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Premier League

  • March 2, 2013
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
  • • Attendance: 75586

Premier League Preview: Manchester United - Norwich City

Despite potentially missing top scorer Robin van Persie, the league leader should extend its 15-match unbeaten streak against a Canaries team with just two wins in their last 11.

Sir Alex Ferguson will be without defender Phil Jones (ankle), while Robin van Persie (hip) is also expected to miss out.

However, veteran midfielder Paul Scholes (knee) may recover in time to feature this weekend, while Ryan Giggs and Danny Welbeck will also be in contention. Nevertheless, Sir Alex will no doubt cast one eye over next Tuesday's momentous Champions League clash with Real Madrid and may look to rest some of his big-name stars as a result.

Chris Hughton, meanwhile, should stick with a similar side to the one that conquered Everton at Carrow Road last weekend, although he may be able to welcome back Andrew Surman (knee) and Alexander Tettey (knock).

The Canaries will still be without John Ruddy between the sticks, however, although the 26-year-old is expected to return this month. Elsewhere, Kei Kamara and Luciano Becchio are in contention for a starting berth up front if Hughton decides to go for a more attacking lineup with two forwards.

  • Manchester United is now undefeated in 17 games in all competitions and an impressive 15 in the Premier League.
  • United has taken 89 percent of the league points available recently, having won five and drawn one of its last six matches. In the same period, title rival Manchester City has taken just 61 percent of its potential points.
  • The Red Devils have also won every single one of their home league games this season bar one - a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham in late September.
  • Sir Alex's side is still on course for a Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble, having already achieved that feat once in 1999. United has also completed a league and FA Cup double on three occasions, and won a league and European double in 2008.
  • Norwich City is unbeaten in its last four league games but has won just two of its last 11.
  • However, Chris Hughton's side will be buoyed by the knowledge that it beat Manchester United 1-0 in November's reverse fixture thanks to an Anthony Pilkington header (United's last defeat in the Premier League).
  • The Canaries' away form has been nothing short of dire this term - they have won just once in 13 games on the road, having drawn six and lost six.
  • Norwich's Kei Kamara (pictured) has already scored against Manchester United this campaign - in a preseason friendly for Sporting Kansas City. He also scored the equalizer for the Canaries in their 2-1 win against Everton last week.
  • Hughton's side has three points less than Norwich did this time last season under Paul Lambert, though a win this Saturday could lift them to 10th place.


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16Michael CarrickMidfielder
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