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  • October 29, 2013
  • • 3:45 PM
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
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Capital One Cup Preview: Manchester United - Norwich City

Capital One Cup Preview: Manchester United - Norwich City

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David Moyes' side will look to put an indifferent start to the Premier League behind it in Tuesday's clash and advance to the quarterfinals.

Manchester United hosts Norwich City on Tuesday with a place in the Capital One Cup quarterfinals at stake.

United, which has won the competition three times in the past eight seasons and four times total, has suffered an indifferent start to the season under new manager David Moyes and is currently eighth in the Premier League table.

The reigning league champions have shown signs of improvement recently, however, going unbeaten in five matches in all competitions. Moyes' side also comes into the game on the back of a confidence-boosting 3-2 win over Stoke City in which it twice recovered from a losing position.

By contrast, the Canaries are struggling in 18th, having won just two of their nine league games so far - their latest outing being a 0-0 home draw with Cardiff City.

Twice winners of the competition, in 1962 and 1985, Norwich sealed its place in the fourth round with a dramatic 3-2 victory at Watford last month. New signing Gary Hooper was the hero that night, with the ex-Celtic striker netting in the 90th minute to force extra time before claiming the winner with a penalty shootout looming.

United's passage was secured with a 1-0 triumph over Liverpool at Old Trafford, as Javier Hernandez struck the decisive blow a minute into the second half. Hernandez also secured victory for his side against Stoke and is looking at Tuesday’s game as a chance for United to continue its winning momentum.

"We want to win and win and win," he said. "We have another game against Norwich here at Old Trafford and we want to get through in the cup and keep winning. Hopefully, we can do that."

But Hughton insists his side is ready for the challenge awaiting it at Old Trafford.

"They don't come any harder than an away game at Manchester United. But I think you have to relish the challenge," he said. "It's a cup competition and any game at Old Trafford is an exciting prospect and one we'll very much be looking forward to."

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