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Preview: Man United vs Norwich – team news, injury update & predicted XI

Manchester United will host Norwich City at Old Trafford this afternoon in a clash that could either make or break their top-four chances, with Ralf Rangnick’s side desperately needing to pick up points against the Canaries.

The Red Devils are currently seventh in the Premier League table following a defeat to Everton last time out, and simply must offer a response against their bottom of the league opponents today in order to close the gap on both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal – who also play this afternoon.

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In terms of injuries, Rangnick has confirmed there will be five players unavailable for selection in his pre-match press conference, with the 63-year-old stating: “Five players will still be missing for tomorrow, some of them probably also for the upcoming games.

“Fred, Scott [McTominay] and Raphael Varane will still be missing out, Luke Shaw had his bolts removed from his leg and Edinson Cavani – those are the five that will still be missing.”

Cristiano Ronaldo was also thought to be a doubt after sustaining a large wound at Goodison Park last week, however, Rangnick has now confirmed that he is fit and available for selection.

As such, this is how Football FanCast expect Manchester United will line up against Norwich City this afternoon…

Predicted XI: De Gea (GK), Dalot (RB), Lindelof (CB), Maguire (CB), Telles (LB), Matic (DM), Pogba (CM), Bruno (CM), Rashford (LW), Ronaldo (ST), Sancho (RW)

Lining up in a 4-3-3 formation, we expect that the Man United boss will make just two changes to the team that lost to Everton last weekend.

With Fred picking up a knock against the Toffees, we predict that Paul Pogba will replace the Brazilian in midfield alongside Bruno Fernandes and Nemanja Matic.

The £49.5m-rated ace who was dubbed “stupid” by Gary Neville is entering into the last few weeks of his contract at Old Trafford, so it will be interesting which version of the Frenchman will turn up against Norwich.

And, if he is playing for a lucrative move away from Manchester, he will certainly be hoping to put on a show if he is indeed given the opportunity from the off in the middle of the park.

The other change we expect to see is Diogo Dalot replacing Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back, alongside Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Alex Telles in the back four.

The 24-year-old who was labelled “reckless” by Jamie Carragher has been part of the losing team in his last two appearances in the Premier League, so Rangnick may freshen up the back-line by giving Dalot the opportunity to make an impact today.

Will Man United beat Norwich today?





Manchester United have an advantage of playing in front of their home fans today and should have enough quality to beat their opponents – who have only won five top-flight fixtures all season – however, if the Canaries can secure a result away from home, it would be an absolute disaster for the Red Devils’ Champions League hopes.

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