After falling victim to one promoted side last weekend, Manchester United are hoping to avoid seeing lightning strike twice as they welcome Norwich to Old Trafford on Saturday.
Last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth heaped further pressure on Louis van Gaal after a premature Champions League exit; the Dutchman needs a strong performance in front of the home faithful this weekend.
Scoring some goals would be a start for the hosts; United have drawn 0-0 three times at home in the Premier League so far this season, and their tally of nine home goals is equal to Sunderland and Norwich’s totals.
Despite this, no team have beaten Van Gaal’s side at Old Trafford yet this season and they have just conceded just one goal on their own turf – they will draw level on points with their cross-city rivals Manchester City for the time being if they win on Saturday.
Old Trafford has not been a happy hunting ground for Norwich in recent years; they haven’t won there since 1989 and their last two Premier League visits have ended in 4-0 defeats.
Alex Neil’s side have won just once in their past ten games, and slipped into the bottom three last weekend despite a decent point earned at home to Everton.
The Canaries put up a strong visit when they visited Manchester City earlier this season before slipping to an unfortunate late defeat; they need a similar display if they are to take anything back to Norfolk with them this weekend.
The big news for the hosts is the return of Wayne Rooney, who has recovered from his ankle problem and is likely to take his place up front. Ander Herrera is also likely to be fit, and he may end up replacing Bastian Schweinsteiger in midfield; the German serves the first of a three-game ban.
For the visitors, Andre Wisdom will miss the match with a hamstring injury, whilst Declan Rudd is likely to continue in goal in place of John Ruddy.
League Position: Manchester United – 4th (29 pts); Norwich – 18th (14 pts)
Last Meeting: Manchester United 4-0 Norwich (April 26, 2014)
Form: Manchester United – DWWDDL; Norwich – LWLDLD
Key Players: Manchester United – Anthony Martial; Norwich – Wes Hoolahan
Shoot Says: Manchester United 2-0 Norwich