LINEUPS & Preview : Manchester United v Norwich

MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM: De Gea; Jones, Vidic (c), Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa; Welbeck, Rooney.

 

Subs: Lindegaard, Smalling, Mata, Chicharito, Nani, Young, Fletcher.

 

NORWICH TEAM:Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin (c), Turner, Olsson; Johnson; Fer, Howson; Snodgrass; Redmond, van Wolfswinkel.

 

Subs: Bunn (GK), Hooper, Gutierrez, Elmander, R Bennett, Tettey, Josh Murphy.

 

 

Ryan Giggs takes charge of his first game as interim manager with Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville assisting

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A leader on the pitch, Ryan Giggs now has the task of managing his own team mates

It is time to concentrate on playing football for Manchester United having parted way with David Moyes, just nine months into the job. In a week of media hounds knocking on the door of Old Trafford for interviews, pictures and stories of recent events, it is time for the red devils to get back to basics and see out what has been a horror campaign. The first call of action the United board have jumped to is bring back ex-players from the golden generation, these have included; Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and the retained services of Phil Neville who worked under David Moyes. But it is Ryan Giggs who is calling the shots, the Welshman who has been at the club for over 26 years gets a crack at life as a Manchester United manager, a few year’s premature than what anyone would have envisaged.

“I’ve got to say it’s the proudest moment of my life. I’ve supported Manchester United all my life, it’s been the biggest part of my life since I was 14 when I signed schoolboy forms. I’m proud, happy, a little bit nervous but just like i am as a player I can’t wait for the game on Saturday.” Ryan Giggs

United currently lay in 7th place, six points behind sixth place Tottenham but with a game in hand. They face the other side in the league without a permananet manager in the form of Norwich City. The Canaries have lost their last four Premier League matches and sit just two points above the relegation zone. It is a must three points for step-in manager Micky Adams, as they face Chelsea and Arsenal after.

 Team news

Manchester United

  • Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic return to the squad
  • Adnan Januzaj likely to start
  • Rafael remains out injured

Norwich City

  • Elliott Bennett returns to the squad
  • Joseph Yobo remains out injured
  • No new injury concerns

 

Form guide (Last 5 games)

Manchester United

Everton 2-0 Man Utd
B Munich 3-1 Man Utd
Newcastle 0-4 Man Utd
Man Utd 1-1 B Munich
Man Utd 4-1 Aston Villa

 

Norwich City

Norwich 2-3 Liverpool
Fulham 1-0 Norwich
Norwich 0-1 West Brom
Swansea 3-0 Norwich
Norwich 2-0 Sunderland

 

Head to Head (Last 5 games)

Norwich 0-1 Man Utd
Man Utd 4-0 Norwich
Man Utd 4-0 Norwich
Norwich 1-0 Man Utd
Norwich 1-2 Man Utd

 

Statistics

  • United have won five and drawn one of their last six home games against Norwich
  • Norwich have taken fewer away points from any Premier League side this season (8)
  • The Canaries have not won an away game in their last nine. (L7 D2)
  • Norwich have conceded fewer goals at home than Manchester United

 

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