Norwich City v Manchester United

5 May

Norwich players celebrate against Manchester United


Norwich could claim their first league double against Manchester United since the 1989-90 season

TEAM NEWS

Norwich will again be without injured pair Timm Klose and Alexander Tettey for the visit of Manchester United.

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini misses out because of suspension.

The Belgian begins a three-match ban after accepting a violent conduct charge following an off-the-ball clash against Leicester last weekend.

Long-term absentees Bastian Schweinsteiger and Luke Shaw remain sidelined.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Jonathan Pearce: “One Carrow Road memory still makes me tingle.

“It was 9 April 2005. Tea time. I’d backed Hedgehunter to win the Grand National that day. Ruby Walsh romped home by 14 lengths. Manchester United were expected to romp it at bottom club Norwich to maintain their title hopes. The Canaries had lost five in a row.

“But the place was jumping. Dean Ashton and Leon McKenzie scored. 2-0. That day Norwich could dream of a miracle. They need one now.

“This is a ‘long goodbye’ game. A home defeat would signal almost certain relegation. United can kiss farewell to the top four if they lose. Where’s Ruby Walsh when you need him?”

Twitter: @jpearcefootball

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: “We have to win our matches because otherwise we cannot be in the first four – that’s the pressure that we have. We have to fight until the end, and then we have still a title [the FA Cup] to win.

“We have to assess the tiredness of the players because there’s an overload of matches, so maybe I have to rotate. Every week you have something that you don’t like, but I think we can manage.”

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Victory would give Norwich the league double over Manchester United for the first time since the 1989-90 season.
  • Manchester United have never lost home and away to a newly-promoted side in the same Premier League campaign.

Norwich City

  • Norwich have won two of their last 15 league games, losing 11 of those matches.
  • The Canaries have conceded nine penalties in this season’s Premier League, more than any other side.
  • They have won one of their last seven home league games (D2, L4).

Manchester United

  • United have not won a Premier League match outside of Manchester since January.
  • They have claimed one victory in their last five top-flight away games (D1, L3) – that was 1-0 at Manchester City on 20 March.
  • Louis van Gaal’s side have scored just four goals in their last six Premier League away matches.
  • Juan Mata has scored four Premier League goals versus Norwich – more than against any other opponent.

SAM (Sports Analytics Machine) is a super-computer created by Professor Ian McHale at the University of Salford that is used to predict the outcome of football matches.

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