The failure in The Champions League is still affecting United

Last updated: December 15, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details


Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Old Trafford
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLDDD
Away form: DLDLW
Last season: 4-0
Competition: The Premier League

The disappointment of elimination from The Champions League led to another defeat for Manchester United. The Red Devils were totally smashed by Bournemouth in the last round of the Premier League, but lost only 2-1. It will be very hard for Louis van Gaal to motivate his players for the next match. In addition, I’m wondering; why is he still playing Marouane Fellaini? Maybe because he is tall? The trees are taller too!

However, this is the chance for Norwich to leave Old Trafford with all three points. Alex Neil’s team should take advantage of United’s long injury list and put Man United’s Dutch manager under pressure. In addition, The Canaries have significantly improved their performance in their recent Premiership matches. They even ended with a draw against Arsenal.

On the other hand, the stats are in Manchester United’s favour. The Red Devils have won 16 of the last 20 head to head matches. The Canaries have recorded only 3 victories at Old Trafford from 25 matches. Can Manchester United win again against The Canaries or will The Red Devils’ crisis continue?

Team News

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been suspended for 3 matches. He was banned after the game against West Ham, so the German will miss the match.

Wayne Rooney is suffering from an ankle injury. He is expected to return to full training within two weeks.

The Red Devils are missing 5 defensive players, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Darmian, Chris Smalling and Rojo will surely miss the match against Norwich.

Only Matt Jarvis is injured in The Canaries’ squad. He is suffering from a knee injury and is expected to be fit by the end of the month.

Quotes of the week

louis van gaal
Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) :
“It is very disappointing because, in spite of the early goal, we came on very well in the match.”

alex neil
Alex Neil (Norwich) :
“Regardless of how good you are, in football you are going to have times which are tough, and that can be the making of you, or you can accept it and roll over, but that certainly wont be the case here.”

Expected line-ups:

Man United (3-5-2): De Gea, McNair, Varela, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Young, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Mata, Martial, Memphis.
Subs Romero, Pereira, Jones, Fellaini, Lingard, Wilson, Tuanzebe.
Injured: Shaw, Herrera, Smalling, Valencia, Rooney, Rojo, Darmian.
Not available: Schweinsteiger
Norwich (5-4-1): Ruddy, Wisdom, Bassong, Brady, Martin, Mulumbu, Redmond, Jerome, Howson, Hoolahan, Mbokani.
Subs Dorrans, Lafferty, Rudd, Bennett, Whittaker, Grabban, Tettey
Injured: Jarvis
Not available:

Key Battle

Mata this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
16 1298 4 1,6 3 1 2 0
Redmond Redmond this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
10 (5) 1010 4 1,6 1 1 0 0

So far this season

. . .
Manchester United this season Norwich this season
4 League Position 18
4 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (1)
3-0 vs. Everton and Sunderland Biggest win 3-1 vs. Bournemouth and Sunderland
3 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (2)
0 (3) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (5)
0-3 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 2-6 to Newcastle
Mata (4) Top scorer Redmond (4)
Mata (3) Assist Leader Hoolahan (5)
Y25, R0 Discipline Y25, R2
5 Failures to score 4
9 Clean Sheets 1
6 Both Teams to Score Games 11
8 Over 2.5 Games 8
8 Under 2.5 Games 8
  • Manchester United smashed Norwich in the last match between these two teams. The Red Devils won 4-0 and the goals were scored by Rooney (2) and Mata (2).
  • The Red Devils have won the last 4 games between Manchester United and Norwich, scoring 13 goals.
  • Manchester United still haven’t lost a home match this season. They have won 4 from 7 conceding only 1 goal at Old Trafford.
  • Norwich have lost 5 from their 8 away Premier League games this season. They won on only 1 occasion (3-1 against Sunderland).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
26/04/14 The Premier League Manchester United 4-0 Norwich W. Rooney (PG) 41′
28/12/13 The Premier League Norwich 0-1 Manchester United Welbeck 57′
29/10/13 The Capital One Cup Manchester United 4-0 Norwich J. Hernández (PG) 20′
02/03/13 The Premier League Manchester United 4-0 Norwich S. Kagawa 45′
17/11/12 The Premier League Norwich 1-0 Manchester United A. Pilkington 60′