Manchester United - Norwich City Preview: Sir Alex Ferguson's men looking for 19th consecutive Premier League win at Old Trafford
The Red Devils have been formidable at home and will be looking to get back to winning ways after having to settle for a shock draw in midweek against Basel in the Champions League
By Adithya Ananth
Fabio, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra
Nani, Anderson, Fletcher, Young
Naughton, Martin, Barnett, Tierney
Bennett, Fox, Johnson, Pilkington
Chris Smalling (groin) remains a doubt, while Nemanja Vidic (calf) is still some way from being ready. Rafael is out with a shoulder injury while Jonny Evans (ankle) remains a doubt.
Norwich City boss Paul Lambert also has some worries of his own as defender Daniel Ayala is out due to a knee injury sustained during the League Cup clash against MK Dons. Elliott Ward, James Vaughan (both knee) and Zak Whitbread (hamstring) are also in the treatment room with their respective injury problems.
Ritchie De Laet - who is on loan from the United - will not be able to play.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Manchester United are currently unbeaten in 24 Premier League games at Old Trafford, and have 18 consecutive wins.
- The Red Devils have lost only one of their last 12 league meetings with the Canaries. United lost the last game between the two sides, in 2005.
- United have been highly impressive in front of goal at home, and they have hit the back of the net 71 times in their last 25 league games on their own turf.
- In that same stretch of games, Rio Ferdinand and Co. have only allowed 18 goals.
- Norwich have scored seven goals in their six matches so far in the top flight, which is better than fellow newcomers Queens Park Rangers (five) and Swansea City (four).
- But the Canaries have been far from prolific at Old Trafford, as they have hit the back of the net on only 13 occasions when playing the Red Devils in a league game away from home.
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|1||David de Gea||Goalkeeper|
The Bulgarian will probably feel like this is a make-or-break situation for him in terms of getting back into the starting line-up, as he has largely been on the bench so far and was ineffectual in his first start of the season, at Stoke, last weekend.
The goalkeeper will be in for a busy 90 minutes at Old Trafford, as the home side have already scored 22 goals in the league this season. The fact that they are on a roll at home only adds to his concerns, and he will have to put in a strong performance if the Canaries are to get anything out of this game.
Manchester United are by far the better side and should have no significant trouble mopping up the new boys in their backyard, extending their winning streak to a mammoth 19 consecutive victories in the Premier League at Old Trafford.
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