The Canaries must win against The Red Devils!

Last updated: May 4, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:45pm
Venue: Carrow Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLLWW
Away form: DWWWW
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

With 3 games remaining, Norwich City needs to take fresh points from the match against Manchester United on Saturday. The Canaries showed they know how to play against The Red Devils, beating them 2-1 at Old Trafford earlier this season. Moreover, Norwich City are on a run of 3 consecutive defeats in The Premier League and are now lying 19th in the standings, two points behind 17th-placed Newcastle United. So, Alex Neil’s players still have a good chance of staying in The Premiership, but they mustn’t lose against The Red Devils.

On the other hand, Manchester United are in very good shape. They’ve won 4 of their last 5 competitive games. Moreover, Louis van Gaal’s players reached the final of The FA Cup after an incredible 2-1 victory over Everton in the semi-finals. The Red Devils also need the three points, because they are fighting for a Champions League place for next season.

Norwich City have lost 12 of 24 matches against Manchester United at Carrow Road. The Canaries have recorded 6 victories at home against The Red Devils. The last time they beat United at Carrow Road was 4 years ago (1-0).

Team News

Timm Klose is the only injured player in Norwich City’s squad. The Swiss defender is suffering from a knee injury and will surely miss the game.

Alexander Tettey is now fit for Norwich City. The Norwegian midfielder can now be used by the manager after recovering from an ankle injury.

Luke Shaw of Manchester United is very close to recovery, but the left back will miss the last games for The Red Devils. Shaw had his leg broken in September 2015.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is suffering from a MCL knee ligament injury and is out for the remaining matches until the end of the season.

Quotes of the week

alex neil Alex Neil (Norwich) : “If we won the championship, I think that every player would deserve a statue.”

louis van gaal Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) : “We are in a period of transition. It is not so easy.”

Expected line-ups:

Norwich City (4-4-2): Ruddy, Ivo Pinto, Bassong, Olsson, Wisdom, O’Neil, Redmond, Brady, Howson, Hoolahan, Jerome.
Subs Rudd, Tettey, Dorrans, Jarvis, Mulumbu, Naismith, Mbokani.
Injured: Klose.
Not available:
Man United (4-1-4-1): De Gea, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Valencia, Carrick, Lingard, Fellaini, Rooney, Martial, Rashford.
Subs Romero, Darmian, Herrera, Fonsu-Mensah, Mata, Memphis, Schneiderlin.
Injured: Shaw, Schweinsteiger.
Not available:

So far this season

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Norwich this season Manchester United this season
19 League Position 5
5 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 11 (6)
3-1 vs. Bournemouth and Sunderland Biggest win 3-0 vs. Everton
5 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 5 (4)
7 (13) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (7)
2-6 to Newcastle Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Tottenham and Arsenal
Mbokani, Redmond (5) Top scorer Martial (9)
Hoolahan (8) Assist Leader Rooney, Mata (4)
Y58, R3 Discipline Y61, R1
13 Failures to score 10
5 Clean Sheets 17
17 Both Teams to Score Games 13
17 Over 2.5 Games 15
18 Under 2.5 Games 20
  • Norwich City have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 Premier League matches. Alex Neil’s players lost 4 of these games, which won them a place in the relegation zone.
  • There has been the option of ‘over 2.5 goals scored’ in 6 of The Canaries last 7 Premier League games at Carrow Road. Norwich have conceded 17 goals in these matches.
  • Manchester United finished with the option of ‘under 2.5 goals’ in 6 of their last 7 matches in The Premier League. But they have only failed to score twice.
  • The Red Devils lost 3 of their last 4 matches away from Old Trafford. Manchester United lost to Sunderland (2-1), West Brom (1-0) and Tottenham (3-0).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
19/12/15 The Premier League Man United 1-2 Norwich C. Jerome 38′
26/04/14 The Premier League Man United 4-0 Norwich W. Rooney (PG) 41′
28/12/13 The Premier League Norwich 0-1 Man United D. Welbeck 57′
29/10/13 The Capital One Cup Man United 4-0 Norwich J. Hernández (PG) 20′
02/03/13 The Premier League Man United 4-0 Norwich S. Kagawa 45′