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Match Preview: Manchester United v Norwich City

10 January 2020

Norwich City travel to Old Trafford this weekend for the first time since 2015’s 2-1 win under Alex Neil.

Our match preview contains a look at the opposition, statistics on who is officiating the game, how to stay up to date with what’s going on, and important information for fans travelling to Manchester.

The opposition

Manchester United’s season has improved since we last played them at Carrow Road in October, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side now fifth in the Premier League and just five points behind Chelsea.

However, they were in the same position more than a month ago following their win at local rivals Manchester City.

While United will still be hopeful of sneaking into the top four, the game against Norwich comes between two important cup games. The Red Devils suffered Carabao Cup semi final defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Tuesday night, and an FA Cup replay with Wolverhampton Wanderers follows this weekend’s game.

They can’t afford to let their foot off the gas in the league though, with Tottenham Hotspur hot on their heels in the chase for top four.

Ref watch

Anthony Taylor will oversee the fixture and be assisted by Richard West and Mark Scholes. Marc Edwards will be the fourth official. Darren Bond and Darren Cann are overseeing VAR.

Taylor has refereed 26 games so far this season across the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and European Championships, handing out 125 yellow cards and five reds in those fixtures.

A good omen, he was last appointed to officiate a Norwich game for our 2-0 win at Goodison Park in November. City picked up five yellow cards in that game, while Everton were shown three.

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How to follow

Canaries TV subscribers can listen to live BBC Radio Norfolk commentary from Chris Goreham by purchasing a match/monthly/yearly pass. For more info, click HERE.

We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on canaries.co.uk and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Info for supporters

Due to traffic queues and delays to journey times around the stadium supporters arriving by car are encouraged to use Park & Ride facilities and complete the journey to the stadium via Metrolink. After the match the Park & Rides are conveniently located next to the Motorway network to get you home quicker.

  • East Didsbury with 302 spaces – Kingsway, Parrs Wood M19 1TB
  • Sale Water Park with 300 spaces – Rifle Road, M33 2LX
  • Ladywell with 250 spaces – Eccles New Road, Eccles, M6 8HD

Alternatively, there is ample parking in the City Centre and the stadium can be accessed easily via several Metrolink lines and bus routes.

Please note there is a resident’s permit scheme in operation around the stadium, so parking is limited.

Entertainment

Manchester City Centre has hundreds of bars and restaurants to choose from (many with special offers at this time of year!) so enjoy pre and post-match entertainment in the City Centre. There are NO nominated away pubs near to the stadium. The stadium opens at 1pm and bars will be open from this time within the stadium. Please note there is a PSPO which prevents drinking in all the Public areas surrounding the Stadium.

Security

MUFC have a restricted bag policy so only A5 size bags will be permitted within the area around Old Trafford and into the stadium. Any bags larger than that will have to go in a bag drop at a cost of £10. Staff at the ground will be on hand to assist.

To find out about Old Trafford’s accessible facilities for disabled fans click HERE. For further information, see the visiting supporters guide HERE. For audio commentary, headsets need to be prearranged through accessibility@manutd.co.uk. Once confirmed, they’ll ensure one is taken to the fan’s seat.


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