Norwich vs Manchester United
English Premier League
Date: 11 December 2021, Saturday
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Carrow Road (Norwich).
Manchester United cannot be complacent when they travel to Norwich City on Saturday. The Red Devils are overwhelming favourites against the rock bottom placed side, though they managed just 1 win from their last four away games.
Ralf Rangnick will be in charge for a third time as Manchester United coach this weekend, having guided the team to a narrow 1-0 win against Crystal Palace and 1-1 draw against Young Boys at the Old Trafford. He fielded a heavily rotated side for Wednesday’s Champions League tie with the group already won and no major changes are expected to the usual eleven on Saturday.
Many experts are expecting to catch a good glimpse of the German’s tactics this time after he had a few days of training under his belt.
United are sitting at 6thh on the log, a win here will take them as high as fourth depending on results elsewhere.
Norwich City on the other hand made some improvements under Dean Smith and were unbeaten in the first four games before Tottenham crushed them 4-0 last weekend. The Canaries remain at the foot of the table with 10 points. But the relegation zone is too tight, and a surprise win here could take them temporarily above the bottom three.
Norwich vs Manchester United Head-to-head
There are no draws in the last 14 Premier League meetings between the two sides. Manchester United won 11 of them with the remaining 3 victories falling in the name of Norwich City.
Six of their last nine meetings recorded over 2.5 goals.
At this ground, Manchester United won three consecutive league games as well as 9 of the last 11 visits while losing in two.
Norwich vs Manchester United Prediction
Manchester United are playing much improved football since the departure of Solskjaer. There are other positives in terms of player performances with the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho heavily involved in the attacking third.
Norwich’s mini resurgence under Dean Smith is commendable, but they just miserably failed in the first litmus test against a strong team in Tottenham last weekend.
For this season, we can back United to walk away from Carrow Road with a comfortable victory. The odds of 1.45 on away win is decent and will help in boosting accumulator slips.
But my top pick for this game comes in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime. With the midfield now looking better, the Portuguese talisman has the best chance of finding the back of the net