Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(80) 28 Goals 32 (40)
(62) 22 Assists 19 (27)
(7) 7 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.5)
29.7 Average Age 31.5
179.5 Average Height (cm) 183.6
(1.1) 1 Shots pg 1 (0.9)
(53%) 58% Aerial Duel Success 49% (48%)
(0.4) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.4 (0.4)
(1.4) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.1 (1.4)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Darren Fletcher Out 6.89
Phil Jones Out 6.81
Paul Scholes Out 6.51
Robin van Persie Doubtful 7.71
Player Reason Status Rating
John Ruddy Out 6.8
Alexander Tettey Doubtful 6.71
Andrew Surman Doubtful 6.15

Team News

  • Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to rest a number of first team players with the second leg of their Champions League tie with Real Madrid in mind, and after picking up a hip problem last weekend van Persie isn't likely to feature despite being fit to play.
  • The likes of Jones, Scholes and Fletcher are all definitely sidelined and Cleverley and Anderson will hope for a last chance to prove that they should feature in the big game in midweek.
  • Hernandez should lead the line, supported from wide by the likes of Young and Valencia.
  • Alexander Tettey and Andrew Surman both missed the clash with Everton last weekend but should be back in contention for the trip to Old Trafford.
  • Kei Kamara's impact from the bench, netting the equaliser last time out, should see the striker earn a start alongside Holt ahead of Becchio.
  • If Hughton chooses a 4-4-2 line-up once again, Pilkington and Hoolahan are likely to compete for the place on the left wing.


  • Norwich will rightly feel that this is probably the ideal time to play the league leaders, whose minds will no doubt be on the game against Real Madrid in midweek, and while United fielded a full-strength side against Everton prior to the first leg their lead at the top has been stretched since then and Ferguson is likely to rest players.
  • The flip side of that likelihood for the hosts is that a number of players will be attempting to stake a claim to be involved in the big game on Tuesday, and there is no doubt that the manager has faith in his 'fringe' players to do a job.
  • Norwich picked up a great win against Everton last week but for the large majority of the game were outplayed. If they don't start well in this one it's fair to say United won't be as careless in the latter stages as their opponents last weekend.
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