Norwich City celebrate.

Welcome back to the Premier League, Norwich City!

After three seasons away, Norwich City will be back on Manchester United's fixture list after securing promotion to the Premier League with Saturday's 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

The Canaries had a sluggish start to 2018/19 after only picking up one win from their first six fixtures. However, Daniel Farke's side soon began to flex their muscles, winning 10 of their next 12 games to leap into the promotion picture where they remained for the rest of the season.

Farke, who is in his second campaign at Carrow Road, recruited well over the summer with the standout acquisition being Teemu Pukki on a free transfer. The Finland international has scored 28 goals this season and leads the race for the Championship Golden Boot.

With East Anglia back on the Premier League map, here is a look at how United have fared against Norwich in the past...

Norwich City's Teemu Pukki.
Norwich's Teemu Pukki has scored 27 goals this season after signing on a free transfer in the summer.

FIRST PREMIER LEAGUE MEETING

It was a top-of-the-table clash when the clubs met for the first time in the Premier League era. Norwich had hit the ground running at the start of the campaign and set the early pace, while United lay in fifth after an inconsistent run of form. However it was the Reds who came out on top at Old Trafford in December 1992, when Mark Hughes capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score the winning goal shortly before the hour mark.

United would of course go on to end the season as champions whereas Norwich eventually finished 12 points behind the Reds in third place.

OUR LAST PREMIER LEAGUE MEETING

Fourteen years after our first meeting in the Premier League, the Canaries were fighting relegation when we made the trip to Carrow Road in May 2016. In Louis van Gaal's 100th game in charge, Juan Mata broke the deadlock with 18 minutes to go, finding the net after a brilliant lay-off by Wayne Rooney.

Norwich would ultimately be relegated under Alex Neil while the Reds finished in fifth place, securing a berth in the 2016/17 Europa League group stage.

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Juan Mata celebrates.
Juan Mata's goal proved to be the difference when United and Norwich last met in May 2016.

WHAT'S HAPPENED TO NORWICH SINCE?

In their first season back in the second tier, 2017/18, Norwich very much hit the ground running. With Alex Neil remaining at the helm, his side were riding high at the top of the league until mid-October. Then a rotten run of form soon followed with the Canaries picking up six points from a possible 30 which saw them drop down the table. A late resurgence was too little too late as the East Anglia outfit ended the season in eighth, 10 points off the play-offs.

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke
Daniel Farke has masterminded Norwich City's return to the Premier League at the third attempt.

Neil departed at the end of the season and was duly replaced by Daniel Farke, as Norwich adopted a similar approach used by Huddersfield Town who were promoted under another German manager, David Wagner. The following campaign was one of transition; however, a shining light for the fans was the rise of James Maddison who went on to score 15 goals before being sold to Leicester City at the end of a season which saw Norwich finish 14th.

Farke's purchases of Emi Buendia, Tim Krul and, most importantly, Teemu Pukki in the summer have added the finishing pieces to the jigsaw puzzle and Norwich raced their way to promotion back to the Premier League. They could get their hands on the Championship trophy with a win against Aston Villa this weekend.

General view of Carrow Road.
Norwich City play their games at the 27,224 capacity stadium, Carrow Road.

OUR RECORD AT CARROW ROAD

We have visited Norwich City's home eight times in the Premier League era with the Reds coming out on top in six of them. Our biggest wins in East Anglia since 1992 have all been by two-goal margins, however we did score three goals against the visitors in a 3-1 victory back in April 1993.

Ryan Giggs, Andrei Kanchelskis and Eric Cantona scored three goals in eight first-half minutes to put the game out of sight before the hosts pulled a goal back through former Red, Mark Robins. Let's hope it will remain a happy hunting ground when we return to Carrow Road next season.

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