Norwich v United: Your essential guide
Manchester United travel to East Anglia to face Norwich City on Sunday for the second of four consecutive away games.
After we beat Partizan Belgrade 1-0 on Thursday to end our winless run away from home, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping for more success on the road, this time in the Premier League.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match against the Canaries, which kicks off at 16:30 GMT...
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE MATCH?
Unfortunately, the match isn’t being broadcast live in the UK – it has been switched to Sunday because of our Europa League commitments. MUTV subscribers will still be able to follow all the build-up through the ‘Match Day Live’ show from 15:00 GMT; this is then followed by live radio commentary. You can also keep up to date with what’s going on through our coverage on ManUtd.com and the Official App, where you can track live data and player statistics in the Match Centre. MUTV will be showing a full re-run of the game the following day.
PAST MEETINGS WITH THE CANARIES
United’s overall record against Norwich makes for good reading – in 67 meetings with the East Anglian side, we’ve won 37 and lost 17, drawing the other 13. There have been eight Premier League fixtures between the sides played at Carrow Road, with the Reds victorious on six of those occasions, including on our last visit in 2016, when Juan Mata’s 72nd-minute strike proved pivotal. Norwich managed famous wins against us in 2005 and 2012 and will be hoping for another after shocking Manchester City at home earlier this season.
Both teams are looking for their first Premier League wins since 14 September, when United saw off Leicester at home, courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s penalty, and the Canaries defeated the champions. The Reds come into the game on the back of two encouraging performances in the shape of a draw against Liverpool and the away victory in Belgrade, while Norwich recorded their first clean sheet of the season in last Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate with Bournemouth. Currently, United sit 14th in the table, on 10 points, while Norwich are five places and three points further back.
Jesse Lingard returned to the United starting line-up in Belgrade, as did goalscorer Anthony Martial, and the pair could be in line to feature at Carrow Road on Sunday. Goalkeeper David De Gea, who played against Liverpool on Sunday but did not travel to Serbia, is also likely to be involved. Paul Pogba (ankle), Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw (hamstring) and Axel Tuanzebe (hip) could still be missing for the Reds, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealing in his pre-match press conference that the club is ‘working hard to get them fit'.
Norwich have been heavily affected by injuries in the early weeks of the season and defenders Timm Klose (knee), Christoph Zimmermann (ankle) and Grant Hanley (groin) are all long-term absentees. They are joined on the treatment table by Mario Vrancic, who is still recovering from a calf problem suffered prior to the beginning of the season, and on-loan goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann. Tom Trybull and Onel Hernandez are fit to play, according to Daniel Farke, after returning as substitutes at Bournemouth last Saturday.
ONES TO WATCH
Striker Teemu Pukki is the stand-out name in the Norwich line-up. The Finland star enjoyed a prolific start to the season, netting six goals in his opening five matches, including a hat-trick against Newcastle United. That was enough to earn the 29-year-old the Premier League Player-of-the-Month award for August and, although Pukki hasn’t registered since the win over Manchester City, the Reds will still have to be aware of his threat in and around the 18-yard-box.
Another player who has shone in his inaugural top-flight season is midfielder Todd Cantwell. The homegrown midfielder has featured in every game for the Canaries so far, laying on two assists for Pukki’s hat-trick and also managing two strikes of his own, against Chelsea and City. In defence, while Norwich have leaked goals early on, 21-year-old Jamal Lewis has impressed at left-back, playing the full 90 minutes in each of Daniel Farke’s side’s opening nine fixtures.
WHO’S THE REFEREE?
Stuart Attwell will take charge of Sunday’s clash. This will be the 37-year-old's fifth top-flight fixture of the season and his first involving United since our 2-1 home win over Watford in March. Attwell will be assisted by Constantine Hatzidakis and Richard West, with Oliver Langford as fourth official. David Coote and Nick Hopton are on VAR duty.
Matchday 10 of the 2019/20 Premier League sees matches split across three days, with Southampton kicking things off when they host Leicester City on Friday night. Here’s a full list of what’s on this weekend...
FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER
Southampton v Leicester City (20:00 BST)
SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER
Manchester City v Aston Villa (12:30 BST)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton
Watford v Bournemouth
West Ham United v Sheffield United
Burnley v Chelsea (17:30 BST)
SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER
Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers (14:00 GMT)
Arsenal v Crystal Palace (16:30 GMT)
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur (16:30 GMT)
Norwich City v UNITED (16:30 GMT)
All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless stated
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