Norwich City v Manchester United preview and team news

Norwich City welcome free scoring Manchester United to Carrow Road on Saturday for their Premier League encounter, kick off at 5.30pm.

Man Utd team Lindegaard, Rafael, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Hernandez, van Persie.

Norwih team Ruddy; Garrido, Bassong, Turner, Whittaker; Pilkington, Johnson, Tettey, Snodgrass; Hoolahan; Holt


Manchester United have enjoyed a dramatic start to the season but it is working for them and they sit at the top of the Premier League while the Champions League group stage is already done and dusted with two games to spare.

They have achieved this despite possessing an alarmingly leaky defence, a consequence of the attacking mindset they have displayed so far this season. United have conceded 26 goals in only 17 games but they have scored 44 at an average of more than four goals a game for and against. Late goals are a bit of a speciality at Old Trafford and so far this season they have come from behind to win eight times this season out of 17 games.

Norwich City have endured a topsy turvy season, written off after big defeats to Chelsea and Liverpool, the Canaries have since beaten Arsenal and Stoke at home, drawn against Reading and Aston Villa and knocked Spurs out of the League Cup. A decent record after they were made relegation favourites by the bookmakers a few weeks ago.

Their turnaround in form has come from their defensive organisation, they do not possess the firepower to score freely in the premiership and rely heavily on being a savvy defensive outfit to get results. Michael Turner and Sebastien Bassong have forged a good partnership in the heart of defence and are now five games unbeaten with only two goals conceded.

Team News
Norwich City will be able to call on midfielder Alex Tettey after a back problem caused him to pull out of the Norway squad for their friendly against Hungary during the week.

Manchester United will have to wait and see if they can call on Wayne Rooney who injured his ankle in United’s 3-2 win last weekend against Aston Villa. Jonny Evans is also a doubt for the Reds, although Sir Alex has stated that Robin van Persie will be fit to face the Canaries. Javier Hernandez is in line to start after his match winning performance last weekend.

Ones to watch
Norwich City: Grant Holt

Three goals in eight games so far for Holt, but his real value is in holding the ball up. The Canaries defence will be up against it against United’s attack and it will be up to Holt to provide relief by holding up the ball and allowing the defence to reorganise. Any goals would be a bonus as well since it as virtual certainty that United will hit the net during the game.

Manchester United: Javier Hernandez
A match winning performance last week, albeit with a touch of good fortune, is likely to see the diminutive Mexican striker start against Norwich City. Hernandez has never really managed to secure a starting place regularly for the Reds and with competition for places up front getting tougher, Hernandez must play well to give himself the chance to start more often for United.

Manchester United should have too much for Norwich City on Saturday, with their attack firing on all cylinders Sebastien Bassong and Michael Turner will need to play well to limit United’s opportunities in front of goal.


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