The Red Devils ran out 3-2 winners over Hull on Boxing Day in an uplifting comeback victory after conceding two early goals.
Norwich meanwhile followed up two draws on the bounce with a home defeat to crisis-ridden Fulham courtesy of Scott Parker’s late strike.
David Moyes men now sit five points adrift of the Champions League spots heading into the weekend’s encounter and with fourth place Liverpool facing a trip to Stamford Bridge and fifth place Everton entertaining tricky guests Southampton, will be keen to keep the momentum flowing in chasing down the pack following a difficult start to the campaign.
Meanwhile, Norwich have slipped to within three points of the relegation zone in taking just two of the last nine points on offer, failing to produce in winnable contests against Swansea, Sunderland and Rene Meulensteen’s Cottagers.
And so with crucial turning points on the line before the new year strikes after the weekend, here are three interesting statistics ahead of Manchester United’s trip to face Norwich.
1) Norwich have won two of their last three in the Premier League against Manchester United at Carrow Road, securing a 1-0 triumph in November 2012 via an Anthony Pilkington strike and emerging victorious to the tune of 2-0 all the way back in April 2005. Sandwiched in between is the Red Devils’ 2-1 victory in February 2012, in which Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs scored on either side of a Grant Holt goal to take the three points.
2) Gary Hooper has struck five goals for the Canaries since joining from Celtic in July, heartily outdoing the one snatched by fellow summer signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who has struggled with fitness injuries and the required adaptation to English football. The Dutchman cost Norwich £5 million more than his fellow striker, having been purchased for £10 million to the £5 million shelled out to bring in Hooper from Parkhead.
3) United have scored 11 goals in their last four encounters across all competitions, sticking three past each of Aston Villa, West Ham and Hull and two against Stoke. Robin van Persie has been absent for each of these games, posted up on the treatment table with a thigh problem, with United having hit a paltry total of two goals in the last four matches the Dutchman appeared in.
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