Manchester United vs Norwich City
Manchester United’s quest to secure a top-four Premier League finish continues this weekend as they welcome basement boys Norwich City to Old Trafford.
Time is ticking for interim boss Manchester United to guide his side to next season’s Champions League group stages as the ‘Red Devils’ head into proceedings trailing fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur by six points. With just one win from their last five Premier League matches (D2, L2), Man United will feel obliged to give the Old Trafford faithful something to shout about, and who better than Norwich to pay the price for recent upsets. They have won 12 of their 15 previous Premier League clashes against the ‘Canaries,’ including the last four in a row by an aggregate score of 9-1. However, Man United can ill-afford to underestimate Norwich here after suffering two defeats in their last four Premier League home meetings with sides starting the day bottom of the table (W2).
In the meantime, Norwich’s 2-0 home triumph over fellow relegation rivals Burnley last time out has arrested their underwhelming nine-game winless Premier League run (D2, L7). But it could be too little too late for the ‘Canaries’ as they currently sit seven points adrift of safety, with time sensitive mission for Dean Smith’s men. Norwich’s recent fortunes at Old Trafford spell disaster for their hopes of pulling off an upset, as they’ve lost ten of their 12 previous competitive visits to this venue (W1, D1). Adding to the visitors’ problems, they’ve not only gone winless in their last four Premier League matches away from home (D1, L3), but they’ve failed to get on the scoresheet twice in this sequence. In fact, Norwich go into this matchday as the only Premier League side yet to hit double-digits on the road this season (8 goals scored).