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Norwich City v Manchester United predictions, live stream options, team news, predicted XIs

By Emile Avanessian

Published: 13:20, 11 December 2021 | Updated: 14:25, 19 September 2022

Manchester United head to Carrow Road on Saturday night (7:30PM UK) in search of a third straight Premier League victory, and a possible return to the top four. They’ll take on a Norwich City side that, while still bottom of the table, is showing signs of resurgence.

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Norwich City team news

After a positively abject start to the Premier League season, in which they lost each of their first six matches, and took only two points from their first 10, Norwich looked a lock to be relegation-bound. Though they’re hardly out of the woods, the last five games (the last four with Dean Smith in charge) have provided at least some cause for optimism. Over that stretch, the Canaries have picked up eight points and pulled level with Burnley and Newcastle on points in the relegation race. It’s worth noting, however, that Norwich’s -23 goal difference far outstrips both Burnley’s (-7) and Newcastle’s (-13).

There’s still plenty of work to do if they’re going to overcome those two, let alone catch Watford in seventeenth, but at the very least, there are signs of life in Norwich.

Unfortunately, an already challenging visit from now-Ralf Rangnick-led Manchester United will be made even more difficult by injury, as Norwich City will be without the services of Milot Rashica, Christoph Zimmermann, Sam Byram and Mathias Normann, while Man United loanee Brandon Williams is ineligible to face his parent club.

Norwich City predicted XI: Tim Krul; Grant Hanley; Ben Gibson; Ozan Kabak; Max Aarons; Kenny McLean; Billy Gilmour; Pierre Lees-Melou; Dimitris Giannoulis; Josh Sargent; Teemu Pukki

Manchester United team news

Man United, meanwhile, will enter Saturday’s contest off the back of a 1-1 draw with Young Boys in their final Champions League group fixture. That result secured the Red Devils’ top spot in the group, over Spanish side Villarreal, by that solitary point.

Interim manager Ralf Rangnick essentially rested his entire first-choice XI for that midweek fixture, giving first team debuts to Tom Heaton, Charlie Savage and Zidane Iqbal. He will no doubt return to a more experienced lineup for this match, but will be somewhat limited in his options, with Raphael Varane, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba all unavailable, and the statuses of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Nemanja Matic both in doubt.

Rangnick will now be looking for a second consecutive league win as Man United boss, having nabbed a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in his first game in charge. The Red Devils enter play on Saturday night sixth in the Premier League table, though just three points separate United and fourth-place West Ham, with Tottenham Hotspurs in fifth, a point ahead. With Spurs’ match against Brighton postponed by a COVID-19 outbreak at the club, and West Ham not playing (away to Burnley) until Sunday afternoon, United will be eager to leapfrog Tottenham and draw level on points with the Hammer, if only temporarily.

Saturday’s fixture against last place Norwich kicks off a five-matches-in-20-days run for United that consists of matchups against all three side currently in the relegation spots (a trip to Newcastle is upcoming on the 27th, as well as a home date with Burnley on the 30th) and struggling Brighton, with ninth-place Brentford presenting the greatest challenge. Rangnick will be looking to not only secure full points here, but to put together a serious run by year-end.

Manchester United predicted XI: David de Gea; Victor Lindelöf; Harry Maguire; Cristiano; Ronaldo; Marcus Rashford; Fred; Bruno Fernandes; Diogo Dalot; Jadon Sancho; Alex Telles; Scott McTominay

Premier League 2021/22 recent form:

  • Norwich City: WWDDL
  • Manchester United: LLDWW

Scoreline prediction: Norwich City 1-3 Manchester United.

The vibe at Norwich (last week’s 3-0 loss to Spurs notwithstanding) is about as positive as it’s been all season, and there’s no reason to believe that Dean Smith’s men will put forth anything less than a committed and spirited performance. However, between Ragnick have a fully rested starting XI, Norwich’s own injury woes and, frankly, the gap in quality, it’s tough to see that translating into a positive result.

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