The brief international break is over and Manchester United resume their Premier League campaign on Saturday when they take on Norwich City at Carrow Road.
During this same fixture last season in February of this year, a Ryan Giggs stoppage-time winner – in his 900th appearance for the club – helped the Red Devils snatch three points. In the reverse fixture at Old Trafford in October of last year, goals from Danny Welbeck and Anderson led to a 2-0 defeat of the Canaries.
Manchester United enter the weekend top of the Premier League table with 27 points from 11 matches – 2 points clear of Manchester City and 3 clear of Chelsea. Since a late September defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, the Red Devils have won eight successive matches combined in league and in the UEFA Champions League. Their most recent victory came last weekend in a 3-2 defeat of Aston Villa at Villa Park. United have already clinched the top spot of their Champions League group with two group-stage fixtures to spare.
Norwich City currently sit 15th in the table with 11 points from 11 matches. It was a slow start for manager Chris Hughton at his new club and he didn’t find a league win until their eighth fixture – an impressive 1-0 defeat of Arsenal on October 20 at Carrow Road.
Since that match, the Canaries have gone four league games unbeaten with their last point coming from the weekend’s 0-0 draw at Reading. They have also reached the quarter final of the Capital One Cup.
It’s hard to look beyond United here – as long as the Red Devils can keep a lid on Grant Holt, three-points should be in the bag.
Prediction – Norwich 0 – 2 Manchester United