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Preview: Norwich City v Manchester United – Barclays U21 Premier League

Manchester United’s U21 side travel to Carrow Road this evening, where they will face Norwich City in their first Barclays U21 Premier League of 2015. Warren Joyce has named his squad for the U21’s this evening, with a strong team being selected. He has included Ben Amos, Kieran O’Hara; Callum Evans, Liam Grimshaw, Saidy Janko, Donald Love, Marnick Vermijl; Josh Harrop, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Nick Powell, James Weir, Matty Willock; Ashley Fletcher, Will Keane.

The likes of Amos, Lingard, Powell and Pereira could all be included with a view of them being sent out on loan. Amos has literally no chance of being a contended for the first team after Thursday’s announcement of Víctor Valdés’ arrival and the fate of Anders Lindegaard still unknown. Powell returned from a loan spell with Leicester City, and will most likely be sent back on loan for the remainder of the season and Lingard is currently being linked with Championship play-off contenders Wolverhampton Wanderers, which leaves Pereira, a player that has travelled with United’s first team squad, but has still only played in the 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

United are currently fifth in the Barclays U21 Premier League with 14 points. Rivals Manchester City are currently top of the league with 17 points but United have two games in hand over them. A victory this evening will see United return to the top of the league with a game in hand over their noisy neighbours. United did beat Norwich City 3-0 at the start of the season, with the side currently in tenth place in the league having amassed ten points in nine matches this season. Norwich City has scored 12 goals this season, conceding 17 – compared to United, who have scored 15 goals, conceding only eight.

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Manchester United U21 Form: LWDLWW

Last six matches: Southampton 1-0 L, Blackburn Rovers 5-0 W, Chelsea 1-1 D, Leicester City 3-2 L, West Ham United 2-1 W, Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 W

Manchester United U21 Goal Scorers:

6 – Will Keane, James Wilson, 4 – Adnan Januzaj, 2 – Tom Lawrence, Andreas Pereira, Joe Rothwell, 1 – Own Goal, Josh Harrop, Ander Herrera, Paddy McNair, Tom Thorpe, James Weir

Norwich City U21 Form: LDWLWL

Last six matches: Chelsea 5-0 L, Liverpool 1-1 D, Fulham 4-2 W, Thetford Town 1-0 L, West Ham United 1-0 W, Everton 3-0 L

Norwich City U21 Goal Scorers:

4 – Jamar Loza, 2 – Jamie Easton-Collins, Cameron King, 1 – Luciano Becchio, Gary Hooper, Cameron McGeehan, Carlton Morris

Predicted Starting XI:

Predicted Final Score:

Norwich City 0-3 Manchester United

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