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Ratings: Ronaldo’s penalty gave United the win against Norwich; De Gea MOTM, Dalot and Telles were brilliant

Manchester United beat Norwich City 1-0 at Carrow Road in the Premier League on Saturday evening. Just one goal separated the two sides which was scored from the penalty spot by none other than Cristiano Ronaldo in the 75th minute of the match. It was not a great display by Ralf Rangnick’s side but David De Gea could hold his head high, making save after save to deny Norwich from getting a goal, which could have seen United lose this match. There is lots of work required for this United team and they need to become much better than this. Brentford will not be a push over on Tuesday evening.

It was a slow start for United against Norwich. United’s pressing was not the best and you would expect something better from a team that, at least the majority, had a week off. It showed that time was needed to get this United side ticking away. I’m not sure the 4-2-2 formation is the best fit for United. Scott McTominay had a shot on goal in the 11th minute of the match, but it was blocked. Three minutes later, Alex Telles had a shot which was high with Tim Krill making the save to deny United from opening the scoring. In the 21st minute of the match, Grant Hanley was replaced by Jacob Sørensen because of an injury.

Between the 32nd and 39th minutes of the match, Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford all had chances on goal with the first two being saved and Rashford missing his effort. It seemed that United, despite their experience on the pitch, needed to try much harder to break the deadlock. In the resulting minutes both Lukas Rupp and Teemu Pukki has chances on goal which were blocked. This Norwich side, despite being cemented to the bottom of the Premier League table, were up for the fight, as they were in the last match here between them and United.

Towards the end of the half, which looked set to be a 0-0 draw, Harry Maguire had a shot on goal, played in by Sancho, but the save was made. It seemed that this was going to be a bad day at the office for United. Improvement needed to come but there was plenty of time to instil that with Rangnick at the helm. United needed to ensure they get wins in these matches in order to give that time as if the players continue to hide, like some of them have done for more than one manager, this manager would not lose and players would be shifted on from the club, whatever the cost would be for the club.

There were no changes for either side at the start of the second half. United needed to take this chance to get the three points up for grabs as losing to this Norwich side would be more embarrassing than the 4-1 defeat to Watford, who have failed to win a match since that victory over United. McTominay had a shot blocked two minutes into the second half with Przemyslaw Placheta seeing David De Gea make a fine save to deny him in the same minute. It seemed that both teams were up for getting ahead in this match and it would be a survival of the fittest. Fred had a shot in the 50th minute, which was against blocked.

Bruno Fernandes tried to feed Rashford a through ball in the 54th minute but he was ruled offside, ending the attack there and then. Pukki had another chance in the 57th minute, which was saved by De Gea, who was showing his ability in goal in this match. Sørensen had a header from close-range blocked by before the hour mark of the match and Rashford missed again two minutes later. Rangnick made his first substitution in the 67th minute of the match with Mason Greenwood replacing Sancho. Todd Cantwell replaced Placheta in the 70th minute of the match with Norwich seeking to freshen their attack.

United won a penalty in the 73rd minute of the match after Max Aarons fouled Ronaldo. The penalty was delayed as Victor Lindelof seemed injured and unable to continue. Rangnick sent Eric Bailly on in replacement for the Swede. Ronaldo converted the penalty, beating Krul and scoring his 13th goal of the season. United would need to weather the storm Norwich would provide knowing that this United side were not tweaked in a way that was going to punish them. It was a good finish for Ronaldo, who is outscoring players younger than him and always seems to be the main critique for the pundits who are hurt by United.

Norwich tried to get back into the game, but failed. Diogo Dalot was booked in the 77th minute of the match before Donny van de Beek replaced Fernandes in the 88th minute of the match as the final substitute for United. Rangnick’s United seemed to get the smash and grab in this match, earning them all three points. It was not a convincing victory though. With five minute of added time, United got the win. They would need to be much better in their clash with Brentford on Tuesday evening, otherwise they could suffer their first defeat under the German, which would not be good at the time United needed to fight to get back into contention.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

MOTM for this match. Had little to do in the first half. Made two great saves from Pukki and Kabak which could have seen United lose if they went in. De Gea is the man that occupies this position at this time, even with Henderson challenging.

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20 Diogo Dalot

Consistent and reliable. The Portuguese right-back has managed three great performances in a row. He was a resurgent attacker, but was not looked at too often by his teammates. Should keep his place going forward. Wan-Bissaka needs to find much improvement to take him out of the team.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Was pressured by Pukki. It was not a good match for him. Came off injured as United won and scored a penalty. Bailly replaced him in the 74th minute of the match.

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5 Harry Maguire

Slow with the ball at his feet and did not get forward much to help the front six, as he has done before. Defended well, especially from corners. United to be more resurgent at the back, helping the attack more often.

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27 Alex Telles

He seems to be performing well, which might give Shaw some problems. Gave chance creation from crosses and forced a save on the crossbar from a free-kick. Seems to have so much potential.

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17 Fred

Disciplined. Seemed to bail out Lindelof, which he should not be expected to do. He did not make a big impression in the match, as he did against Palace. But he was worth his selection today.

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39 Scott McTominay

Was positive on the ball and did what he needed to do in order to protect the back four. Had some shots on goal and it was his cross that led to the penalty. Many don't rate him but three manager's have now, which say everything.

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25 Jadon Sancho

He was a threat on the ball and needed to get it more often. Should not have been the first change in this match, but was replaced by Greenwood in the 67th minute of the match.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

Seemed to be unreliable on the ball - which has been a problem recently. He's a great player and should be better than this. Should perhaps be on the bench on Tuesday as United need to find plan B for the attacking positions. Replaced by Van de Beek in the 88th minute of the match.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Should not have started. His form is terrible. He was sloppy with the ball, unable to hit a shot that puzzled the keeper. He did create a chance for Ronaldo, but he should be better than this.

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7 Cristiano Ronaldo

Faced Krul and had a shot, which the goalkeeper pushed away. Seemed like he did not have a break this week. He scored the penalty, his 13th goal of the season but also missed a chance. A win is a win though.

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Substitutes

11 Mason Greenwood

Replaced Sancho 67'. Brought on some energy for the attack but he did relatively little whilst on the pitch.

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3 Eric Bailly

Replaced Lindelof 74'. Came on to replaced an injured Lindelof. After playing to a good standard against Young Boys on Wednesday, he did not seem to get into this match.

