CITY boss Chris Hughton hopes the winning feeling the Canaries’ gained from their last minute triumph over Everton last weekend can serve them well at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Norwich came from a goal behind to snatch a late but vital 2-1 win over the Toffees at Carrow Road last time out, thanks to goals from Kei Kamara and Grant Holt and now head to Old Trafford looking to emulate a performance that saw them beat United 1-0 at Carrow Road in November.
“That was certainly one of our best performances of the season and it had to be,” Hughton told Canaries Player
, “It’s the only way that you can beat a Manchester United team at home or away.
“Any win at Old Trafford would have to see us play extremely well and for United to have one of their rare off days. That’s something that we know is fact. But you have to go into every game hoping that you can get that result.
“Last weekend was a big win for us. We were on the back of a few draws which hopefully we’ll look back on and see as very good points against good teams, but we managed to get that win against an excellent Everton team that are in very, very good form this season.
“In the manner we did it, there is always a nice feel at the end of that when you can score so late in the game and it shows the resilience that we have in the team and our determination, we had to get the three points and certainly we hope to benefit from it.”
City will once again be without Alex Tettey and Andrew Surman who continue to recover from knee injuries, with long-term absentee John Ruddy
the only other casualty in an otherwise fully fit squad for Hughton to choose from.
“Alex has just got a slight knee problem and he will miss the weekend,” said Hughton, “It’s one that we’ve just decided is best to just rest for a few weeks. It’s one we’ll assess next week, see how he can train but he’ll certainly miss the trip to Manchester United. It’s not a major one, it’s just one we have to make sure we get right.
“Andrew Surman has had a problem with his knee as well so he’ll similarly miss the next few games. He’s one we’ll have to continue to assess. It’s a shame for him because he’s managed to get back into training a couple of times, he’s felt it and we’ve decided that he just needs to rest it for a little while.”
The City boss also paid tribute to United’s Ryan Giggs who is set to make his 1,000th career appearance on Saturday should he play any part in the clash at Old Trafford.
“Any spotlight on him, being the individual he is he’ll probably take it in his stride,” said Hughton, “Being the person that he is he probably won’t want too much of the focus being on him. But he deserves it.
“Players often come and go and dip in and out of form but he is a player who has maintained that throughout the years and at his age he is the best example for any young player to look up to.
“He’s looked after himself, very, very well and if anything he’s probably a better all-round player now than perhaps he was ten years ago.”