Football - Real can wait as Ferguson focuses on Norwich

Sir Alex Ferguson is adamant Manchester United will take care of the "mundane" matter of Norwich and not allow themselves to get distracted by the glamour of Real Madrid.

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With a 12-point lead over nearest challengers Manchester City, who do not play until their visit to Aston Villa on Monday, and only 11 games remaining, United's Premier League situation could not look much healthier.

Given the blockbuster Champions League duel with Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo is looming on Tuesday, Ferguson and his players could be forgiven if their attention had already begun to wander.

Yet the United boss insists that is not the case, even if his own description of what lies in wait from the Canaries tomorrow hardly appeals.

"Norwich is the important one for us," he said.

"Tuesday will look after itself. That is an occasion whereas Saturday is the mundane, practical situation - we need to win.

"That is what the concentration is on.

"I can assure you the players will not be thinking about Tuesday at this moment in time.

"All week we've been talking about how important Norwich is."

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