Manchester United will look to win their third successive Premier League game as they face Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday
Manchester United will look to win their third successive Premier League game as they face Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.
The Red Devils’ new manager Ralf Rangnick got off to winning ways following their 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace last week while Norwich were defeated 3-0 by Tottenham.
The Canaries have won 9 out of a possible 12 points in their last four Premier League games following the appointment of Dean Smith following his sacking from Aston Villa in November.
Now just three points from Watford who occupy 17th position, Norwich have been given some hope that they can escape relegation, though they face some tricky fixtures during the busy December month.
Following their game with Manchester United, they face Smith’s former side Aston Villa before games against West Ham and Arsenal which will give good reading of their position as we approach January.
Norwich’s last fixture was a 3-0 defeat away to Tottenham last weekend, which was after two draws against Newcastle and Wolves.
Against Manchester United, the Canaries have lost eight of their last 10 Premier League matches, with that last one coming in 2019 after a 3-1 home defeat.
Opting for a 4-2-2-2 formation, the United front line harassed Vieira’s side with a high press with the home side quickly winning the ball back and dominating possession in the first half.
Though it took until the 77th minute when the most unlikely scoring candidate – Fred – scored a sublime curling effort with his weaker foot to give Manchester United an all-important three points as they got back to winning ways at Old Trafford.
With United already through prior to the Young Boys match midweek, it allowed Rangnick to hand club debuts to Tom Heaton and academy graduates Charlie Savage and Zidane Iqbal.
The Red Devils and now undefeated in their last five matches in all competitions, sitting in sixth and just three points adrift of fourth-placed West Ham on 27 points with a superior goal difference.
Rangnick’s side will not have to play any of the top four until March, as they face Brentford, Brighton, Newcastle and Burnley to cap of December and has a fully-rested first eleven to pick from ahead of their trip to Norwich.
Norwich are without Christoph Zimmermann and Milot Rashica as well as Manchester United loanee Brandon Williams who is ineligible to face his parent club.
Mathias Normann also remains out through injury while Dimitris Giannoulis is likely to replace Brandon Williams at full-back.
As for the away side, they are still without Raphael Varane, Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial who are still recovering from injury with no set return dates.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka had to be stretchered off against Young Boys on Wednesday with Diogo Dalot set to retain his place at right-back, as well as Alex Telles who may keep his place after his impressive performances recently, despite Luke Shaw returning from injury.
Norwich City vs Manchester United – kick off at 5:30pm (UK time) on Saturday 11th December 2021