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34 Donny van de Beek

Replaced Fernandes 88'. Came on too late in the game to make much of an impact. Could replace Fernandes in the starting XI against Brentford on Tuesday?

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Goals: Cristiano Ronaldo 75′ penalty

Assists: N/A

Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof (Bailly 74′), Maguire, Telles; Fred, McTominay; Sancho (Greenwood 67′), Fernandes (Van de Beek 88′), Rashford; Ronaldo

Substitutes Not Used: Heaton, Henderson; Jones, Shaw; Lingard; Elanga

Bookings: Pierre Lees-Melou 90+4′; Diogo Dalot 77′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: Ronaldo seeking to increase goal tally against Norwich; Dalot, Telles, Fred and Sancho start

Manchester United will face Norwich City in the Premier League at Carrow Road this evening. The match comes three days after the 1-1 draw against Young Boys in the final UEFA Champions League group stage match of the season with United winning the group and making the knockout stages of the competition. It was Ralf Rangnick’s second match in charge of the club and like Michael Carrick, he is so far undefeated with United winning three and drawing two of their last five matched post-Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United will be expected to continue that run of form as they bid to get back in with a chance of challenging this season.

United current sit sixth in the Premier League table with 24 points, three points adrift of fourth place and 11 points adrift of the top spot, currently held by Manchester City. Norwich sit rock bottom in the league, earning just ten points in the 15 matches they have played this season, winning twice, drawing four times and losing nine times. They share the relegation places with Newcastle United (19th) and Burnley (18th) with Watford, who beat United 4-1 recently, sitting in 17th place, three points clear of the trio in the drop zone. Of course, this could all change before a ball is kicked at Carrow Road with five matches being played before this one.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Dalot, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles;

Fred, McTominay;

Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford;

Ronaldo

Substitutes:

Heaton, Henderson; Bailly, Jones, Shaw; Lingard, Van de Beek; Greenwood, Elanga

Norwich City:

Krul;

Aarons, Kabak, Hanley, Giannoulis;

Sargent, McLean, Rupp, Gilmour, Placheta;

Pukki

Substitutes:

Gunn; Byram, Mumba, Tomkinson; Dowell, Cantwell, Sorensen, Lees-Melou; Idah

United and Norwich have met a total of 18 times in the history of the Premier League. United have won 14 times, drawn once with Norwich winning the remaining three matches. United have scored 35 goals, winning four penalties and scoring two of them. Norwich have scored 11 goals, winning no penalties. United have kept a total of 10 clean sheets with Norwich keeping two. United players have been shown a total of 15 yellow cards and no red cards in this fixture with Norwich players shown a total of 22 yellow cards and no red cards. United are in much better form than they were in early November and will seek to take advantage of the strugglers.

United and Norwich have a good history. Mike Phelan both played for Norwich. Brandon Williams is currently on loan at the club. Mike Haines (Technical Scout) and Matthew Lewis (Performance Analyst) both worked for United. Henning Berg is a scout for the Norfolk club. Robbie Brady, Steve Bruce, Jacob Butterfield, Luke Chadwick, Ritchie De Laet, Dion Dublin, David Fox, David Healy, Paul Heckingbottom, Rhodri Jones, Phil Mulryne, Alex Notman, Anthony Pilkington, Simon Ratcliffe, Mark Robins, Michael Rose, and Martin Russel all played for both clubs, some at youth level. David Beckham and Rio Ferdinand both had trials at Norwich.

Written by John Walker

Predicted XI: [4-3-3] Henderson, Dalot and Shaw to start against Norwich; Ronaldo, Greenwood and Sancho to lead the attack? Fernandes to shine?

Manchester United will face Norwich City in the Premier League at Carrow Road on Saturday evening. The match comes three days after the 1-1 draw against Young Boys in the final UEFA Champions League group stage match of the season with United winning the group and making the knockout stages of the competition. It was Ralf Rangnick’s second match in charge of the club and like Michael Carrick, he is so far undefeated with United winning three and drawing two of their last five matched post-Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United will be expected to continue that run of form as they bid to get back in with a chance of challenging this season.

United current sit sixth in the Premier League table with 24 points, three points adrift of fourth place and 11 points adrift of the top spot, currently held by Manchester City. Norwich sit rock bottom in the league, earning just ten points in the 15 matches they have played this season, winning twice, drawing four times and losing nine times. They share the relegation places with Newcastle United (19th) and Burnley (18th) with Watford, who beat United 4-1 recently, sitting in 17th place, three points clear of the trio in the drop zone. Of course, this could all change before a ball is kicked at Carrow Road with five matches being played before this one.

Previous meetings with Norwich City and their connections with Manchester United.

United and Norwich have met a total of 18 times in the history of the Premier League. United have won 14 times, drawn once with Norwich winning the remaining three matches. United have scored 35 goals, winning four penalties and scoring two of them. Norwich have scored 11 goals, winning no penalties. United have kept a total of 10 clean sheets with Norwich keeping two. United players have been shown a total of 15 yellow cards and no red cards in this fixture with Norwich players shown a total of 22 yellow cards and no red cards. United are in much better form than they were in early November and will seek to take advantage of the strugglers.

United and Norwich have a good history. Mike Phelan both played for Norwich. Brandon Williams is currently on loan at the club. Mike Haines (Technical Scout) and Matthew Lewis (Performance Analyst) both worked for United. Henning Berg is a scout for the Norfolk club. Robbie Brady, Steve Bruce, Jacob Butterfield, Luke Chadwick, Ritchie De Laet, Dion Dublin, David Fox, David Healy, Paul Heckingbottom, Rhodri Jones, Phil Mulryne, Alex Notman, Anthony Pilkington, Simon Ratcliffe, Mark Robins, Michael Rose, and Martin Russel all played for both clubs, some at youth level. David Beckham and Rio Ferdinand both had trials at Norwich.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Norwich City in the Premier League at Carrow Road on Saturday evening…

Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson

United have some capable goalkeepers this season. David De Gea is considered the number one goalkeeper for the club but that could all change this season if Rangnick feels there are better players in the squad. Dean Henderson played his second match of the season against Young Boys, which was good to see and the manager subbed him off in the second half to give Tom Heaton his debut for the club after coming through the academy and making his name in the game elsewhere. It was the first time he was seen since pre-season, in which he started a few matches with De Gea’s participation in the Euro’s and Henderson’s injury.

