Verdict: Away win
Best Odds: 10/11
This is make or break time for Norwich City, who will probably need at least two wins from three remaining games in order to survive, but defeating revived Manchester United will not be an easy task. The Red Devils now have a realistic chance of securing a top 4 finish and they arrive at Carrow Road searching for a much needed victory.
Norwich City will have nobody else to blame but themselves if they eventually get relegated to the Championship having squandered quite a few opportunities to secure Premier League survival. The Canaries enjoyed some decent results in the first part of the season and managed to defeating Southampton in the first game of 2016, but little did they know they would go on to lose eight of next nine fixtures. And while goalless draw with Man City followed by back to back wins over West Bromwich and Newcastle United seemed to have turn things around, the Canaries were unable to take that form into the season finale. Having suffered defeats to Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Arsenal in last three games, Norwich City find themselves two points adrift of safety, albeit with a game in hand that will see them host Watford next Wednesday. But, with relegation rivals Newcastle United facing rock bottom Aston Villa, the Canaries will probably be in a very difficult situation unless they can defeat Manchester United.
There have been no fresh injury worries for manager Alex Neill, but he still has some important players missing the season finale.
Namely, Alexander Tettey, Timm Klose, Andre Wisdom and Ryan Bennett are all unavailable through injury at the moment.
What looked like a disappointing season could turn into a relative success, although for that to happen Manchester United need to secure a top 4 finish. Even though such a scenario looked highly unlikely a couple of months back, the Red Devils did well to close the gap behind local rivals Manchester City to just four points, while they also have a game in hand. Man Utd were somewhat unfortunate not to defeat Leicester City last weekend as they produced a very good performance against the new champions, but they can definitely take some positives from that display ahead of the all-important clash at Carrow Road. While many doubted Wayne Rooney would be able to make an instant impact after the lengthy injury lay-off, the England captain quickly proved the doubters wrong and he has excelled in a midfield role, pulling strings for the Red Devils and seriously improving team’s build up play. And with the likes of Rashford, Martial and Lingard all looking good at the moment, Manchester United look a good bet to push Norwich closer to relegation.
Considering all the problems they faced this season, the injury situation looks pretty good at the moment, and Louis van Gaal will pick from an unchanged squad.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Luke Shaw continue to miss out, but there are no other selection worries at the moment.
Key Factors to Consider
- Man Utd won last seven matches vs Norwich (L3)
- The Canaries failed to score in four of their last five meetings
- Norwich won one of last eight home fixtures (D2 L5)
- Man Utd recorded six wins in last eight games
- The Red Devils won three of last four matches on the road
Norwich City are completely out of form at the moment and under huge pressure having slipped to the bottom three and that is something in-form Man Utd will know how to exploit. The return of Wayne Rooney has had a very positive effect on team’s performances, and we are backing the Red Devils to win at Carrow Road.
Verdict: Away win
Best Odds: 10/11