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27/12/2013 15:00, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Preview: Norwich v United

Last meeting: Earlier this season, United strolled into the Capital One Cup last eight as Javier Hernandez’s double set up a 4-0 win and helped end Norwich's hopes of an Old Trafford upset. The Mexican converted from the spot after Adnan Januzaj had been brought down before nodding in after the break. Phil Jones then rifled home a volley before Fabio crowned the win with a precise finish from Wayne Rooney's pass. 

Did you know? Rooney netted his 150th Premier League goal for United during the Boxing Day win over Hull, joining Arsenal legend Thierry Henry on the short list of players who have reached the landmark for a single club. Notably, the Reds striker is now just three strikes behind the great Jack Rowley on the club’s all-time scoring chart. 

Star man: Norwich’s long pursuit of Gary Hooper finally came to fruition when the striker signed from Celtic for an undisclosed fee in July 2013, becoming the Canaries’ seventh summer signing. Since then, the 25-year-old Englishman has scored seven goals in all competitions, most recently netting in a 1-1 draw with Swansea City in mid-December.

Quote/unquote: “It’s always a good atmosphere at Carrow Road and I’m sure they’ll come out running and trying to get in our faces, but we have to show our quality and hopefully that will win us the game.” – Wayne Rooney

Whistle-blower: Staffordshire official Phil Dowd will be the man in the middle on Saturday, taking charge of his first United match since the opening-day win over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. During this campaign, he has dished out 65 yellow cards and one red in 16 games.

Rivals watch: Second-placed Manchester City host Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday before league leaders Arsenal travel to Newcastle on Sunday. Chelsea welcome

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