Lee Grant is also in the squad this season, but I would not expect to see him unless a loan spell was issued for Henderson, if De Gea is going to keep the number one spot and there are no injuries in the position with the players that remain. I would like to see Henderson given a chance against Norwich as it could be another good match for him to show what he has got as Rangnick will need to assess all of his players to find out who makes the grade, who is fine for rotation and who needs to leave the club. United need to be ruthless whilst thinking about the future as there are some competent players in the youth set up that will need nurturing.

Defenders: Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

United’s defence have done a lot better in the last five matches post-Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, keeping two clean sheets and conceding just four goals in those five matches, winning three and drawing twice. Raphael Varane is expected to miss this match, seemingly getting ready to return against Brighton and Hove Albion in just over a week’s time. This will mean that United will have to think about the next two matches without him, unless he is deemed fit earlier – which could add more problems based on what happened last time. This means that Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire could partner once again on the centre of the defence, which is not a problem.

The fullback roles have few options at this time with Aaron Wan-Bissaka stretchered off after the full-time whistle on Wednesday after colliding with the advertising hoarding, injuring his hand/wrist again, after knocking his knee earlier in the match. Because of this, it will be expected that Diogo Dalot starts once again in the right-back position after playing against both Arsenal and Crystal Palace in the position and doing well. On the other side, Luke Shaw returned against Young Boys, so could call time on Alex Telles’ participation once again, unless the Brazilian is considered to be fitter for this match with Shaw playing against Brentford next week?

Midfield: Scott McTominay, Fred, Bruno Fernandes

United’s midfield is perhaps the troublesome positions in the squad this season. With Paul Pogba injured and probably on his way out of the club as a free agent at the end of the season, or before, there is some rebuilding needed which will get this team a bit stronger in these positions so they can dominate, helping both the attack and the defence. Scott McTominay, Fred and Bruno Fernandes were all rested on Wednesday evening. They were all missed in that experimental side which was not a complete failure as United did not lose the match. However, reinforcement will be needed as United need to become hungrier in these positions.

McTominay can play in the defensive area of the midfield which will unlock both Fred and Fernandes to operate in the attacking areas, when on the attack and drop back to help when United were defending. This is the bare minimum that is needed to play in the midfield for United. There needs to be pace, ability and hunger for United to achieve. A victory over Norwich is the minimum that will be expected in this match as United then move on to think about the next during this busy Festive period. Rangnick will have some ideas on how to set his team up but these three players are perhaps the best options at this time. At least until changes can be made.

Forward: Mason Greenwood, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho

United’s attacking line is the strongest part of the squad this season, even with the injuries to Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani – with the duo back, the options will be impressive providing all players can pull some kind of form together at the same time. It could see United see reliance of the older players reduced, although Cristiano Ronaldo will want to play every match that he can for the club. The Portuguese superstar should start having been rested in the week and will be seeking to add to his 12 goals in all competitions so far this season. It has been a good return to United for Ronaldo – he could be intrinsic to United’s chances of success.

Mason Greenwood scored United’s only goal against Young Boys on Wednesday evening at the Theatre of Dreams, which was a good finish from a Luke Shaw cross. It has been said that Rangnick wants to make him one of the stars of this team, which we all know he is capable being but he will need to be nurtured in an era where the tactics and formation of the team will change. Jadon Sancho should be the other wide player to start in a 4-3-3 formation, with the player in the left where he could interchange with Greenwood, Ronaldo or cut into the centre with both fullbacks coming forward when United are on the attack.

Substitutes: David De Gea; Phil Jones, Alex Telles; Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek; Marcus Rashford, Amad Diallo, Anthony Elanga

United’s bench will be much different to the one which was named in the draw to Young Boys on Wednesday. I would like to see David De Gea on the bench with Henderson given a chance to shine under Rangnick, which could see the manager assess his players ahead of the important January transfer window. Both are competent goalkeepers but the manager needs to find out which one is better to build the team around. Both have good points and bad points and it is a risk worth assessing. In defence, Phil Jones and Alex Telles could line up on the bench with the former not able to play in the Champions League in the midweek.

In the midfield areas, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek could all have something to offer, although both Lingard and Van de Beek would need to raise their game considerably to earn starts in this squad. Both were not up to the high standards needed to feature more. It is entirely possible that both could leave the club in January with Lingard’s contract expiring in the summer and the Dutchman unhappy. In attack, with injuries hampering United, Marcus Rashford, Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga could all be available which would boost the options from the bench should more be needed from United.

Written by John Walker

Preview: United ready for Norwich challenge; Rangnick to find who to build his team around? Henderson starts?

Norwich City -v- Manchester United

Premier League

Carrow Road, Norwich

Saturday 11 December 2021, KO 17:30 GMT

Referee: Darren England Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Peter Kirkup

Fourth Official: Andy Madley VAR: John Brooks

Assistant VAR: Eddie Smart

Manchester United will face Norwich City in the Premier League at Carrow Road on Saturday evening. The match comes three days after the 1-1 draw against Young Boys in the final UEFA Champions League group stage match of the season with United winning the group and making the knockout stages of the competition. It was Ralf Rangnick’s second match in charge of the club and like Michael Carrick, he is so far undefeated with United winning three and drawing two of their last five matched post-Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United will be expected to continue that run of form as they bid to get back in with a chance of challenging this season.

United current sit sixth in the Premier League table with 24 points, three points adrift of fourth place and 11 points adrift of the top spot, currently held by Manchester City. Norwich sit rock bottom in the league, earning just ten points in the 15 matches they have played this season, winning twice, drawing four times and losing nine times. They share the relegation places with Newcastle United (19th) and Burnley (18th) with Watford, who beat United 4-1 recently, sitting in 17th place, three points clear of the trio in the drop zone. Of course, this could all change before a ball is kicked at Carrow Road with five matches being played before this one.

Manchester United – Recent Form, Goals Scored and Assists: DWWDWL

Young Boys 1-1 D, Crystal Palace 1-0 W, Arsenal 3-2 W, Chelsea 1-1 D, Villarreal 2-0 W, Watford 4-1 L

Goals: 12 – Cristiano Ronaldo, 5 – Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, 3 – Marcus Rashford, 2 – Fred, Jesse Lingard, Jadon Sancho, 1 – Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial, Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek

Assists: 9 – Bruno Fernandes, 7 – Paul Pogba, 3 – Luke Shaw, 2 – Mason Greenwood, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Cristiano Ronaldo 1 – Fred, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Raphael Varane

Norwich City – Recent Form, Goals Scored and Assists: LDDWWL

Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 L, Newcastle United 1-1 D, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 D, Southampton 2-1 W, Brentford 2-1 W, Leeds United 2-1 L

Goals: 5 – Teemu Pukki, 2 – Joshua Sargent, Christos Tzolis, 1 – Grant Hanley, Kenny McLean, Mathias Normann, Andrew Omobamidele, Lukas Rupp

Assists: 2 – Christos Tzolis, 1 – Max Aarons, Kieran Dowell, Dimitris Giannoulis, Billy Gilmour, Kenny McLean, Mathias Normann, Milot Rashica, Joshua Sargent

Previous meetings with Norwich City and their connections with Manchester United.

