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  • 1 October 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: S. Attwell
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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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Fabio, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra
Nani, Anderson, Fletcher, Young
Berbatov, Hernandez

NORWICH CITY

Ruddy
Naughton, Martin, Barnett, Tierney
Bennett, Fox, Johnson, Pilkington
Hoolahan
Morison

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that both Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez have come through training unscathed and will be ready to figure, although Dimitar Berbatov is expected to start.

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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Available Squads
13Anders LindegaardGoalkeeper
6Jonny EvansDefender
4Phil JonesDefender
3Patrice EvraDefender
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
8AndersonMidfielder
24Darren FletcherMidfielder
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
17NaniMidfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
14Javier HernándezStriker
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
5Rio FerdinandDefender
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
10Michael OwenStriker
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
20Leon BarnettDefender
2Russell MartinDefender
23Marc TierneyDefender
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
25David FoxMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
3Adam DruryDefender
-Andrew CroftsMidfielder
11Andrew SurmanMidfielder
9Grant HoltStriker
10K. JacksonMidfielder
16Christopher MartinStriker
Players to Watch
Dimitar Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
John Ruddy
John Ruddy
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Prediction
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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