Norwich: At a glance

Manager: Chris Hughton

Stadium: Carrow Road

Home & Away*: (A) Sat 28 Dec; (H) Sat 26 April

Last year: 11th

Last time we met: United 4-0 Norwich, 2 Mar 2013

*Dates/KO times subject to change

14/08/2013 08:45,

Preview 13/14: Norwich

After two seasons in the top flight, the Canaries are chasing more than just Premier League safety...

A decent year of consolidation for Norwich last term? They took time to settle under new boss Chris Hughton but soon found their rhythm en route to a respectable 11th-placed finish, which was one spot higher than the year before. However, with 14 draws on the board, it could have been so much better - or perhaps worse, depending on your outlook.

Where have they improved? Scoring was a problem - their 41 goals was the league's third-worst tally. It seems owner Delia Smith knows more about the onion bag than her forwards, but has the problem been fixed? The Canaries certainly hope so. Grant Holt departed for Wigan and Hughton splashed the cash on Dutch international striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon. They also drafted in Gary Hooper from Celtic, among a raft of signings which include left-back Javier Garrido from Lazio and towering Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer from Twente.

When we will see them? Trips to Carrow Road are always tricky – just see last November's 1-0 defeat for evidence - and this year's fixture, pencilled in for 28 December, will be testing in the busy Christmas schedule (not to mention a bit of a trek for our fans). The return, however, at Old Trafford on 26 April looks far more manageable, albeit at a key time in the title race.

Who's their main man? Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Aside from arguably having the best name in the division, his 82 goals in 188 games for Sporting, FC Utrecht and Vitesse Arnhem offers the killer instinct the Canaries lacked last term.

Any interesting facts and figures?
Norwich have never won at Old Trafford in Premier League history. At the last time of asking, the Canaries were defeated by Shinji Kagawa's sublime hat-trick and Wayne Rooney’s late thunderbolt.

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