United and Norwich have met a total of 18 times in the history of the Premier League. United have won 14 times, drawn once with Norwich winning the remaining three matches. United have scored 35 goals, winning four penalties and scoring two of them. Norwich have scored 11 goals, winning no penalties. United have kept a total of 10 clean sheets with Norwich keeping two. United players have been shown a total of 15 yellow cards and no red cards in this fixture with Norwich players shown a total of 22 yellow cards and no red cards. United are in much better form than they were in early November and will seek to take advantage of the strugglers.

United and Norwich have a good history. Mike Phelan both played for Norwich. Brandon Williams is currently on loan at the club. Mike Haines (Technical Scout) and Matthew Lewis (Performance Analyst) both worked for United. Henning Berg is a scout for the Norfolk club. Robbie Brady, Steve Bruce, Jacob Butterfield, Luke Chadwick, Ritchie De Laet, Dion Dublin, David Fox, David Healy, Paul Heckingbottom, Rhodri Jones, Phil Mulryne, Alex Notman, Anthony Pilkington, Simon Ratcliffe, Mark Robins, Michael Rose, and Martin Russel all played for both clubs, some at youth level. David Beckham and Rio Ferdinand both had trials at Norwich.

Team News: Pogba and Martial ruled out through injury, Wan-Bissaka 50/50 to be involved against Norwich with Varane and Cavani back in training but not likely to find involvement in this match.

Paul Pogba (Thigh) and Anthony Martial (Knee) have been ruled out for the trip to Norwich. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Hand/Wrist/Knee) was stretched off in the draw with Young Boys, meaning he’s likely to have a 50/50 chance of being able to feature for United. Raphael Varane (Thigh) has returned to training but this match might come too soon for him – especially in what happened the last time he returned from injury. Edinson Cavani (Tendon) is also back in training but this match also comes too soon for him. It is expected that both Varane and Cavani could return ahead of the visit of Brighton and Hove Albion to the Theatre of Dreams on the 18 December.

Christoph Zimmermann (Ankle) and Milot Rashica (Groin) have both been ruled out of the visit of United due to injury. Brandon Williams is ineligible to face his parent club, being on loan at Norwich, which could be a big miss for the club. Mathias Normann (Pelvic) has a 50% chance of featuring for his club on Saturday evening whilst Sam Byram (Fitness) has a 25% chance of featuring against United. Norwich find themselves at the bottom of the league ahead of this match, which will be daunting for them, especially with United in much better form than they were in mid-November. If this match was a month ago, they would have been confident.

Predicted Starting XI: Ronaldo, Sancho and Greenwood to lead United’s attack against Norwich? Fernandes, Fred and McTominay to feature in midfield? Dalot to win back his place in defence?

Rangnick probably does not fully know what kind of structure he will go with at this time, having been in charge of just two matches, one of which saw the majority of the first team left out. I think he will continue to experiment with is team and there could be some changes still to come. It is a relatively easy run for United for the foreseeable future, which is not suggesting that it will be an easy ride, but United have played the majority of the big clubs now, at least for this stage of the season. United will still be expected to continue to achieve results, which have been positive in the past five matches. The run will need to continue.

I would like to see Dean Henderson given another chance against Norwich this weekend, which will give Rangnick some first hand knowledge on the structure with him in the team. It is safe to say he is a different type of goalkeeper to David De Gea, who has kept his place in the team thus far. In defence, Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw could all start with the latter returning on Wednesday from a head injury. In midfield, Scott McTominay, Fred and Bruno Fernandes could all start with Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood and Cristiano Ronaldo in the attacking positions. That could be a great fit for United right now.

Match Prediction: United beat Norwich home and away during the 2019/20 season, scoring seven goals and conceding one as the club ended up being relegated to the Championship that season.

United and Norwich did not face each other in the Premier League last season because of Norwich’s relegation at the end of the 2019/20 season. Bask then, United beat Norwich twice. In the fixture at Carrow Road which was played on the 27 October 2019, United won 3-1. Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored the goals for United with Onel Hernandez getting a late consolation. At Old Trafford, which was played on the 11 January 2020, United won 4-0 with the goals scored by Rashford, who scored a brace, Martial and Mason Greenwood. United need to do the same this season – brushing the relegation candidates aside.

United seem to be in a better stage in confidence having been undefeated in their last five matches. Michael Carrick led United to two wins and one draw with Rangnick so far guiding United to a win and a draw. Two clean sheets have been kept with United beating Villarreal, Arsenal and Crystal Palace and drawing to Chelsea and Young Boys – although a team of fringe players was used in the latter match with some debuts being given for promising youth players. United have a good run ahead of them over the Festive period, which is a good sign compared to the run that contributed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.

Norwich City 0-4 Manchester United

Written by John Walker

Review & Ratings: Odion Ighalo and Harry Maguire score to see United into FA Cup semi-final; creativity worrying with club finding it hard to break down Norwich City

Manchester United beat Norwich City 2-1 at Carrow Road, reaching the semi-final of the Emirates FA Cup this season. Odion Ighalo scored the opening goal in the 51st minute of the match but United saw Todd Cantwell score an equaliser in the 75th minute of the match, which forced extra time with United struggling to find a winner. That came in the 118th minute with club captain Harry Maguire heading from close-range.

The first half of the game was missing a lot of things. United ended up with 67.5% possession, had eight shots – five of which were blocked with three being off target. Solskjaer’s side is screaming out for the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, who had all been rested, presumably to keep them fresh ahead of Tuesday’s visit to face Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League. The half ended 0-0.

United opened the scoring six minutes into the second half with Odion Ighalo scoring his fifth goal for United this season. Luke Shaw tried to cross the ball into the box but it was blocked before Juan Mata could reach the ball and it ballooned into the air with the Nigerian striker in the right place at the right time, finishing superbly putting the ball into the back of the net to put United ahead in the match.

