The 2019-20 FA Cup season resumes on Saturday after a break of almost four months, with Norwich City welcoming Manchester United to Carrow Road in the first quarter-final. The Canaries are battling relegation in the Premier League but overcame Tottenham Hotspur in the last round, when United cruised past Derby County.
FA CUP: Manchester United XI vs Norwich Preview: Team news predicted lineup Opta stat head to head
Manchester United, on the other hand, beat Championship side Derby County in the last round. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are enjoying a good run of form, beating Sheffield United 3-0 yesterday. Anthony Martial scored a hat-trick, becoming the first player to score a hat-trick for Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
Teemu Pukki could be recalled after his surprise omission from the start against Everton and Marco Stiepermann could play for the first time since being cleared of having Covid-19.
Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann and Sam Byram are all out for the remainder of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested that he will make changes to the United side that beat Sheffield United 3-0 in their Premier League. Jesse Lingard has recovered after missing the Sheffield United match through illness and is in line for a start whilst Solskjaer may decide to rest Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.
Brandon Williams, Eric Bailly, Sergio Romero, Andreas Pereira, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard could all come back into the side, while injury doubts Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe could also be in contention.
Norwich do not have quite as many options for rotation and may even be close to the point of prioritising FA Cup glory over the unlikely scenario of Premier League survival.
The likes of Emiliano Buendia, Teemu Pukki, and Todd Cantwell – arguably their three best players this season – were benched against Everton and could therefore start this match.
The Canaries are still without injured trio Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann and Sam Byram, all of whom will miss the remainder of the campaign to leave Farke with very limited rotation options in defence.
Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are still the only players unavailable through injury.
- Norwich and Man Utd last met in the FA Cup in the fourth round in 1993-94, with the Red Devils winning 2-0 at Carrow Road, going on to win the trophy that season.
- Manchester United have won 10 of their last 12 away games at Norwich in all competitions (L2), winning each of their last three including a 3-1 victory earlier this season in the Premier League.
- Norwich City are participating in their first FA Cup quarter-final since the 1991-92 campaign, when they eliminated Southampton after a replay to reach the semi-final.
- Manchester United are participating in the FA Cup quarter-final for a sixth consecutive season, although they’ve only progressed to the semi-final in two of the previous five seasons, going out at this stage last season via a 2-1 away defeat at Wolves.
- Norwich are winless in their last seven home FA Cup matches (D3 L4) since a 4-1 win against Burnley back in January 2012.
- Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in all four FA Cup matches this season, last keeping five in a row in the competition between April 2004 and March 2005 (seven consecutively).
- Norwich manager Daniel Farke hasn’t managed in a cup quarter-final since February 2013, when he took charge of SV Lippstadt in the German Westphalia Cup; they won 3-1 against TuS Dornberg.
- Since his FA Cup debut in February 2016, Man Utd goalkeeper Sergio Romero has kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the competition (12), conceding just four goals in 16 appearances and conceding a goal, on average, every 358 minutes.
Head to Head: Norwich City Vs Manchester United Fa Cup
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Man Utd FA Cup form: DWWW
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Predicted LineUp: Norwich City Vs Manchester United Fa Cup
Norwich possible starting lineup:
Krul; Aarons, Godfrey, Klose, Lewis; Trybull, Vrancic; Buendia, Stiepermann, Cantwell; Pukki
Man Utd possible starting lineup:
Romero; Dalot, Bailly, Maguire, Williams; McTominay, Fred; Mata, Lingard, Greenwood; Ighalo
Here’s the full list of fixtures, and the live TV schedule in the UK…
FA Cup -Fixtures
- Quarter-finals: June 27/28
- Semi-finals: July 18/19
- Final: August 1
SATURDAY 27 JUNE
Norwich City v UNITED (17:30 BST) BBC One
SUNDAY 28 JUNE
Sheffield United v Arsenal (13:00 BST) BT Sport
Leicester City v Chelsea (16:00 BST) BT Sport
Newcastle United v Manchester City (18:30 BST) BBC One