A place in this season’s FA Cup semi-final is on the line as Norwich City welcome Manchester United to Carrow Road for a quarter-final showdown on Saturday afternoon.
Daniel Farke’s men have an opportunity to become the first Canaries team since the 1991/92 season to reach the final four while the Red Devils are seeking a third appearance in five years.
Where to watch Norwich vs Man Utd on TV:
- UK: BBC One
- US: ESPN
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Norwich confirmed line-up:
🚨 TEAM NEWS 🚨
▪ Pukki, Cantwell and Buendia return to the starting XI! pic.twitter.com/Bt0DkXof2w
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) June 27, 2020
Man Utd confirmed line-up:
🥁 Here's how we line up at Carrow Road for our #FACup quarter-final clash! 🚨
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 27, 2020
Norwich & Man Utd’s previous line-ups:
- Norwich (vs Everton): Krul; Aarons, Klose, Godfrey, Lewis; McLean, Tettey; Rupp, Duda, Hernández; Drmic*.
- Man Utd (vs Sheffield United): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial.
Daniel Farke has at least three players absent for the club’s first FA Cup quarter-final tie in 28 years. Defenders Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmerman and Sam Byram all have long-term injuries while forward Josip Drmic is doubt owing to knock sustained in last week’s loss to Everton.
Norwich play Arsenal next Wednesday but given their bleak Premier League prospects at the bottom of the table, he might feel the cup has assumed greater importance and prioritise accordingly. However, he feels, expect rotation of some form.
“We have had just two days to rest and we have to be careful. We’ve not had a proper pre-season and it’s very warm at the moment,” said Farke.
“We have to rotate a bit but it’s never healthy to make too many changes. It won’t be that we’ll have a completely different starting line-up. We will rotate but not all of the eleven positions.”
Bar Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones, United also have a fully fit squad as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks a first piece of silverware in charge of the 12-time winners. Their next game is even sooner than the hosts’, with an away trip to Brighton scheduled for Tuesday. Five points is all that separates them from Chelsea in the top four and so you might expect Solskjaer to rest several first-choice players, but perhaps he’ll call upon one of his better attackers to improve United’s chances of getting the result in normal time.
Solskajer said while giving his own team news update: “Of course we’re playing so many games in a short space of time, and it’s great seeing the players being in good form. I know that we’ve got so many others wanting to play as well, so there will have to be a few changes, because there’s a game again on Tuesday and then Saturday.
“That’s the pleasure of being a manager: when to give players a chance and when to give players a rest. Because we are still early on in this restart period, and it’s going to be a long period.
Players to watch:
Norwich: The home defence could be in for a busy 90 minutes so there’s extra onus placed on them. Last time out in the FA Cup they frustrated Spurs before eliminating them on penalties. Norwich’s hero that day was veteran Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul, who made two saves in the shoot-out to deny Troy Parrott and Gedson Fernandes. If he can replicate that performance then we could very well see another upset. And if Saturday’s game does go to penalties, it’s important to note that no goalkeeper has saved more spot-kicks in the Premier League this season than Krul (2). His opponents for both occasions? Manchester United.
Man Utd: After registering Manchester United’s first Premier League hat-trick since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, all eyes will naturally be on Anthony Martial (if he plays, of course), who earlier in the season also netted as Solskjaer’s team left Carrow Road with all three Premier League points. Not only that, but he’s been involved in 16 goals across his previous 19 FA Cup outings.
If Martial is given the day off, we can expect Odio Ighalo to lead the line. The 30-year-old Shanghai Shenhua loanee signed on with United till January 2021 and was described as “one of the most positive surprises ever” by former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, who added: “First of all his personality around the club, he’s been a revelation around the club. Everybody has tagged on and liked him straight away.
“When you have that kind of personality, it changes the whole team. Someone who brings a laugh into the dressing room, rather than coming in grumpy or not saying anything. It changes the dynamics. And what he’s done on the pitch, that really has surprised me.
“I was kind of confused… because it was last day [of the transfer window] and it looked as if [United] were just needing and looking to bring someone in. But that’s not the truth. And what he’s done is just fantastic.”