Solskjaer made a triple change in the 63rd minute of the match with United leading at the time with Brandon Williams, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood all coming on with Diogo Dalot, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata coming off. Minutes later, Norwich threatened and nearly equalised with the ball seemingly being cleared off the line, which was a close call for United, who were still 1-0 up in the match.

Norwich equalised in the 75th minute through Todd Cantwell, who is a player that Solskjaer should keep an eye on, although the 22-year-old predominantly plays on the left of midfield. The ball was worked across to Cantwell from the left and he unleashed a fizzing effort which swerved away from Sergio Romero and into the bottom corner of the net. It was unfortunate for the Argentinian, who has conceded four goal this season.

Solskjaer made a double substitution in the 78th minute of the match with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic replacing Scott McTominay and Fred with United needing to score again to be in Sunday’s semi-final draw. Norwich held off the pressure for a while but in a challenge Timm Klose was sent off for fouling Ighalo on the edge of the box after the striker rounded him and looked to threaten once again.

United still required more with the clock counting down with six minutes of time added on. At the end, United had a double chance to find the winner with Mason Greenwood coming closest to beating Tim Krul just before the whistle was blown with Pogba offside. The half was over and extra time was coming after the 1-1 draw with United needing to take advantage of having the extra man for another 30 minutes.

Solskjaer made his sixth and final substitution, the extra one because of the match going into extra time, bringing on Anthony Martial and taking Eric Bailly off, throwing it all at Norwich to find that elusive winning goal of the game which would put United into the semi-finals of the FA Cup this season. With Norwich down to ten-men, it so far, seemed to be a tough task with four or five attacking players on the pitch.

Pogba had a good shot on goal in the 104th minute of the match with Krul making the save with his arm then racing out to collect the rebound to stop United from taking any advantage. Martial then looked poised to score a minute later with Jamal Lewis putting the Frenchman off, stopping his side from conceding another goal in the game. United needed to keep throwing it all at Norwich.

Towards the end of extra time, United were still throwing all they had at Norwich to try and find the winner. Harry Maguire had an attempt earlier in the half with United seemingly all over Norwich with the home club not having much response, possibly due to tiredness. Maguire scored the winner in the 118th minute of the match with a header, finally beating Krul from close-range.

United will now find themselves in the draw for the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup this season, which will be drawn at half time during the Newcastle United versus Manchester City match at St Jame’s Park on Sunday evening, which will sort out their opposition in the matches which will be played behind closed doors at Wembley on the weekend of the 18 and 19 July 2020, meaning United will have another match to play.

Manchester United

Review & Ratings: Odion Ighalo and Harry Maguire score to see United into FA Cup semi-final; creativity worrying with club finding it hard to break down Norwich City

The Argentinian was unfortunate to be beaten in the 75th minute of the match, conceding his fourth goal this season, unfortunate not to be able to keep his 12th clean sheet in all cup competitions. It happens and he will not be happy that he was beaten.

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20 Diogo Dalot

The young right-back did what he needed to do defensively most of the time but his inexperience may have let him down at times. He's not Aaron Wan-Bissaka and could have been one of United's weaker players against Norwich. He was replaced by Brandon Williams in the 63rd minute of the match.

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3 Eric Bailly

The Ivorian defender did what he needed to do against Norwich and was unfortunate to see his side concede a goal in the 75th minute. It was good to see him given a chance to take on Victor Lindelof to partner Harry Maguire, doing himself proud on the way. He was replaced by Anthony Martial six minutes into extra time with Solskjaer taking a gamble to find the winning goal.

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5 Harry Maguire

The captain will probably go down as the Man of the Match in this game, doing well from the outset and through the 120 minute match, scoring the winner in the 118th minute, finally beating Tim Krul from close-range with a header and earning an FA Cup semi-final for United with then draw to take place on Sunday evening.

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23 Luke Shaw

The left-back had a good game for United, breaking forward a lot of the time to support the attack during the entire game. He was going to be replaced in the 63rd minute of the match but Dalot was opted for instead, with Williams playing at right-back as opposed to left-back.

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39 Scott McTominay

The Scotland international played the game against Norwich, getting into the right areas but was unable to inspire United to much. He was on the pitch when United took the lead, and when Norwich equalised, not through any error of his own. He was replaced by Paul Pogba in the 78th minute of the match with United needing another goal to win the match.

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17 Fred

The midfielder did things in the right manner against Norwich but seems to be a player that has not carried his form on from three months ago, which is understandable. As a squad player, Fred fits the bill at United but with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba both at the club and the fact that Nemanja Matic offers more at the minute, his game time is going to be hampered. Fred was replaced by Matic in the 78th minute of the match.

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8 Juan Mata

The Spanish magician played well against Norwich despite a relatively poor first half of football. United were clearly lacking the impetus of attack but got there before any changes were made. Mata was replaced by Marcus Rashford in the 63rd minute of the match.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

The Portuguese midfielder was a strong player against Norwich, doing all he needed to do to help create chances for the club, with many being missed left, right, and centre. He was booked in extra time for a cynical challenge, which might be something he needs to cool on, seemingly being frustrated that United were struggling to find that winning goal.

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14 Jesse Lingard

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Jesse Lingard would play against Norwich, I wondered why. After seeing him play for 60-odd minutes, I wonder how many more chances he will get to show that he is a player that United should be retaining ahead of the summer transfer window opening. Surely he does not have many more chances left? Not good enough for United, his form is just not improving at all.

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Review & Ratings: Odion Ighalo and Harry Maguire score to see United into FA Cup semi-final; creativity worrying with club finding it hard to break down Norwich City

The Nigerian striker scored his fifth goal for the club, meaning he has scored in both rounds of the Emirates FA Cup that he has played in during his time at the club. It was a good finish from the striker, who shows just what he can offer the club going forward.

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Substitutes

33 Brandon Williams

Replaced Dalot 63'. The fullback played in the right-back position for well over an hour with extra time being player in this match. He did enough to help United thwart the danger from Norwich and help set United on the front foot to push towards the victory.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Lingard 63'. The forward did not seem to be in the zone when he came on, but grew into the game, He was unable to help United get that winning goal, which was a shame.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Replaced Mata 63'. The young forward had a good game against Norwich, playing for well over the hour with extra time. He did not score but was very lively, pushing Norwich back with Solskjaer telling hims to stay wide to keep Norwich running, presumably to tire them out even more.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Replaced Fred 78'. The veteran defensive midfielder played the part in United victory, adding some freshness to the team as they played extra time pushing for the victory they eventually got.

