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Ben Godfrey: You can’t be intimidated by the name

27 October 2019

While Manchester United's recent history hasn't mirrored the success of decades gone by, the club remains one of the biggest in world football.

Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey isn't fazed by that, however, insisting that he and his team-mates "can't be intimidated by the name" 'Manchester United' ahead of this weekend's Premier League game between the two sides.

"It’s a massive name and they’ve had huge success over the years, but we’ve got to be confident," he added. "There might be a bit of negative feeling around their place at the minute with all the stuff going on in the media, but there are some real talented boys at that football club and it’s going to be a really tough game.

"We’ll definitely be trying to get three points, as we always do at Carrow Road. Hopefully, the stadium will be bouncing and it’s a good atmosphere."

That Carrow Road atmosphere, so powerful and prevalent in City's previous encounter with a Manchester side, was crucial to the Canaries getting an unexpected win over United's noisy neighbours a few weeks ago.

"When you hear the fans like they were against Man City, and they were loud, they’re like the 12th man," Godfrey said. "It does help you and it makes it horrible for the opposition. When the stadium goes quiet at Carrow Road it can affect you in a negative way.

"If you go away and the stadium is quiet it makes it so much easier for you, so if our fans can be loud and intimidating all the time it will make our job a little bit easier. Those little percentages count."

To read the full interview with Ben Godfrey, in which City's ever-present centre-half goes into detail on his Premier League journey so far, representing England, and even the teething problems of getting a new dog, pick up a copy of OTBC, the Norwich City matchday programme outside the ground ahead of the game on Sunday.

This weekend's programme will be priced at £4.50, one pound more than usual with that additional pound going towards the #BuildTheNest campaign. For more information, click here.

To buy copies of the OTBC programme online for delivery, click here.


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