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28/02/2013 15:32, Report by Adam Marshall
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Preview: United v Norwich

Last meeting: United's last defeat came at Carrow Road  on 17 November on a rare occasion when the Reds haven't fired this term. Anthony Pilkington's magnificent header on the hour-mark earned the Canaries the points and the closest Sir Alex's side came to a goal was through Sebastien Bassong, who forced a fine stop out of his own keeper John Ruddy in stoppage time.

Did you know? United's last home reverse to Norwich was back in 1989 when current assistant-manager Mike Phelan scored one of the goals and Andy Townsend hit the winner.

Opposition boss: Chris Hughton has forged a reputation as an excellent manager and the quietly-spoken boss can be pleased with his work at Carrow Road. The former Tottenham full-back was perhaps unfairly relieved of his duties at Newcastle before guiding Birmingham to the Championship play-offs. The 54-year-old won 53 caps for the Republic of Ireland in his playing days.

Star man: Sebastien Bassong has been a key figure in defence and has popped up with three goals in the Barclays Premier League this term. The shrewd signing from Spurs has plenty of pace and aggression and will look to keep the Reds' strikers at bay on Saturday and organise things at the heart of the back-four.

Quote/unquote: "I was part of the Kansas City team that beat Manchester United [in a pre-season friendly in 2010] – they are the only team in America to have done that. I scored a headed goal and got an assist in a 2-1 win. So I may be a marked man against them now!" Kei Kamara, Norwich.

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