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CITY v MAN UTD: OPPOSITION VIEW

5 May 2016

MANCHESTER UNITED

Nickname: The Red Devils
Manager: Louis van Gaal
2014-15: 4th
Ground: Old Trafford

VAN GAAL ON SATURDAY
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his side has a score to settle when they face Norwich City at Carrow Road in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday (12:45pm).

"They won at Old Trafford, so we have to take revenge," the 64-year old told the media on Thursday, having been beaten by the Canaries on home turf earlier this season.


"It shall be a very tough game. It is always difficult against a team fighting to keep their place in the Premier League but that is no excuse.

"We have to cope with that and win. We are second best in home wins after Leicester and tenth in away matches.

"When we want to be a champion, we have to improve in our away matches, first against Norwich and then against West Ham United."

STAR PLAYER
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has once again had a largely successful season individually, producing a series of resolute displays between the sticks.

The Spaniard endured a difficult start to the campaign, being left out of the side for the opening games of the campaign while he was conspicuously courted by La Liga giants Real Madrid.

However, a proposed transfer to Santiago Bernabéu eventually fell through in dramatic circumstances, with de Gea going on to sign a new four-year contract at Old Trafford shortly after.


Not looking back since, de Gea has been the standout player for a United side who have conceded just 31 goals in 35 league games so far this term.

Such performances have been duly recognised by players across the Barclays Premier League, who voted him into the PFA Team of the Year towards the end of last month.

It marked the third time de Gea had been elected to the division's select starting XI, having previously made the cut during the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons.

LAST TIME OUT
So often the team to win the Barclays Premier League title, Manchester United found themselves facing a different proposition when they hosted Leicester City last weekend.

A stunning season from the Foxes left them within one win of becoming champions when they headed to Old Trafford, something nobody had expected at the start of the campaign.

Anthony Martial's early goal was a fly in the ointment for Ranieri's visitors, before they were kept in the contest by a fine save from goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel - son of former United stopper, Peter.



As had so often been the case, Leicester rallied emphatically; captain Wes Morgan heading them level from a set-piece less than ten minutes after they fell behind.

An increasingly open affair ensued as the midlands outfit pushed for the goal needed to make history, but Danny Drinkwater's late dismissal against his former employers saw them restricted to a point.

Tottenham's failure to win at Chelsea the following day confirmed Leicester's famous success, with Manchester United left to focus on securing a place in the top four ahead of their FA Cup Final against Crystal Palace.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Joel Castro Pereira, Sam Johnstone.

Defenders: Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Guillermo Varela, Paddy McNair, Matteo Darmian, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Midfielders: Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira.

Attackers: Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford, Will Keane.



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