Canaries welcome the Premier League leaders to Carrow Road. This preview is courtesy of fanatix.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to hand supersub Javier Hernandez a rare start, after the Mexican produced another match-winning performance from the bench against Aston Villa. United currently lead the Premier League and few would bet against them finishing there, with Robin van Persie looking lethal.
But the Red Devils look vulnerable defensive and have had to come from behind on numerous occasions this season. Their critics will argue that their luck must soon run out. In Grant Holt, Norwich have a player capable of causing United’s centre-halves problems, so don’t bet against a few goals in this one.
Venue Carrow Road, Saturday 5.30pm
Tickets Sold out
Last season Norwich 1 Man Utd 2
Referee Anthony Taylor
This season’s matches 8 Y14, R3, 2.12 cards per game
Odds Norwich 7-1 Man Utd 4-9 Draw 7-2
Subs from Bunn, Rudd, Howson, Jackson, Surman, Fox, Morison, E Bennett, Lappin, Tierney, Barnett, R Bennett, Murphy
Doubtful Tettey (back)
Injured R Martin (back, 24 Nov), Kane (metatarsal, 2 Dec)
Form guide DWDWLL
Disciplinary record Y8 R0
Leading scorer Holt 3
Subs from Johnstone, Lindegaard, Evans, Büttner, Welbeck, Scholes, Giggs, Powell, Bébé, Macheda, Henríquez, Rooney, Fletcher, Cleverley
Doubtful Evans (groin), Rooney (ankle)
Injured Jones (knee, 24 Nov), Nani (hamstring, 24 Nov), Kagawa (knee, 1 Dec), Vidic (knee, 23 Dec)
Form guide WWWWWL
Disciplinary record Y19 R0
Leading scorer Van Persie 8
Norwich have only beaten United once in their past 14 league meetings: 2-0 at Carrow Road in April 2005 (W1, D1, L12).
In their most recent encounter in February, Ryan Giggs marked his 900th appearance for Manchester United with a 90th-minute winner.
The Canaries are unbeaten in their last four league games (W2, D2).
They have kept three clean sheets in that time, and their season’s tally of four is bettered by only Stoke and West Ham.
Only Sunderland have scored fewer goals than the eight scored by Norwich.
Michael Turner is poised to make his 300th career league start and his 350th club appearance.
United have won 14 of their last 16 matches in all competitions, including nine of the last 10 league fixtures.
They have trailed in 10 of their 17 matches this season. In the league, they have gained an unrivalled 15 points from losing positions – five times as many as they managed in 2011-12.
A sixth successive away win in the Premier League would represent their best form since a similar sequence between December 2001 and February 2002.
Javier Hernandez has scored seven goals in his last five appearances in all competitions. He has scored 27 goals in 62 league appearances for United, despite only making 34 starts.
Robin van Persie has scored eight goals and registered three assists in 11 Premier League appearances for the club. He has also scored 56 goals in his last 66 league games.
Michael Carrick could make his 400th career league appearance.
fanatix prediction: United to win 2-0.
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