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Match Preview: Norwich City v Manchester United

26 June 2020

Nearly four months after our dramatic penalty shootout win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Norwich City are back in FA Cup action at Carrow Road on Saturday (5.30pm KO).

We face Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals, looking to book a place in the semi-finals at Wembley!

Our Match Preview contains a ‘Road to the Quarters’ for each side, as well as details on who will be officiating and how to watch the game.

Road to the Quarters

Our FA Cup journey for the 2019-20 season began at the Deepdale Stadium back in early January 2020. Just 18 years old at the time, Adam Idah made the headlines with his excellent hat-trick against Preston North End. Onel Hernandez was also on the scoresheet, City emerging with a 4-2 win!

Towards the end of January, another long away day beckoned, with Burnley drawn to host City in the FA Cup’s fourth round. Turf Moor hadn’t been a happy hunting ground for Daniel Farke’s side earlier in the Premier League season, but there was a taste of revenge as goals from Grant Hanley and Josip Drmic were enough to secure a 2-1 win.

None of us are forgetting the fifth round in a hurry! We were always going to be the underdog away to Spurs, but Drmic’s equaliser to Jan Vertonghen’s opener left the score at 1-1 after extra-time. With Tim Krul on penalty saving duties, this game was only going one way, and we booked a place in the quarter-finals for the first time in 28 years!

As for United, they’ve played one more game than City on their road to the quarters, but haven’t conceded a single goal in the journey so far! Round Three began at Wolverhampton Wanderers, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side saw out a 0-0 draw before winning 1-0 in the replay at Old Trafford, courtesy of Juan Mata’s 67th minute winner.

Round Four was much more convincing, Tranmere Rovers the victims as United put six past the League One opposition, with Harry Maguire, Diogo Dalot, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all getting in on the act.

Their passage to the quarters was confirmed following another convincing 3-0 win at Pride Park in March, Luke Shaw and Odion Ighalo the scorers against Derby County.

Ref watch

Jonathan Moss will see over Saturday’s fixture, having taken charge of 26 games in all competitions this season, handing out 86 yellow cards and two reds.

The last Norwich game he refereed was our 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day, five City players going into the book that day.

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Moss will be assisted by Edward Smart and Peter Kirkup, with Andy Madley the fourth official. Simon Hooper and Derek Eaton are on VAR duties.

How to follow

The match is being broadcast free to air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, with kick-off at 5.30pm BST.

#NR1Live is back for Saturday’s game with host Darren Eadie being joined in the studio by Rob Newman. You can catch the pre and post-match chat for FREE on our YouTube channel from 5pm, with the programme switching over to Canaries TV when the game begins.

Canaries TV subscribers can listen to live BBC Radio Norfolk commentary from Chris Goreham by purchasing a match/monthly/yearly pass. For more information, 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 and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

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