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  • October 1, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: S. Attwell
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Premier League Preview: Manchester United - Norwich City

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 will miss Wayne Rooney, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury. Javier Hernandez suffered a dead leg against Stoke City and was substituted during the opening stages of that clash, but some reports point towards the Mexican being ready to return.

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 is currently unbeaten in 24 Premier League games at Old Trafford, and has 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 has scored seven goals in its 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
29Grant HoltStriker
10K. JacksonMidfielder
16Christopher MartinStriker

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