Manchester United host Norwich City on Saturday as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to get the Red Devils’ Premier League top-four race back on track.
Following dispiriting defeats to Arsenal (League) and Manchester City (Carabao Cup) last week, United need a confidence boost as they seek to close the five-point gap on Chelsea in the fight for Champions League qualification.
United are struggling amid an injury crisis, but so are Norwich. The Canaries should be blunt upfront without Teemu Pukki, so Daniel Farke will likely instruct his side to sit deep.
Much will depend on whether United can score an early goal to control the game and if they do, three points should be in the bag.
Manchester United defender Harry Maguire could make a comeback from the hip problem that caused him to miss the midweek Carabao Cup tie.
Jesse Lingard won’t play after coming off at half-time in that defeat by Manchester City because of illness.
Norwich top scorer Teemu Pukki has been ruled out with a hamstring strain.
Fellow forward Josip Drmic is a major doubt with a thigh problem so Norwich could turn to teenager Adam Idah, who scored an FA Cup hat-trick last week.
Manchester United have won six of the past seven meetings.
United have won eight of their last 10 home league games against Norwich but they did lose 2-1 on the most recent occasion, in 2015.
None of the last 15 meetings in all competitions have ended in a draw.
Manchester United are unbeaten in eight home league games (W4, D4), although they did lose to Manchester City in the EFL Cup at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
United’s tally of 31 points is their lowest after 21 matches of a top-flight season since 1989-90.
They have kept just three clean sheets in their 21 league games this season.
United have been awarded eight Premier League penalties in 2019-20, at least four more than any other team. They have missed half of them.
The Red Devils have conceded seven goals from corners in the league this season – only Aston Villa have fared worse.
Marcus Rashford, who is due to make his 200th appearance for United, has been involved in 16 Premier League goals this season (12 goals, 4 assists), equalling his previous best tally, set last season.
Norwich have won just one of their last 16 league games (D5, L10).
They are winless in eight league matches – despite leading in six of those.
The Canaries have dropped 14 points from winning positions since the start of December.
Daniel Farke’s side have conceded 41 league goals, at least three more than any other top-flight side.
Norwich are the only team yet to recover a single point from a losing position in the Premier League this season, losing all 13 games in which they’ve gone behind.
Emiliano Buendia has created 19 goalscoring opportunities for Teemu Pukki in the Premier League this season, the most by any player for a team-mate.