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Match Preview: Norwich City Under-23s v Manchester United

31 January 2020

It’s been a while, but Norwich City’s Under-23s are finally making their return to league action, as they host Manchester United at Carrow Road this Friday (7pm kick-off).

A win would continue the Canaries hot streak in the league and continue their pursuit of Middlesbrough and Swansea, who sit just three and four points away respectively. A win against Man United would also tally up City’s win streak to a superb four.

The past five games have almost been perfect for the Canaries, winning four games and losing just one, meaning they have taken a hefty 12 points from a possible 15. 

Manchester United are a tough test for the Canaries, and possibly their toughest game since West Ham back in October. Quite intimidatingly, the Manchester side have only lost two games this season, winning an impressive 12 in total.

The Canaries last met Manchester United back in September of the current season, losing out 2-0 to the Red Devils away from home at Leigh Sports Village.

United currently sit 2nd in the Premier League 2 Division 2, barely trailing West Ham by two points. What is already a great title race to earn promotion is made even more impressive when it’s realised that the Red Devils are nine points clear of third.

U23s left-back Rob Nizet is in high spirits for the game, saying after doing his bit in the U18s FA Youth Cup game, its time to focus on promotion for the U23s.

“It was very good to play with the Under-18s in their FA Youth Cup game, but now I’m really buzzing for the Man United game. There is not many league games left, I think just six after this game. Obviously, our goal is to get promoted, and to do that we need to win four games and draw at least one, so it’s tough but we’re looking to get going.”

“I think we know their weaknesses and how to exploit them, we’re well prepared for this game. We all think we can hurt Man United and get the win”

"We’ve been focusing on Man United this week, spending the whole week working on our set-pieces and how we play.”

With the doors of Carrow Road open once again for fans to support the side, Nizet showed his appreciation for those who come along to cheer them on.

“It’s a really good feeling to have when the fans are backing you, we appreciate that so much. It helps a lot to have them behind us, and hopefully we’ll be able to give them what they want, which is a win.”

With this fixture taking place at Carrow Road, please note the Wensum area of the City stand will be open to supporters on the night, with entry being FREE of charge.


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