Norwich City vs Manchester United
|Date & Time||Saturday December 19, 2015, 10:00 AM (EST)|
The Line: Manchester United Draw Norwich City
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With Manchester United needing a win badly a home match up was needed and on Saturday their opponents Norwich City come to Old Trafford to face a Red Devils team decimated by injury. There is alot of pressure on Anthony Martial, Mata and Depay but without Rooney, Schwiensteiger, Jones, Smalling someone needs to step up and be a leader. I think that Mata could be the man if United can get Herrerra back on the pitch as well. Mata can be the key with his passing and vision but he needs more movement from the midfield and that simply isnt going to come from Fellaini. Manchester United cant afford another slip up as the teams are gathering below them in the table ready to pounce on any mistakes, if Van Gaal is not careful he will find himseld out of the top four and having to chase it, not an enviable position to be in with so many teams chasing that Champions League spot.
Norwich City come into this game having lost their last five away games and this is not an easy trip considering that Manchester United are unbeaten at home and have won four of their seven home games this season. Norwich plaayed well in the second half against Everton last weekend but were completely hopeless in the first half. Robbie Brady a former Manchester United youth player will look to make a mark on his return to his former club and he has been one of Norwich's best players this season. Jerome, Brady, Hoolohan and Redmond can all cause United problems especially since United's injuries have meant alot of young players in the line up. Norwich manager Alex Neil will look to keep things tight at the back and try to hit Man Utd on the counter.
Tough game to call here, while United are understandable favourites at home they have nine players injured from the first eleven, that's just too many players to be missing and is impossible for any club to deal with that type of loss. I couldnt take Norwich straight up but taking Norwich +2 on the handicap looks the smart play here. I think that Manchester United might sneak this one but it should be a tight game start to finish and I would not be surprised by another 0-0 at Old Trafford.