Arsenal star: 'Laughable! Watch United suddenly play for Giggs'

Olt Trafford Outside

Former Arsenal midfielder believes Manchester United playing staff will suddenly play out of their skin for new boss against Norwich City.

"This game could be laughable," said ex Arsenal league winner and current Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson when previewing Manchester United's Old Trafford match against Norwich City.

When it comes to shared history, United are unbeaten in their last six Premier League home games against Norwich City, with the Canaries leaving Stretford with just a solitary point. Norwich also suffer from travel sickness and have collected the least amount of points (eight) than all 20 participants of the division this season.

The woeful form does not stop there for Neil Adams as he looks to overturn winless momentum - they have drawn two and lost seven in their last nine. Part of that may be down to the wastefulness in front of goal from the players as just 8.7% of their combined shots have hit the target this season - the worst ratio in the league.

There is only one key fact that analysts are looking at ahead of the Saturday afternoon kick-off - and that is that this is Ryan Giggs' first game in charge of United following the termination of erstwhile boss David Moyes' contract.

"Just watch the Man United players start playing now Ryan Giggs is in charge," commented Merson.

"If David Moyes was in charge I probably would have tipped a 2-1 win for them - but not with any confidence - but now I'm going for 4-0.

"The players had just stopped playing for him," he said. "If you'd fallen off the moon during the Everton game and I told you that this was a team that had dominated English football for the last 20 years you'd have laughed at me.

"On Saturday they will be flying all over the pitch and the contrast will be laughable. For Norwich it's all about timing. This is very bad timing for them - and they will just hope Chelsea and Arsenal don't have anything to play for when they play them. It could be a bad time to play these teams, but it could end up being a good time.

"This is bad timing for them, though."

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch