Man United vs Norwich City Reddit Score 16/04/2022
Manchester United will be bidding to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they welcome basement side Norwich City to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. The Red Devils are currently seventh in the table, six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, while Norwich sit bottom, seven points behind 17th-placed Everton, who have a game in hand. Man United’s hopes of claiming a top-four finish in the Premier League this season suffered a huge blow last weekend when they lost 1-0 at struggling Everton, with the result leaving them in seventh spot in the division, six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham on the same number of matches (31).
The Manchester United vs Norwich live stream will see the Red Devils look to bounce back after a demoralizing defeat against Everton. Meanwhile, the Canaries are flying high after beating Burnley. Manchester United come into this game under a cloud of negativity. One of the club’s biggest fan groups, The 1958 Group, is calling on supporters to protest outside the stadium before this match. The reports this week that the club may have found its next manager in current Ajax boss Erik ten Hag are welcome, but have done little to turn the tide of toxicity that is sweeping across Old Trafford.
Last week’s abysmal defeat to relegation-strugglers Everton was the final straw for many United fans. While the stats may suggest that the away side was unlucky to leave Goodison Park with nothing, Manchester United’s squad of supposed superstars could barely string a few passes together and never really looked like scoring. It was a horrific performance, one that could prove extremely damaging to the club’s chances of securing Champions League football next season.
Meanwhile, Norwich enjoyed an unexpected win against Burnley. The East Anglian side are still seven points from safety and likely too far gone to mount a serious survival bid, but the Carrow Road crowd appreciated the Canaries’ battling performance nevertheless. A deflected goal in the first 10 minutes from Pierre Lees-Melou was followed by a Teemu Pukki strike five minutes from time, sealing a rare three points for the side that has spent practically the whole season in the relegation zone.
Norwich will come to Old Trafford with a freedom that Manchester United lack. While the home side is likely to endure groans and grumbles from the crowd after every misplaced pass or defense error, Norwich can just enjoy the occasion knowing that the pressure isn’t on them in this fixture. A home win is still very much the most likely outcome, but stranger things have happened in football.
The reverse fixture back in December finished 0-1 to Manchester United after a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty. It was a scoreline that actually felt quite unfair on Norwich given the balance of play. The Red Devils badly need a similar result here; it doesn’t necessarily have to be pretty, they just need to take all three points. Can Manchester United get that much-needed victory to keep the fans onside? Will Norwich pull off a Premier League upset? Find out by watching a Manchester United vs Norwich live stream, which we’ll show you how to do below.
Ralf Rangnick’s side will also need to finish above Arsenal and West Ham United if they are to claim a top-four position, while they are only two points clear of eighth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers, so it is not impossible to imagine them missing out on European football altogether for next season. Erik ten Hag is expected to soon be announced as the team’s new head coach, but Rangnick has an important job to do between now and the end of the campaign, and it would be a disaster for the 20-time English champions if they were unable to return to winning ways against the team bottom of the league.
Man United will take on Liverpool, Arsenal, Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea and Crystal Palace in their final six matches of the season, and a win on Saturday could act as a springboard for the rest of the campaign, but they have dropped points in half of their 16 league matches at Old Trafford this term. The Red Devils have won their last five matches against Norwich in all competitions, including a 1-0 success at Carrow Road earlier this season, with a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty deciding what was a close match, while they beat the Canaries 4-0 at Old Trafford in January 2020.
Norwich, as mentioned, are bottom of the division on 21 points, but they have crucially not been cut adrift at this stage of the campaign and can still make a fight of avoiding relegation back to the Championship. Dean Smith’s side recorded a huge 2-0 win over Burnley last weekend to make it four points from their last two Premier League matches, but they are still seven points behind 17th-placed Everton, who have a game in hand, so it is going to take something special to escape the relegation zone.
Finding the back of the net has been a real problem for the Canaries this term, having struck just 20 times in their 31 Premier League matches, with nine of those coming from Teemu Pukki, who has once again been relied on too heavily to contribute goals during the 2021-22 campaign. Norwich have a huge game at home to Newcastle United next weekend, while they will also take on Aston Villa, West Ham, Leicester City, Wolves and Tottenham before the end of the season, and there will have to be a lot of victories in there to stand a chance of remaining in the top flight.
Smith’s team have the second-worst away record in the Premier League this season, picking up just nine points from their 15 matches on their travels, but Man United’s recent performances have largely been poor, and the visitors can take encouragement from the struggles of their opponent this weekend. Man United will again definitely be without the services of Edinson Cavani and Luke Shaw through injury, while Mason Greenwood remains suspended by the Red Devils. The home team are also without Raphael Varane, Fred and Scott McTominay against the Canaries, so Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba are in line for starts.
Alex Telles will continue at left-back in Shaw’s absence, but there could be a change at right-back, with Diogo Dalot potentially replacing Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while Anthony Elanga could come in for Marcus Rashford. Ronaldo suffered a nasty cut to his shin during the defeat to Everton last weekend, but the Portugal international has trained this week and is fit to lead the line for the home side. As for Norwich, Adam Idah, Ozan Kabak, Joshua Sargent and Andrew Omobamidele are all definitely out of the match through injury, while Brandon Williams is ineligible against his parent club.
Billy Gilmour and Przemyslaw Placheta are also minor doubts for the visitors despite returning to training, so it would not be a surprise to see Smith name an unchanged side from the one that took to the field against Burnley. That said, Max Aarons was on the bench against Burnley after recovering from injury, so the 22-year-old could come back in at right-back, but Pukki should again lead the line with support from Pierre Lees Melou, Milot Rashica and Kieran Dowell.