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UNITED PREVIEW

28 October 2013

A look ahead to Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash with Manchester United

MANCHESTER UNITED v NORWICH CITY
Capital One Cup Fourth Round
19.45 kick-off
Old Trafford
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

THE Canaries face the first of two trips to Manchester this week when they take on United in the Capital One Cup Fourth Round at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Chris Hughton admitted at his pre-match press conference on Monday morning that he will be utilising the depth of his squad, but made it very clear that he wishes to progress to a second consecutive quarter-final in the competition.

Having had more shots that any single team in any Premier League game this season against Cardiff, there will be no shortage of belief that, like many teams have done so far this season, they can cause the champions some problems.

David Moyes’ United are unbeaten in five, though, and will be buoyed by the come-from-behind nature of their 3-2 victory over Stoke City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

They have won 33 of the 62 games between the two clubs, with the Canaries triumphing on 16 occasions. The other 13 matches have ended all square.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
Manchester United 4-0 NORWICH CITY 02/03/2013 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 1-0 Manchester United 17/11/2012 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 1-2 Manchester United 26/02/2012 – Premier League
Manchester United 2-0 NORWICH CITY 01/10/2011 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 2-0 Manchester United 09/04/2005 – Premier League

LAST TIME AROUND… Manchester United 4-0 Norwich City, March 2 2013 – Premier League
Shinji Kagawa’s hat-trick sent Manchester United on their way to a victory that saw them extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 15 points - but they didn’t have it all their own against the Canaries.

Three of their last four goals came in the final 15 minutes as Chris Hughton’s side pressed for an equaliser, but it wasn’t to be as defeat brought them back down to earth after the previous week’s dramatic Premier League against Everton.

Hughton said afterwards: “Conceding just before half-time hurt us but we were still very much in the game.

"We conceded a poor second. You have to make decision - settle for that or give yourself an opportunity to get back into the game. When you try to get back into the game you open up and there's no better team than united to capitalise.

"This was never going to define our season, but we're certainly disappointed.”

RED DEVILS’ FORM…
W – 3-2 v Stoke City (H) 26/10/2013 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v Real Sociedad (H) 23/10/2013 – Champions League
D – 1-1 v Southampton (H) 19/10/2013 – Premier League
W – 2-1 v Sunderland (A) 05/10/2013 – Premier League
D – 1-1 v Shakhtar Donetsk (A) 02/10/2013 – Champions League

CANARIES FORM…
D – 0-0 v Cardiff City (H) 26/10/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-4 v Arsenal (A) 19/10/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-3 v Chelsea (H) 06/10/2013 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v Stoke City (A) 29/09/2013 – Premier League
W – 3-2 (AET) v Watford (A) 24/09/2013 – Capital One Cup Third Round

LAST MANCHESTER UNITED XI (4-2-3-1 v Stoke City)…
David de Gea; Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra (c); Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley; Nani, Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa; Robin van Persie.

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-3-3 v Cardiff City)…
John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Sebastien Bassong (c), Michael Turner, Martin Olsson; Alexander Tettey, Leroy Fer, Jonny Howson; Anthony Pilkington, Robert Snodgrass, Gary Hooper.

REFEREE – Kevin Friend…
Leicestershire official Kevin Friend will take charge of his eighth game of the season at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

He refereed Manchester City’s 5-0 triumph over Wigan Athletic in the last round of the Capital One Cup, while his latest assignment was Coventry City’s 3-2 win over Sheffield United over a fortnight ago.

Friend’s last Norwich City game was the Canaries’ 2-1 home defeat to Aston Villa at the end of last season. He also took charge of last year’s Capital One Cup Final between Bradford City and Swansea City.

CAPITAL ONE CUP FOURTH ROUND FIXTURES…
Arsenal v Chelsea
Birmingham City v Stoke City
Burnley v West Ham United
Leicester City v Fulham
MANCHESTER UNITED v NORWICH CITY
Newcastle United v Manchester City (Wednesday, 19.45)
Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City (Wednesday, 19.45)
Sunderland v Southampton (Wednesday November 6, 19.45)


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