No one envies Norwich City this weekend as they travel to Old Trafford. As far as the bookies are concerned it is in merely a question of how many goals United will score this weekend not what the result will be. However, Paul Lambert and Norwich City have to believe they can get something at Old Trafford after all United have drawn their last two games.
So was this all in mind I’ve had a look at some things that appear to be favourable for Norwich City going into the game. That could see the Canaries grabbing a draw or even a shocking victory.
Norwich has previous
The prospect of Norwich City beating Manchester United seems a little bit far-fetched, doesn’t it? Well, maybe not cast your mind back to 2005. No one gave Norwich City a chance when the two sides met at Carrow Road in the Premier League. Sir Alex Ferguson was similarly complacent and decided to rest some of his key players.
Unfortunately for Ferguson, Norwich were right up for this game and ended up winning the game 2-0 thanks to goals and Dean Ashton and Leon McKenzie. Of course, repeating the feat at Old Trafford would be a much harder task. However, Paul Lambert will be keen to remind his players that anything is possible.
United has their injury problems
It may be clutching at straws a little bit to talk about Manchester United’s current injury problems. Everyone knows that despite the players that are out Manchester United have an incredible squad to choose from and can easily field a very strong side against Norwich City.
That being said Manchester United will be without key players that definitely includes Wayne Rooney and will probably also include Javier Hernandez. Clearly Manchester United would want a full squad to choose from and not having certain players available will encourage Norwich.
Norwich City is in form
Norwich City is starting to enjoy life in the Premier League and have hit some form at just the right time. The club is run of two straight wins following success over Bolton (away) and Sunderland at home. Some people might argue that the pressure is off for the visit to Old Trafford. The team do not need to be scared about going to United and losing, so they can go to Manchester and express themselves.
Paul Lambert will go and attack the champions
During his time at Norwich Paul Lambert is not known for his defensive or negative management. Teams in the past the gone to Old Trafford and effectively written off the game before they have even begun. While others have setup with a very defensive systems in order to try and contain Manchester United.
Norwich City though will do neither. Paul Lambert will put out a team that can go and win the game against United, and will look to attack. If Norwich can keep it tight in the first half and then have a real go in the second half then who knows what result we could have.
United look vulnerable at the back
Manchester United has looked like an impressive side going forward this season. Ashley Young is clearly a very useful addition to United’s attacking options. However, the Premier League champions have been less convincing at the back. The goalkeeper David De Gea has already been prone to some mistakes this season.
Manchester United should have won their Champions League game this week very comfortably. Two quickfire goals in the first half saw United 2-0 up. However, Basel came back into the game and were leading 3-2, after they put United defence under some pressure. This is certainly promising for Norwich City, because it shows if you put the Manchester United defence under pressure they can concede goals. Whatever the result enjoy the game.
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