Who: Manchester United vs Norwich
When: Saturday, January 11th @ 10:00am ET
Line: Manchester United -335 | Draw +450 | Norwich +950
Nothing is going right for Manchester United in 2020. Winless & pointless, the camp’s anything but “happy” right now. The Carabao Cup humiliation to Manchester City proved how behind they are from the top.
Lining up at Old Trafford again on Saturday against Norwich City, they desperately need a commanding win. In Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence, the surmounting injuries to his already understaffed squad make it difficult to win big games. But his blind faith in underperforming mediocre players needs to stop.
Rather than being cautious- as United have been in the last three games- they must take the fight to Norwich. They must be fearless with their attacking approach & show more spirit to entertain the fans. If the Red Devils want Old Trafford roaring again, the fireworks must be unleashed in full force against Norwich.
Manchester United Predicted XI
De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Jones, Lindelof, Shaw, Fred, Matic, Andreas, Greenwood, Rashford, Martial.
Injuries to Scott McTominay & Paul Pogba has left United’s midfield shallow. The two aren’t expected to return in January. Harry Maguire will also miss the weekend game, but Mason Greenwood’s impressive work should warrant him a start ahead of the under-performing Daniel James.
Norwich City Predicted XI
Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Hanley, Byram, Tettey, Vrancic, Buendia, Onel, Cantwell, Pukki
Norwich has some injury troubles of their own, with centre-backs Timm Klose & Ben Godfrey ruled out. Centre-back Josep Drmic is also a long-term absentee.
Manchester United vs Norwich match preview
United has become an extremely polarizing puzzle to decipher. You just don’t know which version will show up. OGS’ reputation as a “big-game genius” took a hit with the recent results, but it’s time his side proves they can at least dominate teams miles behind them in the Premier League.
Norwich actually have an even worse away record than the Red Devils (what a shocker!). They’ve only won once on the road and considering OGS’ side’s stellar record at home, it’ll be hard to change that.
But considering how low on confidence United are after the derby drubbing, Daniel Falke’s side will take their chances looking to steal points away. The Red Devils must make sure the visitors can’t further rub salt into their wounds. It’s time they wake up from this slumber.
Granted, the injuries mean the same team which featured on Tuesday should play again, but they’re still too high on quality to struggle against Norwich! The Canaries have conceded the most goals in the league. United have the best chance to regain some momentum and must go all guns blazing to make a statement.
Marcus Rashford is still flying high despite his side’s struggles. He loves entertaining Old Trafford. So does Anthony Martial. These two must prove their special bond by linking together beautiful moves like they did at Carrow Road a few months back.
Greenwood also has a big chance to prove his goal-scoring heroics against a frail defence. He’ll probably get a start & must reward his manager’s faith by being a thorn at Norwich’s side. Luke Shaw & Aaron Wan-Bissaka must be more decisive with their final delivery, while Fred really needs to improve his set-piece ability & creativity.
Andreas Pereira is also under pressure to prove a point. He needs to redeem his horrific own-goal by creating definitive chances into setting things up. But United’s backline must hold down the fort. Victor Lindelof looks worrisome without Maguire, while Phil Jones is a man perennially walking on ice.
These two must be more assertive with their defence to keep Teemu Pukki from running riot. Seeing the hosts’ vulnerabilities, the Canaries won’t be parking the bus. They’ll retain their high-tempo, relentless attacking style even if it means encouraging the Red Devils’ counter-attacking intensity.
Todd Cantwell also must be itching sending a message across to Old Trafford. The youngster’s strongly being linked to a move to United. He’ll look to torment their defenders with his sparky movement & impressive link-up play to force the issue for a potential move.
Norwich possesses plenty of bite & pace, with Onel Hernandez, Emiliano Buendia also being unpredictable, creative players. OGS’ side must be respectful of their threat, but remain confident of their own attacking potential and hound the visitors with persistent attacks to get a resounding win & properly kick-start their year.
So despite all the struggles, I can’t see United dropping points for this one. I’ll go with a 3-1 win with Rashford & Martial to get on the score-sheet.