Norwich City welcome Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United to Carrow Road, with a relatively new own coach with recent success against Saturday’s opponents.
Dean Smith’s last win as Aston Villa boss came at Old Trafford at the end of September. Villa divorced the 50-year-old after losing his subsequent five matches at the helm.
A win for Norwich would make Smith the first manager to win straight Premier League victories over United with two different clubs since Kevin Keegan completed the feat in 2002 – even though six years passed between Newcastle and Manchester City’s triumphs.
Here’s XI Smith can distribute to match Keegan’s performance within six weeks.
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– Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) December 4, 2021
Tim Krul (GK) – Excitingly enough, Norwich’s number one has only kept more zero in the Premier League against Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City than the four he can boast of against Manchester United.
Max Aarons (RB) – At the height of Barcelona’s pursuit of a bachelor’s degree from the Canary Academy, Aaron’s teammates boldly addressed him as Dani Alves during training. The 21-year-old could not be praised away from Carrow Road, but it ended with Barcelona attracting his Brazilian nickname back to Camp Nou.
Grant Hanley (CB) – One of the desperately scarce four goal scorers for Norwich in the Premier League this season – no team in Europe’s top five leagues has registered fewer.
Ben Gibson (CB) – Moved wider when Norwich matched Tottenham’s three-man defense last weekend, Gibson is set to retain his place even if the formation does not.
Dimitris Giannoulis (LB) – Giannoulis, who stepped in for United loanee Brandon Williams, got stuck at half-time when he last met a team from Manchester.
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– Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) November 20, 2021
Kenny McLean (CM) – McLean, as part of Norwich’s final top-tier pitch, has been a constant presence since his half-time introduction failed to stem the tide of Manchester City goals in August.
Mathias Normann (CM) – The only Canarian to have scored a Premier League goal and assist this season has been missed for his work off the ball as much as he can on it.
Billy Gilmour (CM) – Named a future “superstar” by his club and international team-mate McLean, Norwich expect their Chelsea borrowers to realize that potential as they try to get off the table.
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– Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) December 6, 2021
Todd Cantwell (RW) – At this stage of his only second top campaign, Cantwell boasted four goals and two assists – he has yet to get out of the mark for the division’s least goal scorers this semester.
Teemu Pukki (ST) – With five Premier League goals to his name this season, Pukki can match the undefeated result Cristiano Ronaldo has amassed domestically so far.
Christos Tzolis (LW) – One of only two teenagers in a Norwich squad filled with older talent, Tzolis has yet to justify his signing status with a Premier League goal or assist.
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