Date: 26th February 2012 at 4:12am
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Rio- should be back to face Norwich

Rio- should be back to face Norwich

Sunday sees United returning to Premiership action by taking the trip down to East Anglia to play Norwich City in their 26th match of the season.

After a below par performance in the Europa League against Ajax Amsterdam on Thursday, Sir Alex will be hoping he’s responsible for a victory with his team selection this time around, and keeping the heat on top-of-the-league Manchester City.

Team News

Rio Ferdinand should return for the reds after being rested for the Ajax game, but Wayne Rooney is still a doubt. Tom Cleverley injured his foot in the game against the Dutch giants, and could miss the trip to Carrow Road.

Sir Alex may also pick Ryan Giggs for this one, in a game which would see him make his 900th first team appearance for the reds.

Norwich welcome back Zak Whitbread to their side, who is available again after a two-game absence with a hamstring injury.

Manager Paul Lambert has a few players out – Daniel Ayala, Marc Tierney and Jonny Howson are definitely out.

United have been pretty good in the league recently.  They’ve picked up 13 points from the last possible 15, in a run which has seen them beat Liverpool and Arsenal, and with United beating Norwich in five of their last six meetings, the omens look positive for the reds.

However, for a team tipped by many to go straight back down this season, Norwich City have been performing well this term.  They’ve only lost once in their last seven league games and they’ve only lost three games at Carrow Road this season.  Grant Holt is their proficient marksman, weighing in with nine goals so far, and Paul Lambert has introduced a style of play to Norwich which sees them be pleasing to the eye, and successful with it too.

With that in mind it might not be plain sailing for the reds on Sunday and, as ever, our opponents will want to beat us more than anyone.

So, with 13 games left of the Premier League season, United need to keep taking maximum points for matches to gradually over take top spot, in time for May.  All the games will be toughies, but this one is a game that should keep us within two points of Man City in the race for the title.

Wherever you’re watching it – enjoy the game.

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