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6 Paul Pogba

Replaced McTominay 78'. The Frenchman was a breath of fresh air for United with only Fernandes creating in the game before his arrival. It was a frustrating match for United, but they got there in the end, with penalties on the horizon.

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9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Bailly 96'. The Frenchman should have perhaps started but with United facing Brighton and Hove Albion away on Tuesday, I can see why he was rested. He did play 20-odd minutes though so will be fresh for Tuesday. He provided the assist for Maguire's winner.

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Goals: Todd Cantwell 75′; Odion Ighalo 51′, Harry Maguire 118′

Assists: Emiliano Buendia 75′; Anthony Martial 118′

Manchester United: Romero; Dalot (Williams 63′), Bailly (Martial 96′), Maguire, Shaw; McTominay (Pogba 78′), Fred (Matic 78′); Mata (Greenwood 63′), Fernandes, Lingard (Rashford 63′); Ighalo

Substitutes Not Used: De Gea; Fosu-Mensah; Pereira

Bookings: Timm Klose 89′ sent off; Bruno Fernandes 109′

Confirmed Starting XI: Ighalo leads the line against Norwich, supported by Mata, Lingard and Fernandes; Pogba, Martial and Rashford on the bench

Manchester United will be back in Emirates FA Cup action as they travelled to Carrow Road to face Norwich City this evening. It will be the third time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced Norwich this season, winning 3-1 at Carrow Road in October and 4-0 at Old Trafford in January, which has helped contribute to Norwich’s poor position in the league.

Daniel Farke could be seeking to get one over United, as this season, consistency is not something that Solskjaer’s side have had for much of the season, despite their 13-match unbeaten run which United and Solskjaer will be battling to keep running at this stage of the season, keeping chase on a UEFA Champions League place next season.

Manchester United:

Romero;

Dalot, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw;

McTominay, Fred;

Mata, Fernandes, Lingard;

Ighalo

Substitutes:

De Gea; Fosu-Mensah, Williams; Pogba, Pereira, Matic; Martial, Rashford, Greenwood

Norwich City:

Krul;

Aarons, Godfrey, Klose, Lewis;

Tettey, McLean;

Buendia, Rupp, Cantwell;

Pukki

Substitutes:

McGovern, Vrancic, Leitner, Hernandez, Stiepermann, Trybull, Drmic, Duda, Idah

United and Norwich have played 18 times in the Premier League with United winning 14 times, drawing once and losing three times. In total, United have scored 35 goals conceding 11. United have kept 10 clean sheets with the Canaries keeping two. United have been awarded four penalties, scoring two with the Canaries having none.. In total, United have received 15 yellow cards. The Canaries have received 22 yellow cards. Neither team have had a player sent off.

United will have a break from Premier League action, which sees them still five points behind Chelsea after Frank Lampard’s side beat Manchester City in the Premier League on Thursday evening. Solskjaer will be seeking another win in the FA Cup, seeing his club in the draw for the semi-final stage and keep their chances of ending the season with a trophy on a high, which would be a good end to the season.

How Manchester United could look against Norwich City; Romero in goal; Matic, McTominay and Pogba in midfield, Rashford, Martial and Greenwood in attack?

Manchester United will be back in Emirates FA Cup action as they travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City on Saturday evening. It will be the third time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced Norwich this season, winning 3-1 at Carrow Road in October and 4-0 at Old Trafford in January, which has helped contribute to Norwich’s poor position in the league.

Daniel Farke could be seeking to get one over United, as this season, consistency is not something that Solskjaer’s side have had for much of the season, despite their 13-match unbeaten run which United and Solskjaer will be battling to keep running at this stage of the season, keeping chase on a UEFA Champions League place next season.

United and Norwich have played 18 times in the Premier League with United winning 14 times, drawing once and losing three times. In total, United have scored 35 goals conceding 11. United have kept 10 clean sheets with the Canaries keeping two. United have been awarded four penalties, scoring two with the Canaries having none.. In total, United have received 15 yellow cards. The Canaries have received 22 yellow cards. Neither team have had a player sent off.

United will have a break from Premier League action, which sees them still five points behind Chelsea after Frank Lampard’s side beat Manchester City in the Premier League on Thursday evening. Solskjaer will be seeking another win in the FA Cup, seeing his club in the draw for the semi-final stage and keep their chances of ending the season with a trophy on a high, which would be a good end to the season.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Norwich City in the Emirates FA Cup at Carrow Road on Saturday evening…

Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero

The Argentinian has been called upon in the cup competitions this season and I expect that to continue on Saturday evening against Norwich City. Sergio Romero has kept 11 clean sheets playing in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and the UEFA Europa League this season, conceding just three goals in his 14 appearances in this competitions this season. It could give David De Gea a break ahead of United’s return to Premier League action against Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday evening.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Brandon Williams

Solskjaer may not make many changes in his defence but he could opt for Diogo Dalot at right-back, instead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka but I reckon he will keep the more experienced of the two in the team to face Norwich. He might make a change in the game, if a win has been secured. Eric Bailly should be given the opportunity in this match, being an unused substitute against Sheffield United and raring to go. Harry Maguire should be kept in the side. Brandon Williams could be given another chance at left-back, giving Luke Shaw a rest ahead of Tuesday.

Midfield: Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba

The midfield is an area where Solskjaer has a lot of options now with Paul Pogba back in action and looking to prove his doubters wrong this season. I expect Bruno Fernandes to be rested, albeit on the bench for this game, being called upon should he be needed. Pogba could play in the advanced role with Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay playing in the deeper positions, which could work. Solskjaer will have adequate substitutes, if need be.

Forwards: Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

This forward line could be very exciting for the future. Between them this season, with Anthony Martial scoring a hat-trick against Sheffield United on Wednesday evening, the trio has scored 50 goals in all competition this season. Marcus Rashford will be seeking to find more goals since his return from injury against Spurs with Mason Greenwood also seeking to raise his goal tally of 12 so far this season. Can they achieve 60 or more goals between them this season?

Substitutes: David De Gea; Victor Lindelof, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw; Juan Mata, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Angel Gomes; Odion Ighalo

From the bench, Solskjaer will have five substitutes for the remainder of the season, which is a good thing for the game. Granted, he can only have three substitution slots, for a total of five players, not five individual substitutes. David De Gea will be on the bench, should he be needed, as will Victor Lindelof, Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw in defence. In midfield. Juan Mata, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James and Angel Gomes could be called upon if needed with Odion Ighalo the only forward on the bench.

