Stranger things have happened than Norwich City completing a Manchester Premier League double
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Alex Neil is convinced a topsy turvy Premier League season can end with Norwich City pulling off a notable Manchester double by beating title-chasing City at Carrow Road.
The Canaries won at Manchester United for the first time since 1989 before Christmas and Neil knows a win over their neighbours this weekend would be a massive boost to their survival hopes after Norwich's latest 1-0 defeat at Swansea extended the club's winless top flight run to nine games.
'We beat Manchester United at Old Trafford. That was the first time they had lost at home all season so there's no reason why we can't get points from the game,' he said. 'You see Swansea winning at Arsenal recently and everybody is capable of beating anybody. I said to the players after the (Swansea) game we have to keep believing. We have to get across the line.
'There are two teams around us now and we have both of them at home, and they are not winning. It is as simple as that. You would look at all three teams right now and say, 'Does any one of them actually want to stay up?' We want to make sure we are that team that can go on a run between now and the end of the season.
'Somebody will do it, somebody will put a couple of wins together and climb out, and we have to make sure it is us.'
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Neil accepts many have already written off the Canaries.
'The one strength we have is that everyone at this club sticks together and is fighting for the same objective. You don't see any dissent or anyone misbehaving,' he said. 'The lads are all fighting for the cause and there are no issues at all.
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'I don't think we as a group inside the club have any doubts this is not possible. I don't think for me that should be called into question, it is whether we can make the difference at crucial times, whether we can stop making silly errors and if we get opportunities have we enough quality to finish them. If the answer is yes on both counts then we have a great opportunity to get ourselves out of it.'