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MATCH PREVIEW: MANCHESTER UNITED V NORWICH CITY

25 April 2014

Our in-depth look at Saturday's match

MANCHESTER UNITED v NORWICH CITY
Barclays Premier League
17.30 kick-off
Old Trafford
Saturday, April 26, 2014

THE eyes of the national and international media will be on Ryan Giggs as he takes to the dugout for the first time as Manchester United manager on Saturday – but Neil Adams will be hoping his Canaries team steals the show.

City’s boss believes they have a chance if they replicate the second half performance against Liverpool – a showing that had the Carrow Road crowd on their feet, despite the game ending in defeat.

Adams will have Elliott Bennett added to his squad list as the winger makes his long-awaited return from his knee injury, but Joseph Yobo (calf) is still ruled out.

Results are paramount at this stage of the season, but you have to go back 25 years for the last time Norwich City won at Old Trafford with a 2-0 triumph in August 1989.

They have 16 wins in the head-to-head record compared to United’s 35, with the other 12 games have ended.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
NORWICH CITY 0-1 Manchester United 28/12/2013 – Premier League
Manchester United 4-0 NORWICH CITY 29/10/2013 – Capital One Cup Last 16
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



LAST TIME AROUND… Norwich City 0-1 Manchester United, December 28 2013 – Premier League…

The Canaries were cruelly denied a positive result when the sides met at Carrow Road in December as Danny Welbeck’s fortuitous strike secured the win for United.

Norwich were more than a match for their visitors, but when Ryan Bennett’s clearance deflected into the path of Welbeck, he finished calmly to net the game’s only goal.

Russell Martin and Gary Hooper were earlier denied by David de Gea, with the final result leaving City three points clear of the relegation places at the halfway stage of the season.

Then manager Chris Hughton said afterwards: "I thought we were magnificent right throughout game. Their winner was a fortuitous goal with the double deflection which ran into the path of Danny Welbeck.

"Our organisation was excellent and we had some good chances.

"On the balance of play, defeat is a tough one to take. So many aspects of our game were very good but goals win games - and their goal was fortunate."

RED DEVILS’ FORM…
L – 0-2 v Everton (A) 20/04/2014 – Premier League
L – 1-3 v Bayern Munich (A) 09/04/2014 – Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg
W – 4-0 v Newcastle United (A) 05/04/2014 – Premier League
D – 1-1 v Bayern Munich (H) 01/04/2014 - Champions League Quarter Final First Leg
W – 4-1 v Aston Villa (H) 29/04/2014 – Premier League

CANARIES’ FORM…
L – 2-3 v Liverpool (H) 20/04/2014 – Premier League
L – 0-1 v Fulham (A) 12/04/2014 – Premier League
L – 0-1 v West Bromwich Albion (H) 05/04/2014 – Premier League
L – 0-3 v Swansea City (A) 29/03/2014 – Premier League
W – 2-0 v Sunderland (H) 22/03/2014 – Premier League

LAST MANCHESTER UNITED XI (4-2-3-1 v Everton)…
David de Gea; Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Alexander Buttner; Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher; Nani, Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa; Wayne Rooney (c).

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-1-2-1-2 v Liverpool)…
John Ruddy; Steven Whittaker, Russell Martin (c), Michael Turner, Martin Olsson; Bradley Johnson; Jonny Howson, Leroy Fer; Robert Snodgrass; Nathan Redmond, Gary Hooper.

REFEREE – Lee Probert…
Saturday evening’s clash will be just Lee Probert’s second Norwich City game of the campaign.

His only other Canaries assignment came last October when he oversaw the 4-1 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Wiltshire official Probert was most recently in action last Saturday, when he was in the middle for Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-1 win over Fulham at White Hart Lane.

He has given out five red cards and 49 yellow cards in his 28 games this season.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES (all games at 15.00 on Saturday unless stated otherwise)…
Southampton v Everton (12.45)
Fulham v Hull City
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur
Swansea City v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United
MANCHESTER UNITED v NORWICH CITY (17.30)
Sunderland v Cardiff City (Sunday, 12.00)
Liverpool v Chelsea (Sunday, 14.05)
Crystal Palace v Manchester City (Sunday, 16.10)
Arsenal v Newcastle United (Monday, 20.00)

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