Manchester United vs Norwich City
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 26th April, 2014
17:30 KO BST
Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United (7th)
Interim manager Ryan Giggs: “I can’t wait for Saturday. I know the place will be rocking and I know the fans will be behind us. It’s been a frustrating season and I want to end it on a high. I’ve just said to [the players]‘I trust you and I know what you’re capable of and go out there and show it on Saturday and give the fans something to shout about. Entertain them, score goals, make tackles, play with speed, play with tempo.’ And that’s what they’ve done in training and they’ll take that out into the game on Saturday.”
Starting XI from: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard, Ben Amos; Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Alex Buttner, Patrice Evra; Antonio Valencia, Adnan Januzaj, Ashley Young, Darren Fletcher, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa, Juan Mata, Nani; Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney.
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Unavailable: Rafael, Robin Van Persie
Top scorer: Wayne Rooney (17)
Most assists: Wayne Rooney (10)
Home Record: P16 W7 D3 L6 F22 A19 Pts24
Form: L W D W L L
Manager Neil Adams on Giggs’ temporary appointment: “It’s going to give them a lift. There is no shying away from that. The crowd on Saturday are going to be more vocal than they might have been. Ryan Giggs is a legendary figure there who fans have watched down the years.”
Starting XI from: John Ruddy, Carlo Nash; Michael Turner, Ryan Bennett, Sebastien Bassong, Javier Garrido, Martin Olsson, Steven Whittaker; Bradley Johnson, Josh Murphy, Leroy Fer, Nathan Redmond, Wes Hoolahan, Robert Snodgrass; Johan Elmander, Gary Hooper, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Luciano Becchio
Away record: P17 W2 D2 L13 F28 A56 Pts8
Form: L W L L L L
Last five league meetings
Norwich 0-1 United (28-12-13)
United 4-0 Norwich (02-03-13)
Norwich 1-0 United (11-11-12)
Norwich 1-2 United (26-02-12)
United 2-0 Norwich (01-10-11)
Referee: Lee Probert
Assistants: R Ganfield, M McDonough.
Fourth Official: N Swarbrick.
Think Manchester United‘s home form has been bad this term? Norwich City are the worst away team in the Premier League this season, having earned 8 points out of a possible 51, scoring a league-low 11 goals in the process.
Norwich haven’t won at Old Trafford in nine attempts.
Gary Hooper is Norwich’s top goalscorer this season with 6, but he hadn’t scored for sixteen games before notching against Liverpool in last weekend’s 2-3 defeat at Carrow Road.
Ryan Giggs is the second Welshman to take charge of the club. The first was Jimmy Murphy in 1958, although his reign only lasted four months.
United 2/5 Draw 7/2 Norwich 15/2
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