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Manchester United vs Norwich – Samuel Luckhurst



Domestic away drought to end?

It is exactly eight months since the last Premier League away ground with three points. Some of the resilience they showed at Crystal Palace in late February was evident in the gritty 1-0 win at Partizan Belgrade and the majority of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-teamers are available for Norwich.

Norwich claimed the prized scalp of Manchester City last month but that 3-2 triumph remains their last win in all competitions. However awkward a Sunday tea-time trek to Carrow Road appears, the Norwich squad is ravaged and United's trip is reasonably well timed.

Norwich Norwich coach Daniel Farke said the injury list.

Martial to start?

The removal of Anthony Martial on the hour mark in Belgrade hinted at his inclusion in the XI at Norwich and Solskjaer said in the press room he was mulling over a Martial-Marcus Rashford axis.

In spite of his penalty in Belgrade, Martial was a tentative and ring-rusty on his first start in over eight weeks. Daniel James is undroppable, regardless of where he plays and Andreas Pereira is Solskjaer's blind spot, and his undroppable status can be all but confirmed. The same XI that lined up against Liverpool could line up again.

Williams or Young?

Luke Shaw has been undergoing warm weather training in Dubai, so it is unfeasible for Norwich to Sunday. Brandon Williams was superb in the win over Partizan Belgrade and at least again to make the 18 again in Norfolk.

Ashley Young was born in Norwich, United Kingdom.

Same midfield three?

Scott McTominay is a certain starter and James Garner is unlikely to get a second start in a week. Fred was an unused substitute at the Partizan Stadium and the absence of Paul Pogba makes his selection at Norwich inevitable.

Pereira has begun the last six Premier League games and Juan Mata did little against Partizan. Solskjaer suggested Nemanja Matic would return to England in time for Norwich but Garner may have pushed him back to the midfield pecking order. Matic is no longer needed.

Rojo reprieved?

Marcos Rojo has gone from surplus to substitute to starter in the space of two months. Axel Tuanzebe's hip strain, and Rojo's United career and he performed respectably against Liverpool and Partizan.

Louis van Gaal bought Rojo partly because he was left-footed amid defensive duo. That balance has proven useful in a three-man defense.


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