Preview: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer out to push Norwich City aside once against as Manchester United push for FA Cup semi-final place

Norwich City -v- Manchester United

Emirates FA Cup

Carrow Road, Norwich

Saturday 27 June 2020, KO 17:30 BST

Referee: Jonathan Moss Assistants: Edward Smart, Peter Kirkup Fourth Official: Andrew Madley

VAR: Simon Hooper Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton

Replacement Official: Lee Venamore

Manchester United will be back in Emirates FA Cup action as they travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City on Saturday evening. It will be the third time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced Norwich this season, winning 3-1 at Carrow Road in October and 4-0 at Old Trafford in January, which has helped contribute to Norwich’s poor position in the league.

Daniel Farke could be seeking to get one over United, as this season, consistency is not something that Solskjaer’s side have had for much of the season, despite their 13-match unbeaten run which United and Solskjaer will be battling to keep running at this stage of the season, keeping chase on a UEFA Champions League place next season.

Form: United unbeaten 13 matches, scoring 33 goals, conceding three times, keeping 10 clean sheets; Norwich poor in their last six matches and lost set to be relegated this season.

Manchester United: WDWWWD

Sheffield United 3-0 W, Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 D, LASK 5-0 W, Manchester City 2-0 W, Derby County 3-0 W, Everton 1-1 D

Norwich City: LLLWWL

Everton 1-0 L, Southampton 3-0 L, Sheffield United 1-0 L, Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 (4-3 pens) W, Leicester City 1-0 W, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 L

Top Scorers: Martial and Rashford have scored more goals between them than Norwich have this season. United’s forward line (Rashford, Martial and Greenwood) have scored 50 goals between them this season.

Manchester United Goals: 19 – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, 12 – Mason Greenwood, 5 – Scott McTominay, 4 – Bruno Fernandes, Odion Ighalo, Daniel James, 3 – Juan Mata, 2 – Fred, Own Goal, Jesse Lingard, Harry Maguire, Andreas Pereira, 1 – Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams, Ashley Young

United are unbeaten in 13 matches, scoring 33 goals, conceding three times, keeping 10 clean sheets and driving forward in their bid to reach the top four of the Premier League. Solskjaer’s side will be look to to retain that ruthless streak, especially after stuttering against Spurs last week. The 3-0 victory over the Blades will inspire them to do the same to Norwich, winning at Carrow Road for the second time this season.

Norwich City Goals: 11 – Teemu Pukki, 6 – Todd Cantwell, 3 – Josip Drmic, Adam Idah, 2 – Onel Hernández, 1 – Grant Hanley, Jamal Lewis, Kenny McLean, Dennis Srbeny, Alexander Tettey, Mario Vrancic

Norwich have not done well in the Premier League this season and look to be relegated back to the Championship before the season is over. They have won just two times in their last six matches and one of those wins was on penalties in the FA Cup. Since the league restarted, Norwich have conceded four goals without reply, which does not bode well. Perhaps they will put up a fight against United this weekend.

Team News: Solskjaer has no new injuries with Tuanzebe and Jones likely to miss the Norwich clash; Farke could be without up to four players for the second visit of United to Carrow Road this season.

Solskjaer could be without both Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones for the second visit to Carrow Road of the season as United take on Norwich City for the third time this season in the FA Cup. There does not seem to be any new injury worries in the squad ahead of Saturday evening’s match against the Premier League strugglers, which is a good thing.

Norwich manager Daniel Farke will be without Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann and Sam Byram with the trio already ruled out of the clash with United. A fourth player could be missing from the match with Josip Drmic out with a knock, however, he has a 50% chance of facing United, probably after a late fitness test. This could be an important match.

Predicted Starting XI: Rashford, Martial and Greenwood to lead the line, Pogba in the advanced role, Matic and McTominay in midfield?

Before the coronavirus pandemic, this match would have brought a lot of rotation in the squad but because the club are only two matches back after three months of no action, many of the players involved in the last two matches might be called upon to get the result Solskjaer wants, a win so United reach the semi-final and possibly the final – winning it.

Match Prediction: United have more wins against Norwich in the past but in a cup competition, that form can soon go out of the window. In the last two matches (October and January) United have won 3-1 and 4-0. Solskjaer will want to keep that run going.

United and Norwich have played 18 times in the Premier League with United winning 14 times, drawing once and losing three times. In total, United have scored 35 goals conceding 11. United have kept 10 clean sheets with the Canaries keeping two. United have been awarded four penalties, scoring two with the Canaries having none.. In total, United have received 15 yellow cards. The Canaries have received 22 yellow cards. Neither team have had a player sent off.

United will have a break from Premier League action, which sees them still five points behind Chelsea after Frank Lampard’s side beat Manchester City in the Premier League on Thursday evening. Solskjaer will be seeking another win in the FA Cup, seeing his club in the draw for the semi-final stage and keep their chances of ending the season with a trophy on a high, which would be a good end to the season.

Norwich City 0-4 Manchester United

Review & Ratings: Rashford brace and goals from Martial and Greenwood sink the Canaries; Williams making the left-back position his own

Manchester United beat Norwich City 4-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. It was the result that was needed after three poor results fo far in 2020. Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in the first half and doubled the lead seven minutes into the second half from the penalty spot. Goals from Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood secured the points. Juan Mata assisted twice in the match.

United started well in the game and Marcus Rashford was hungry to increase his goal tally this season, showing his skills on his 200th appearance for the club. In the 27th minute of the match, United opened the scoring with Juan Mata playing in a superb ball to Rashford in the box who buried his shot from close-range. After taking the lead, United were pushing to find a second goal with some good attacking play.

United doubled their lead in the 52nd minute of the match from the penalty spot. Brandon Williams, who had shown his fight and determination in this match, ran into the box with the ball and drew a foul from Tim Krul. Rashford took the penalty, scoring his second goal of the game and piling the pressure on which Norwich side who will remain at the bottom of the table. United got everything right, so far.

Two minutes after Rashford put United 2-0 up, Anthony Martial got a goal, his 11th of the season and the third goal of the game. Mata played the assist into the box for the Frenchman to beat Krul, putting the game well and truly in United’s favour. This is just what the doctor ordered, a good win at the Theatre of Dreams heading into an Emirates FA Cup replay against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday.

