fellow Scot.
“From the first day I’ve set out to win everything I possibly can, and if I come up short with some of that we’ll find out at the end.
“I don’t know how many years it was before Sir Alex won his first trophy - maybe four years (Ferguson took charge at Old Trafford in November 1986, but didn’t win his first trophy with the club until the 1990 FA Cup) - and someone told me Sir Alex went seven years before he won his first Premier League title (in the 1992-93 season).
“And he is the most successful manager in the land by a long, long way. It just shows you, it can take time to get things right. It certainly did for Sir Alex.”
Javier Hernandez scored the winner against Stoke and the Mexico forward is likely to be given the opportunity to stake his claim for more regular first-team action against Norwich.
The Stoke goal was the 25-year-old’s first league goal of the campaign, and his only other goal this season came in the last round of the League Cup when United beat Liverpool 1-0. “I hope he can play from the start,” said Moyes. “We had to change, we got him on to try and find another way of scoring.
“We have got a squad of first-team players who are all capable of playing, everyone is used to that, the crowd see that and expect it. We will see what we have got. We have one or two knocks and niggles, which we will assess. But we are beginning to tick along, quite quietly.”
Norwich will travel north with problems of their own, as an inability to take chances has left them in the relegation places. Indeed, so desperate are they for a win that Leroy Fer, the midfielder, resorted to underhand tactics in Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Cardiff.
The Dutchman netted after Cardiff had put the ball out so a Norwich player could receive treatment for an injury and was aggrieved when the referee disallowed it, claiming he had not given permission for the throw-in to be taken.