Norwich go in search of their first double over Manchester United in 26 years as they continue their fight against relegation at Carrow Road this weekend.
When the Canaries claimed a shock 2-1 win at Old Trafford in December, their fans hoped it may provide a springboard for the club going in to the New Year. Instead, Norwich have won just two of their last 15 games and sit second bottom going into the rematch.
Alex Neil’s team have not been firing on all cylinders at home in recent weeks either; they have won just one of their last seven on their own patch and need to improve that record with another huge home game against Watford to come after this one.
The hosts can draw confidence from the Norwich side of 2004/05, who claimed a shock 2-0 win over Manchester United in April of that season to keep their survival hopes alive. However, that season ended up in relegation – anything other than a win this weekend will leave that prospect looming large over East Anglia again.
Manchester United travel south in poor form on their travels; they have not won a fixture outside of Manchester since January, with their victory against arch-rivals City at the Etihad their only away win in five attempts.
They have also been goal-shy on the road of late, having netted just four times in their last six away fixtures – with Wayne Rooney now playing in a deeper role, the pressure has increased on young frontmen Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
If the visitors slip up this weekend, it will be the first time they have lost home and away to a newly-promoted team in Premier League history, as well as all but ending their top four hopes.
Ryan Bennett is still being assessed by the hosts and may feature, but Timm Klose and Alexander Tettey are both out.
Marouane Fellaini will miss the rest of the Premier League season for Louis van Gaal’s side after being banned for three matches for being involved in an off-the-ball clash with Robert Huth against Leicester last weekend, whilst Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger remain on the sidelines.
League Position: Norwich – 19th (31 pts); Manchester United – 5th (60 pts)
Previous Meeting: Manchester United 1-2 Norwich (December 19, 2015)
Form: Norwich – DWWLLL; Manchester United – WWLWWD
Key Players: Norwich – Steven Naismith; Manchester United – Anthony Martial
Shoot Says: Norwich 1-2 Manchester United