Mason Greenwood replaced Andreas Pereira in the 71st minute of the match and score United’s fourth goal in the 76th minute, his ninth goal of the season. Norwich tried to head the ball away from the box with United on the attack and Greenwood collected, ran into the box and beat Krul for the fourth time in the game. Angel Gomes replaced Martial in the 80th minute of the match, giving him a run out with United dominant.

United will now have four days before welcoming Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Theatre of Dreams in their Emirates FA Cup replay, seeking to find a place in the fourth round of the competition, where the winner of this replay will face either Watford or Tranmere Rovers. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happier with what he saw from his team in this match which will raise their confidence to face Wolves again.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper made a great save to deny Norwich from equalising at the end of the first half. In the second, he had little to do with United scoring three more goals and minimising the time Norwich had on the ball.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back was largely untroubled against Norwich. He ran the pace on the right flank and did what he needed to do in helping United get forward time and time again. Norwich will be happy when this game ends.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Iceman was calm and composed against Norwich after a few turbulent matches which left United winless so far in 2020. However, that changed today. It will be interesting what happens when Bailly is back in the first team - it should bring out the best of all defenders who will be fighting for their places in the team.

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5 Harry Maguire

It was presumed that he would be another long injury lay off for the club, causing lost of discontent during the week but it was all rumour, little fact. He trained on Friday, after missing the City defeat and started against Norwich, playing a good game, although United's defence had little to do during the game.

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33 Brandon Williams

The left-back is fastly becoming the best left-back at the club. He was heavily involved in the first half of the match and won a penalty in the second, which Rashford scored. He was unlucky to score himself but at the far post, he messed up his finish from close-range with a bouncing ball, missing the target and he looked annoyed with himself. He's still a class act in this team.

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17 Fred

The Brazilian midfielder played well again and should be commended for his rise in form this season, especially after last season. United have little movement in terms of midfielders at this moment in time but Fred has continued to put the effort into showing his ability. He's a player the manager can rely on.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Despite playing a lot of football recently, the Serbian was a good choice for this match. Granted Norwich did not offer much but he kept the midfield working and shielded the back four when needed. However, he cannot keep playing all these matches in a short period so United will need to find another gameplay in midfield.

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15 Andreas Pereira

The Belgian-born Brazilian played well at times against Norwich. Granted, he's a player who has been passed around midfield of late but against Norwich, in the right-wing position, he did what he needed to do. He was replaced in the 71st minute by Greenwood.

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8 Juan Mata

Played well against Norwich and played a superb ball into Rashford to open the scoring in the 27th minute of the match. The Spanish midfielder got a second assist for Martial's goal - the third goal of the game.

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10 Marcus Rashford

On his 200th appearance for the club, Rashford showed his skill when trying to find an early goal. He opened the scoring in the 27th minute, assisted by Mata. He scored from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute after Williams won the penalty after Krul made a poor challenge. In the 59th minute, Rashford was replace by James.

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9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman scored United third goal of the game and playing a good attacking game with United in control from the first minute of the match. It was good to see Martial back on the scoresheet. His game was over in the 80th minute after Gomes replaced him.

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Substitutes

Review & Ratings: Rashford brace and goals from Martial and Greenwood sink the Canaries; Williams making the left-back position his own

Replaced Rashford 59'. The Welsh winger may have needed a rest but would have to play 30 minutes against Norwich as he replaced Rashford, who went straight down the tunnel. He did what he needed to do and United scored two more goals with him on the pitch.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Replaced Pereira 71'. The 18-year-old continue his good first full season in the first team by scoring another goal, United's fourth against Norwich. His ability on an off the ball is great to see, as is his rise through the ranks as he works as hard as anyone else.

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Review & Ratings: Rashford brace and goals from Martial and Greenwood sink the Canaries; Williams making the left-back position his own

Replaced Martial 80'. It was good to see Gomes given minutes in the team. He should get more in the coming weeks, which might change his contract situation. The confidence gained from playing regularly might return some form for him, giving him a platform to shine.

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Goals: Marcus Rashford 27′, 52′, Anthony Martial 54′, Mason Greenwood 76′

Assists: Juan Mata 27′, 54′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; Fred, Matic; Pereira (Greenwood 71′), Mata, Rashford (James 59′); Martial (Gomes 80′)

Substitutes Not Used: Grant; Jones, Dalot; Chong

Bookings: 

Confirmed Starting XI: Martial leads the line, Rashford, Mata and Pereira support, Williams keeps his place against Norwich

Manchester United welcome Norwich City to Old Trafford in the Premier League this afternoon. It will be the second meeting between the two sides this season. United won the last 3-1 at Carrow Road with goals from Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. Of late, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been poor at best ending December and 2019 in good form but are so far winless in 2020.

United need to venture into the transfer market this month, if only to rectify the lack of depth in the midfield, which would be welcomed by the Old Trafford faithful. Discontent seems to be rising amongst those who have an agenda, namely to attract views to their channels and the fans who seem to want to blame everyone but Ed Woodward and the Glazers for the problems at the club – they have been the one constant.

United need to find a way to get a first victory of 2020 on the board. They sit fifth in the Premier League table, five point adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea and one point ahead of sixth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have their own injury problems at this stage of the season with Harry Kane on the sidelines. Solskjaer may need to address his tactics in order to get better results as things are becoming more stagnant.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams;

Fred, Matic;

Pereira, Mata, Rashford;

Martial

Substitutes:

Grant; Jones, Dalot, Shaw; James, Gomes; Greenwood

Norwich City:

Krul;

Aarons, Zimmermann, Hanley, Byram;

Tettey, Vrancic;

Buendia Stati, McLean, Cantwell;

Idah

Substitutes:

Fahrmann; Lewis, Amadou; Leitner, Trybull; Hernandez, Stiepermann

United and City have played a total of 70 matches in this history of both clubs with the first match being played in 1906. United have won 38 times, drawn 15 times and lost 17 times. The last defeat to Norwich came in the Premier League back in December 2015, a 2-1 defeat at the Old Trafford with Cameron Jerome and Alex Tettey putting the Canaries 2-0 up before Anthony Martial got a consolation for United.

United have endured a 13 match unbeaten run against Norwich which lasted from November 1979 until November 1986, then an 11 match unbeaten run from March 1991 until August 2004. Since the last defeat, United and Norwich have played twice with United winning both matches. A 3-1 victory at Carrow Road in October 2019 was the last meeting between the two clubs with Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Martial all scoring in that match.

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