How to follow Norwich v United
Ralf Rangnick’s first away match as Manchester United's interim manager takes the Reds to Carrow Road for a Premier League clash with Norwich City,
United will be aiming to maintain our recent good form in Saturday’s teatime kick-off, although the Canaries have also been buoyant over the past month following Dean Smith’s appointment at their helm.
Ahead of our fourth game already in this busy December, here’s the key points of info to know…
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE MATCH?
The game at Carrow Road kicks off at 17:30 GMT on Saturday and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports' Main Event and Premier League channels in the UK. MUTV's coverage will begin when Matchday Live goes on air at 16:25 GMT - the show will include pre-match build-up, live match radio commentary and post-match analysis. Alternatively, you can follow the game with live updates via ManUtd.com and our Official App.
United are expected to welcome back the first-teamers who were given a rest for Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Young Boys in the Champions League. Aaron Wan-Bissaka suffered knee and wrist injuries during that game and we await further updates on his fitness, but Luke Shaw played 60 minutes on his return to the side and could challenge the in-form Alex Telles for the left-back spot. Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani are expected to remain on the sidelines for a little longer, while Paul Pogba is still out and Anthony Martial has recently joined him due to a knee injury.
Brandon Williams, who is enjoying a fruitful loan spell with Norwich, will be ineligible as Premier League rules state players can’t face their parent clubs. Mathias Normann should be available again after a pelvic issue but Milot Rashica and Christoph Zimmermann look set to be ruled out. Young midfielder Todd Cantwell is back after a COVID-related absence.
That draw with Young Boys extended United’s unbeaten run in all competitions to five games, although Rangnick is likely to ring the changes after giving all 11 of the players who started the Premier League wins over Arsenal and Crystal Palace the night off at Old Trafford. The Reds’ last away league game, at Chelsea a fortnight ago, ended 1-1 with Jorginho’s penalty levelling Jadon Sancho’s breakaway goal.
After a difficult start to the season where they picked up just two points from their opening 10 league games, the Canaries have hit upon a decent run of form with two wins – against Brentford and Southampton – and two draws from their last five. Although still bottom of the league, Norwich are now within a win of Watford in 17th place.
THE NEW MANAGER
Daniel Farke parted company with the East Anglians following that maiden league win at Brentford, with Smith filling the vacancy shortly after he had himself departed from Aston Villa. The 50-year-old guided Norwich to a comeback victory to Southampton in his league bow at Carrow Road and followed that up by earning credible draws with Wolves and Newcastle, before a first defeat at Tottenham. Smith introduced a 3-5-2 formation for that encounter and Norwich dominated the possession but were undone by Lucas Moura’s brilliant opener and went on to lose 3-0.
This will be our 10th Premier League trip to Carrow Road and we’ve won on seven of the previous nine visits. Memorable victories in that spell include the 3-0 counter-attacking blitz which proved so vital to our 1993 title triumph, as well as the 2-1 success in 2012 which was secured via Ryan Giggs’s stoppage-time winner.
Our last top-flight jaunt to East Anglia came in October 2019, when goals from Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Martial helped us to three points, although we did play at Carrow Road behind closed doors last year, in a 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final triumph. Odion Ighalo and Harry Maguire were on the scoresheet on that occasion.
Marcus Rashford has been involved in four goals in his two Premier League games against Norwich (3 goals, 1 assist), averaging a goal involvement every 37 minutes.
None of United’s last four managers have lost their first away game in the Premier League.
With thanks to Opta.
Referee: Darren England
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Peter Kirkup
Fourth official: Andy Madley
VAR: John Brooks
Assistant VAR: Eddie Smart
PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES
FRIDAY 10 DECEMBER
Brentford v Watford (20:00 GMT)
SATURDAY 11 DECEMBER
Manchester City v Wolves (12:30 GMT)
Arsenal v Southampton
Chelsea v Leeds
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Norwich v UNITED (17:30 GMT)
SUNDAY 12 DECEMBER
Brighton v Tottenham (14:00 GMT)
Burnley v West Ham (14:00 GMT)
Leicester v Newcastle (14:00 GMT)
Crystal Palace v Everton (16:30 GMT)
All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless stated.