Academy reject Pilkington punishes Manchester United

     Norwich midfielder Anthony Pilkington heads the winning goal past Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.

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    • Manchester City move to top of English Premier League with 5-0 win over Aston Villa
    • Rivals Manchester United drop to second after losing 1-0 to Norwich City
    • Third-placed Chelsea suffer 2-1 defeat away to surprise team West Brom
    • Arsenal win 5-2 in London derby with Tottenham, who have a player sent off
    Anthony Pilkington was rejected by Manchester United as a youth player, and Alex Ferguson claims he doesn't even remember the player's time at Old Trafford.
    But the 24-year-old made a point to the veteran manager on Saturday, scoring the only goal as his Norwich team knocked United off the top of the English Premier League.
    Norwich's 1-0 home win left United a point behind rivals Manchester City, who earlier thrashed Aston Villa 5-0.
    "We've been a bit more ruthless and we're putting our chances away; maybe we could have had another one at the end to make it a bit more comfortable," said Pilkington, whose 60th-minute header inflicted United's third league defeat in 12 matches and lifted Norwich up to 13th.
    "It's a great day for Norwich and it's a massive win for us. We've been performing well over the last couple of weeks and we showed today that we could beat the team that is probably the best in the league."
    United went into the match without England striker Wayne Rooney, who was ill, and could not continue a remarkable run of come-from-behind victories.