Norwich - Manchester United Preview: Canaries defend strong home record against league leaders
Chris Hughton's side go into the match having won three out of their last four, but face a tough test as they attempt to topple the top-of-the-table Red Devils at Carrow Road
By Husmukh Kerai
Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido
Snodgrass, Johnson, Tettey, Pilkington
Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra
Valencia, Cleverley, Carrick, Young
Van Persie, Chicharito
Norwich manager Chris Hughton could welcome back on-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane (ankle) for Manchester United's visit to Carrow Road.
Russell Martin (back) is likely to miss the game, however, with Scotland international Steven Whittaker to remain at right-back.
Grant Holt could be preferred to Steve Morison in attack, with Wes Hoolahan set to continue in the gap behind the front man after impressive recent performances.
Sir Alex Ferguson could have defender Phil Jones (knee) back in his squad for the match, while Nani (hamstring) and Shinji Kagawa (knee) are a week or so away from making their return to the first team.
Robin van Persie (thigh) and Wayne Rooney (ankle) missed the international break with injuries, but only one of the striking pair is likely to play, with Sir Alex Ferguson claiming Chicharito had "picked himself" for the tie after his double against Aston Villa last weekend.
United will definitely be without their captain, Nemanja Vidic (knee), who remains a long-term absentee.
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Norwich have won three and lost just one of their last six Premier League home games, keeping four clean sheets in that run.
- The Canaries have scored with only 7.3 per cent of their shots at goal this season in the Premier League; a lower rate than any other side.
- Robert Snodgrass (pictured right) has put in the third-highest amount of crosses so far this season, behind only Leighton Baines and Steven Gerrard.
Manchester United have won seven and lost just one of their last eight visits to Carrow Road in all competitions.
Chicharito has scored in five successive appearances for the Red Devils; netting seven goals in total during this run.
United have scored 12 goals from crosses in the Premier League this season; more than any other side.
The league leaders have recovered more points from losing positions than any other team in the Premier League (15).
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The Irish playmaker is arguably Norwich's most creative player and has impressed in behind Grant Holt in recent weeks. The 30-year-old made his return to the Republic of Ireland national team for the first time in four years in midweek, so he could be in a buoyant mood for the clash.
Sir Alex Ferguson promised Chicharito a place in the starting line-up after his goalscoring heroics at Villa Park last weekend. The Mexican striker has edged out Danny Welbeck in the Old Trafford pecking order and will try to establish himself into the first-choice reckoning at Carrow Road.
The Canaries have picked up some impressive results at home in the past few weeks, including wins against Arsenal and Bolton. However, the visitors could possess too much attacking talent for Chris Hughton's side to resist. Expect a tight first half with Manchester United kicking on once again in the second period, with the winning goal perhaps coming from the bench.