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Norwich v Man Utd

Carrow Road
Saturday, 9 April
Kick-off: 1715 BST

Norwich's Thomas Helveg is set to come in at right-back for Marc Edworthy and Moroccan Youssef Safri into midfield for Gary Holt.

On-loan Arsenal midfielder David Bentley is fit following some 10 weeks out with a knee injury.

Manchester United have major doubts over Ryan Giggs (hamstring) and Darren Fletcher (knee).

Louis Saha is back in the squad after his reserve-team outing in midweek and could replace Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Norwich (from): Green, Helveg, Fleming, Shackell, Drury, Stuart, Safri, Francis, Huckerby, Ashton, McKenzie, Bentley, Jonson, Edworthy, Charlton, Holt, Henderson, Doherty, McVeigh, Ward.

Man Utd (from): Howard, Carroll, G Neville, P Neville, Brown, Ferdinand, Silvestre, Heinze, O'Shea, Fortune, Ronaldo, Keane, Scholes, van Nistelrooy, Rooney, Saha, Smith, Kleberson, Bellion.

# Norwich's Mattias Jonson:
"There are seven games left and hopefully I can play as much as I want to and score some goals," he said.

"However, the most important thing is that the team start to get some points.

"We really need the points now, and if we can get something from the United game, that would start to put pressure on the other teams."

# Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson:

"Our goals tally is not great - 48 goals is just not good enough for us," said Ferguson.

"We've missed a lot of chances and I can't understand that myself. We missed Ruud (van Nistelrooy) for a long period, but it's an unusual situation.

"Hopefully we can end that before the season is out and do what we're normally so good at - scoring goals."

BIG-MATCH FACTS

# NORWICH CITY welcome Manchester United to Carrow Road for their 50th League meeting, sitting six points adrift at the foot of the table, and seemingly heading for an immediate return to the second tier of English League football. It would be the 17th time a club had been relegated after just one season in the Premiership, and the Canaries would become the fifth club to suffer such a fate having previously been promoted as champions. Crystal Palace were the first in 1994/95, then Sunderland 96/97, Bolton 97/98 and Nottingham Forest 98/99.

# Nigel Worthington's side go into this Saturday teatime fixture battling to avoid a sixth successive defeat, having lost 11 of their 14 League games since the Saturday before Christmas, and won just one of them. The Norfolk club have won only three times so far. When Sunderland went down with a record lowest points tally ever in the Premiership of 19 points the season before last, they won four matches. The next game after this is a critical six-pointer away to Crystal Palace on 16 April.

# The Canaries have lost their last four League and Cup games against United and 11 of the last 13. Their most recent League victory against them was 2-0 in the top flight at Carrow Road on 21 January 1990.

# MANCHESTER UNITED played out a goalless draw for the second time in three Premiership outings, when held at home by Mark Hughes' Blackburn Rovers last weekend, and duly slipped from second spot for the first time since 22 January. The title is all but out of their grasp, unless United take maximum points from the seven remaining matches and Chelsea only a point a game from their final seven.

# Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is now concentrating on finishing runners-up, and will be expecting all three points from his sides' 500th Premier League match. Sir Alex has been charge not only for the period covering the entire Premiership era, but for six seasons prior to that. The Red Devils trail Arsenal on a goal difference of eight and must still go to Everton, Charlton and Southampton and entertain Newcastle, West Brom and Chelsea. The Gunners - fellow FA Cup semi-finalists - still have to visit Middlesbrough (this weekend), Chelsea, West Brom and Birmingham, and host Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton. The Old Trafford club are on a 20-match unbeaten League run, having claimed 50 points from a possible 60 since suffering only their second defeat of the League campaign at Portsmouth on 30 October.

# The Red Devils are pursuing a sixth consecutive League victory at Carrow Road. They've kept clean sheets in their last three League and Cup visits, and conceded only one Premiership goal in Norfolk. Goals from David Bellion and Alan Smith gave United their first League win of the season in the reverse fixture in August. They're on target for a third Premiership 'double' over Norwich and 10th over them since League hostilities began in 1934.

Referee:
Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)

SEQUENCES/RECENT FORM

NORWICH CITY
Club stats
Fixtures
20th 20 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games:
Close gap at the foot to three points
Lowest could fall:
Remain six points adrift, six points adrift

# Lost the last five.
# Pressing for a first win in six Premiership games.
# Gained no points from a last possible 15, by virtue of successive defeats against Blackburn (3-0 a), Manchester City (2-3 h), Chelsea (1-3 h), Bolton (1-0 a), and Arsenal (4-1 a).
# Won one of the last 15 League and Cup games.
# Claimed one maximum from the last 14 Premiership outings (3-2 home to West Brom on 5 February).
# Gained five points from a last possible 42.
# Drawn 11 top League encounters. Only Blackburn, Southampton and West Brom have finished level more often (12 games each).
# Won fewer Premiership matches than any other club - three (v Southampton h, Bolton h and West Brom h).
# Not enjoyed a League victory by more than a single goal since their last game of last season at Crewe.
# Most recently enjoyed a Premier League victory by more than a single goal on 20 March 1995 (3-0, home to Ipswich).
# Lost 17 times this season in the top division. No other club has lost more, with the exception of Crystal Palace, who have also been beaten 17 times.
# Dropped more Premiership points than any other club (73).
# Conceded more goals in the highest League than any other club (63). That's one every 44 minutes on average.
# Gone 24 League and Cup games without keeping a clean sheet.
# Completed 22 League games without managing a shut-out - the longest such sequence in the Premiership.
# Kept only three clean sheets in this League campaign - fewer than any other club in the top division. All three matches ended in goalless draws (v Spurs a, Villa h and WBA a).
# Bottom but one in the Premiership's "Last Six Current Form" table with three points from the last possible 18. Portsmouth have one point.
# Opened the scoring in fewer matches than any other club at the highest League level. Taken the lead from the kick off in a mere five games - drawn four and lost one.
# Failed to score in 13 top tier encounters, drawing three and losing 10. Only Blackburn have fired more blanks in Premiership games (15).
# Conceded the opener on 23 occasions - more often than any other club in Premiership competition. Three of the 23 were won (v Southampton, Bolton and West Brom - all home), with four drawn and 16 lost.
# Only nine of their 30 Premiership goals have been scored in the first half.
# Gained more points from matches in which they were behind than any other club in the Premiership. Fought back from being in deficit to effectively secure 14 points with three wins and five draws.

