With one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League contest against Real Madrid, Alex Ferguson could be tempted to rest a few of his star players when Norwich come to Old Trafford on Saturday at 3pm. Ryan Giggs does not start
The Reds are sitting 12 points clear of their city rivals on top of the table and this weekend’s opposition will arrive knowing that even a second string Manchester side will be a tough proposition.
A neat header by Wes Houlihan decided the reverse fixture in November, but tellingly, Manchester Utd haven’t lost a Premier League game since that day.
Norwich are on a decent run of form at the moment after beating Eventon last week and they are unbeaten in their last four outings. A win here would see them break into the top half of the table.
The Red Devils, however, are unbeaten in their last 15 league outings and the Canaries’ away form has halted their progress. They have just one away win in 13 games.
Manchester United Team: De Gea; Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Anderson, Kagawa; Rooney, van Persie.
Norwich team: Bunn, R.Martin, Johnson, Bassong, Turner, Snodgrass, Howson, Holt, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Garrido.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Corkman Wes Houlihan has been the motor behind much of the Canaries’ good work this season, and if they are to break down a Utd defense which has kept three clean sheets in a row, he will have to find space to pull the strings for Norwich.
This one has Man Utd win written all over it so to get any value out of your bet back Utd to win both halves at 6/4.