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CITY V UNITED PREVIEW

16 November 2012

A look ahead to Saturday's big match

SIR Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side are the visitors to Carrow Road as Chris Hughton’s Norwich City look to extend their unbeaten run to six games against the 19-time league champions.

Having conceded just two goals in five games, the Canaries are in fine form, and last week’s 0-0 draw away at Reading marked the Club’s first clean sheet away from home in the league since October 2004.

The Red Devils have also been in good form – winning all of their previous five Barclays Premier League matches, including a memorable 3-2 victory over Aston Villa last time out, having been 2-0 down to an Andreas Weimann brace.

The addition of Robin van Persie in the summer has added even more goals to a lethal United strikeforce, but if City can perform as they have done in recent games at Carrow Road, then they certainly have a chance to take something from the game.

Kick-off is at 5.30pm, and you can listen live to the action through Canaries Player, as well as following live updates on Canaries.co.uk, and through our official Twitter (@NorwichCityFC) and Facebook pages.  

BET BUTLERBETTING: 
Norwich City continued their resilient run of form last weekend but the visit of Manchester United puts them firmly in the spotlight on Saturday evening, with Bet Butler making them 7/1 underdogs on their own patch (click here to visit site).

The Canaries have conceded just once in their last four games, with 80% of their home games featuring two or less goals, so confident fans might consider a 1-1 draw at 10/1. United have conceded first in 7 of their 11 matches this season and Grant Holt can be tipped at 9/1 to break the deadlock, while Robert Snodgrass is a 12/1 shot.

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Odds correct at time of writing.

TEAM NEWS:
CITY: Defender Russell Martin remains side-lined with a back injury, but will resume training with the squad early next week. Meanwhile the trio of John Ruddy, Wes Hoolahan, and Steven Whittaker have all returned from international duty unscathed. Harry Kane (foot) is still out after undergoing surgery.

MAN UNITED: Duo Wayne Rooney (ankle) and Jonny Evans (groin) are both doubts for the Red Devils ahead of the match, whilst Nani (hamstring), and ShinjiKagawa (knee) are both thought to be unavailable. Robin van Persie is set to return from a hip injury, whilst Nemanja Vidic and Phil Jones (both knee) are long-term absentees.

LAST LINE UPS:
Reading v CITY
John RUDDY,
Steven WHITTAKER,
Sebastien BASSONG,
Javier GARRIDO,
Michael Turner,
Bradley JOHNSON,
Anthony PILKINGTON,
Wes HOOLAHAN,
Robert SNODGRASS,
Alex TETTEY,
Grant HOLT (c)

Aston Villa v MAN UNITED
David DE GEA,
Rafael DA SILVA,
Patrice EVRA,
Rio FERDINAND,
Chris SMALLING,
Antonio VALENCIA,
Michael CARRICK,
Ashley YOUNG,
Paul SCHOLES,
Wayne ROONEY,
Robin VAN PERSIE

SIR ALEX FERGUSONMANAGER: 
Manchester United's Scottish Manager is rightly regarded as one of the greatest the game has ever seen. 

The Scot has guided the Red Devils through an unprecedented era of success since his appointment in 1986 - 26 years ago.

Ferguson has won just about everything there is to win with United, including 12 Barclays Premier Leagues, Five FA Cups and two UEFA Champions Leagues. The 2010-11 Premier League win took United to 19 in total - one more than rivals Liverpool.

In only the second game after Ferguson's appointment at United in 1986, a newly-promoted Norwich side held them to a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road, before snatching a 1-0 win at Old Trafford later that season.


ONE-TO-WATCH: ASHLEY YOUNG
The 27-year-old England international signed for United for an undisclosed fee during the summer of 2011 from Aston Villa, and went on to score his first goals for the Club in the 8-2 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford. 

His performances have impressed and there is no doubt that his pace, shooting and crossing abilities will be a massive threat down the flanks.


HEAD-TO-HEAD
Norwich City v Manchester United
Norwich City winsDrawsUnited wins
League101230
FA Cup302
League Cup210
Total151332

The 19-time league champions have the edge in the overall number of wins - 32 to City's 15, just edging the Canaries in both of last season’s ties.

However back in the 2005, second-half goals from Dean Ashton and Leon McKenzie secured a famous 2-0 win at Carrow Road, as the Canaries battled for Premier League survival.

Wayne Rooney, and Rio Ferdinand are the only players involved that day to still be involved with their clubs.

TOP LEAGUE SCORERS
CITY: Grant Holt – Three league goals 

MAN UNITED: Robin van Persie – Eight league goals

MOST LEAGUE STARTS
CITY: John Ruddy, Bradley Johnson – 11 league starts

MAN UNITED: Michael Carrick – 11 league starts

ANTHONY TAYLORREFEREE: 
Only Mark Clattenburg has produced more than Greater-Manchester based referee Anthony Taylor three red cards this season. 

The 34-year-old has sent off Nathan Dyer, Stephene M’Bia, and Fabricio Coloccini in his 11 games, which included United’s 2-1 win over Newcastle and 4-2 win over Stoke, as well as City’s 4-1 defeat at Chelsea. 

Last season he took charge of City’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in May.

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