# Won only one of six home League games since Boxing Day.
# Weakest club at home in the Premiership. Only 14 points have been gained from 15 games at Carrow Road.
# Won three top tier games in Norfolk at Carrow Road - fewer home victories than any other club.
# Conceded 31 home League goals - seven more than Newcastle - the second in the list.
# Kept only one home clean sheet at the highest level (0-0 v Aston Villa).

MANCHESTER UNITED
Club stats
Fixtures
3rd 67 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 2nd
Lowest could fall: 3rd

# Unbeaten in 20 League outings.
# Won 15 and drawn five since losing 2-0 at Portsmouth on 30 October.
# Won 19 Premiership matches. Only Chelsea (25) and Arsenal (20) have won more.
# Lost only twice in the top division (both away to Chelsea and Portsmouth). Only Chelsea, with one defeat, have lost less often.
# Conceded 17 top flight goals. Only Chelsea have shipped fewer - 11.
# Kept 18 clean sheets at the top League level. Only Chelsea have managed more (22).
# Not lost a top flight game this season in which they've opened the scoring. Won 18 and drawn two of the 20.
# Scored 13 goals in the last 15 minutes of Premiership games this term, making them the second most dangerous side in the last quarter-hour of top flight matches behind Chelsea, who've netted 14 times in the last quarter-hour.
# Played more League and Cup games than any other top flight club this season (52).
# Their 31 League games have yielded 65 goals (48 for, 17 against). Only Blackburn have a lower such tally (62).
# Third of the Premiership's "Last Six Current Form" table with 14 points from the possible 18 - behind Arsenal and Chelsea, who both have 16 points.

# Unbeaten in nine away Premiership games.
# Won seven and drawn two League games on the road since losing 2-0 at Portsmouth on 30 October.
# Won 29 away points. Only Chelsea (41) and Arsenal (32) have picked up more on their Premiership travels.
# Lost only twice on the road in the uppermost League. Chelsea have lost once away from home.
# Conceded 10 goals on their League travels, three more than Chelsea - the only club to have shipped fewer away from home.

KEY PLAYER NOTES/POTENTIAL MILESTONES

NORWICH CITY
Squad profiles

# If on the field at kick off, Gary HOLT will be making his 300th career League start.
# Craig FLEMING is the only remaining player, who has participated in every minute of every one of Norwich's Premiership games this season.
# Phil MULRYNE started his professional career with Manchester United.

MANCHESTER UNITED
Squad profiles

# While Ryan GIGGS, Christiano RONALDO, Paul SCHOLES and Mikael SILVESTRE have each figured in 28 of United's 31 Premiership games this season, SILVESTRE has played the most number of Premiership minutes.
# Wayne ROONEY is United's top Premiership scorer with nine goals.
# If on the field at kick off, Quinton FORTUNE will be making his 50th Premiership start for the Red Devils.
# If he plays, John O'SHEA will be making his 150th appearance for the Old Trafford club.

THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE:
Manchester United 2-1 Norwich City
21 August 2004 - Ref: Neale Barry
Man United scorers: Bellion 32, Smith 50
Norwich scorer: McVeigh 75

HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: Norwich 9 wins, Man United 28, Draws 12
Prem: Norwich 0 wins, Man United 6, Draws 1

HEAD TO HEAD at Norwich
League: Norwich 6 wins, Man United 12, Draws 6
Prem: Norwich 0 wins, Man United 3, Draws 0
 

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Are Norwich already down?

Many think so. Will Delia give another rousing speech? God I think we all hope not :D

Man U should be to good for Norwich, 3-1 to Utd, with the Canaries scoring a late consolation.
 

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congrats, best entertainment i've had in weeks, it was easy in the end. :thumbsup:

Delia deserved it, she is a drunken ol cow, but she's a loveable drunken ol cow, bet she hits the sherry tonight :D
 

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Great result (fantastic second goal). Stu' hopefully that quote will still hold strong :nervous: :D

I fear with the goal difference a problem, Norwich will have to fight for their lives; but hopefully they perform with as much energy as they did yesterday. I think United may have underestimated them and they were punished.

Ashton is starting to look like a good buy, can't believe he's under 21 (they must mature quicker up North :D).

And great to see dear Delia amongst the crowds. She'll have a monster hangover this morning no doubt.
 
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