Written by @GrantMilesFF
Manchester United will be very careful in their approach to this fixture. They have lost two of their last three visits to Carrow Road and will be keen to avoid falling flat on their face from this banana skin.
Norwich sit just 3 points above the drop zone and will be hoping they can put some distance between them and their fellow strugglers, but have found goals had to come by having a goal ratio of less than one per game with 16 goals in 18 Premier League matches.
The Canaries were on a four match unbeaten run prior to their Boxing defeat to Fulham and will be looking to bounce back here. Man United on the other hand are flying and are just 8 points off leaders Arsenal.
David Moyes’s charges will take extreme comfort from their resilient response to going 2-0 down to Hull on Boxing Day as they ended up winning 3-2 at the KC Stadium.
Man United though won’t be able to call on the services of Phil Jones who is ruled out for a fortnight with a knee injury, whilst Rafael is a doubt (groin) after limping off on Thursday. Robin Van Persie is still suffering from a thigh problem, so Javier Hernandez will hope to get a chance to shine here. Antonio Valencia also misses out here following his red card at Hull.
Norwich, meanwhile, will be without Michael Turner who is out of this fixture due to suspension and Jonny Howson faces a late fitness test following back trouble.
The Canaries will have a difficult task trying to stop Man United securing their sixth straight win in all competitions as they look to catch the pacesetters at the top of the Premier League.
Norwich City v Man Utd Pre-Match Stats
Norwich have lost 13 and won just two of their last 16 league meetings with Manchester United (W2 D1).
The Red Devils have lost two of their last three Premier League games at Carrow Road without getting on the scoresheet.
Norwich have scored a total of only eight goals in 12 Premier League games against Man Utd.
Man Utd have scored five goals in their final Premier League game of the year three times (in 1992, 1993 and 2009).
Wayne Rooney has assisted 19 goals since the start of last season in the Premier League; currently this is four more than any other player (Gerrard/Hazard on 15).
Norwich City have only lost four of 18 Barclays Premier League home games in 2013 (W6 D8), but one of these came on Boxing Day versus Fulham.
Gary Hooper has scored in four successive Premier League games at Carrow Road.
Indeed, Hooper is the first Norwich player to score in four consecutive Premier League games at Carrow Road.
Manchester United have won their last three games and have scored exactly three goals in each of these matches.
Norwich City are the only side yet to see a substitute score this season in the Premier League.