Manchester United need to recover from the embarrassment of their last two games when they host Norwich on Saturday.
Following their exit from the Champions League at Wolfsburg, they were beaten in the League by Bournemouth in a hopeless display.
Louis Van Gaal’s side have struggled with injuries this season and were forced into making a number of changes for the Bournemouth game. However, a club with the resources of Manchester United should have the depth to overcome Bournemouth in a routine manner.
The Reds have not won in five games in The Premier League and Champions League since the 21st of November, drawing three and losing two.
They are six points off the top of the table which isn’t a huge gap considering they have only won two of their last eight league games. The other teams around them have been unable to capitalise on this failure with the exception of Leicester.
Van Gaal must be thinking that his team still have a real chance of winning the Premier League. Six points isn’t a huge margin to overcome and it is expected that Leicestershire fine form will dip at some point in the second half of the season.
They need to start scoring more goals though if they are going to compete. Fans must be looking at Javier Hernandez’s Bundesliga form and rueing his departure. Juan Mata is the club’s leading league goal scorer with four which says it all about their lack of goals.
Norwich come into this game after a useful draw with Everton however they need to find some consistency. They are currently in the relegation zone and a lack of goals is their main issue as well.
They have managed to score just five in their last eight games and will be in serious trouble if they don’t start scoring soon. Their leading scorer Nathan Redmond is also on four.
This is a fixture that Manchester United have dominated in recent years. They have won six of the last seven meetings with Norwich. They are rightly the favourites for this one too but as we have seen in this topsy turvy season, anything can happen.
Manchester United are still without a number of players. Jesse Lingard and Paddy McNair are the latest casualties, they both picked up injuries in the Bournemouth defeat. They join Darmian, Rojo, Smalling, Valencia and Shaw on the injury list.
Wayne Rooney is still a doubt but there is a chance the captain could return for this fixture. He has missed the last three games with an ankle injury and wasn’t expected to return until after Christmas but there is a chance he may be fit enough to face Norwich.
Rooney’s return can’t come soon enough for Manchester United in their pursuit of goals.
Norwich City are without the injured duo Matt Jarvis and Andre Wisdom.
Probable Manchester United XI: De Gea, Varela, Jones, Blind, Borthwick Jackson, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Herrera, Memphis, Mata, Martial