Putting in what was a season-worst display in the Manchester derby on Tuesday night, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are desperately looking for a bounce-back when United welcome Norwich to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
Hit with a 3-1 defeat in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final in midweek, the former champions have failed to win any of their last three contests and their top-four deficit has once again been extended to five points.
On the flip side, while Norwich might still find themselves as a leading contender to be hit with an immediate Championship return this year, the mood around Carrow Road does appear to be at a high.
Putting four past Championship play-off hopefuls Preston and booking their spot in the fourth round of this year’s FA Cup, the Yellows have played out back-to-back Premier League draws in their last two matchups against Crystal Palace and Tottenham.
However, with United picking up a 3-1 win when they made the trip to East Anglia back in October, you might be interested to know that an identical scoreline can be found at 11/1 with Bet365.
Where next for Solskjaer?
Hit with a 3-1 loss against their bitter rivals at Old Trafford in midweek and having their first-half display branded as their worst 45 minutes of football so far this season, the pressure is really starting to mount on Head Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Since being appointed permanent boss the Norwegian icon holds a win percentage of just 27% and the more vocal sections around Old Trafford are calling on the 46-year-old to be removed from his position.
You might be interested to know that Solskjaer is now the leading contender with the bookmakers to be the next manager given the boot and can be found priced at 9/4 with Ladbrokes.
Failing to win any of their last three matches against Premier League opposition and once again seen as a huge underdog to make a top-four return this year, Saturday’s hosts have also been hit with some worrying injury news ahead of this weekend.
Solskjaer has confirmed that key defender Harry Maguire will miss Norwich’s arrival due to an injury that he picked up in their 0-0 FA Cup draw away at Wolves last weekend.
A tale of two halves for Norwich
Putting in another impressive attacking display by putting four past Championship outfit Preston last weekend, Norwich have continued to show their resilience even if they’re fighting a battle at the foot of the table.
While the Canaries might open the New Year sat seven points adrift of safety and priced as high as 11/2 with Paddy Power to extend their Premier League status, Daniel Farke’s men should still be boosted by their 2-2 draw against top-four hopefuls Tottenham last month.
Although leading marksman Teemu Pukki might be doing an eye-catching job of leading Norwich’s line, fans in East Anglia have seen their side continue to show some worrying gaps at the back.
Shipping a pair of goals away at Deepdale last weekend, no team in England’s top-flight have shipped more than Norwich’s 41 strikes this season.
Also conceding at least a pair of goals in six of their last nine appearances, Farke’s side are priced at 4/11 with Coral to suffer a similar fate this weekend and once again ship over 1.5 goals.