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16/11/2012 09:35, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Preview: Norwich v United

Last meeting: On his 900th club appearance, Ryan Giggs showed his eternal quality with a 90th minute finish to seal a dramatic 2-1 win at Carrow Road last February. Paul Scholes opened the scoring, ghosting into the penalty area to stab home from close range before Grant Holt levelled late on, prompting a chaotic but ultimately glorious finale for United.

Did you know? United's assistant manager Mike Phelan scored 10 goals in 194 appearances for Norwich City before swapping Carrow Road for Old Trafford in 1989 - joining teammate Steve Bruce, who had also left the Canaries to join the Reds a year earlier.

Opposition boss: Chris Hughton has endured a lute warm start since taking over at Carrow Road in the summer, picking up 11 points from a possible 33. However, the former Newcastle and Birmingham City manager is unbeaten in four matches - recently beating Arsenal - and appears to have turned a corner. "We'll need all that momentum and all the defensive qualities we have shown recently, and more, to get something against United," Hughton declared. "They don't come any tougher than that game, even at home."

Star man: Since gaining promotion to the Premier League in 2011, John Ruddy has distinguished himself as one of the finest goalkeepers in the top-flight. The 26-year-old, formerly of Everton and Cambridge, even secured a call-up for Roy Hodgson’s England at Euro 2012 before pulling out with a broken finger. Tasked with keeping goal against United’s plethora of attackers, Ruddy is set for a busy afternoon on Saturday.

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