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Five Manchester United players who desperately need a start v Norwich

David Moyes has an interesting selection dilemma when he picks his Manchester United side for midweek.

Here are five players with a lack of match action who desperately need games for their fitness and the sake of their careers. 


Gone are the days Anderson was viewed as one of the world's top young talents, now instead of reaching his peak he is merely a bit-part player trying to revive his career. The 25-year-old has not made an appearance for the club since their 2-1 defeat at home to West Brom and this game against Norwich could be one of his final opportunities to ingratiate himself into manager David Moyes' good books.

Ashley Young

Speaking of the doghouse, Ashley Young found himself sidelined for a whole month as punishment for his abysmal display in the Manchester derby defeat. Young came on off the bench against Real Sociedad last week and looked to have moderately improved, he will have to show further signs against Norwich if selected and not take a regressive step.

Alexander Buttner

Left-back Alex Buttner has played the 90 minutes just once this season, in the 1-0 League Cup win over Liverpool. With Patrice Evra likely to be rested, this competition presents once again his best chance to impress. The Dutchman almost left on loan in the summer, and with rumours re-emerging of United's interest in Leighton Baines, he will want to put in a positive showing.

Javier Hernandez

Chicharito bagged his first Premier League goal of the season at the weekend, and surely deserves another opportunity to generate a run of good form. He scored the winner in the last round against Liverpool, but since then has only made one league start. With crucial international fixtures for him coming up, Hernandez also has extra reason for wanting to reach peak condition.

Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha has been Mancheter United's missing man this season, and this could be his opportunity to show David Moyes he has actually been the missing link. Zaha's form was encouraging in pre-season, so his constant omission has been bemusing, especially considering how he has shone for England's under-21s when called upon. For his sake we hope he is not left out again, as surely he deserves a chance to show what he can do after his big move, and display why United should keep him and not send him on loan in January.

Which of the five should start against Norwich?

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