Quotes, team news and prediction ahead of the Premier league clash between Manchester United and Norwich.
What the managers are saying:
Ryan Giggs, Manchester United – “I’m proud, happy, a little bit nervous, but just like I am as a player, I can’t wait for the game on Saturday. I can’t wait for 5.30 tomorrow when we walk out at Old Trafford. I know the place will be rocking. I’ve told the players ‘I trust you and I know what you’re capable of. Go out there and show it’.
Neil Adams, Norwich Manager – “Ryan Giggs has been a huge fan’s favourite at Manchester United. He’s one of the best players the club has ever had. Naturally there’s going to be a reaction to that. (But) we’re going to Old Trafford thinking of ways of how to hurt Manchester United.”
What the players are saying:
Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt – We’ve got some amazing players at this club, good lads who care about the club, who are really positive about United and want the best for the club. Saturday is a massive occasion, not only for Ryan, but for the staff, the fans and the players as well because they know that we’ve underachieved as a club this year. The players in that changing room know how good they are. They look round, look left and look right at the players next to them and know that they are very proud, hard-working lads. I’m sure we’ll see that on Saturday.”
Norwich defender Steven Whittaker – “I think there’s been a big change the way we’re playing, the positive approach that we’ve got and he’s got is rubbing off on the boys and hopefully we can get the results. We’ve done well in the two games he’s been in charge of so far, but the results haven’t quite matched the performances, so that’s something we’re looking to improve on.
Manchester United v Norwich Team News:
Giggs will need to make late decisions on Robin Van Persie, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Rafael ahead of his first game, with the quartet all suffering with injury.
Elliott Bennett returns for the Canaries after a knee injury however defender Joseph Yobo misses out meaning that Russell Martin and Michael Turner will continue in the centre of defence.
Manchester United will head into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Everton, their second defeat in their last five games and 11th of the season. Six of those defeats have come at home however the appointment of Giggs should help address that especially against a Norwich side without a win away in their last nine games. Adams side put up a spirited performance in the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool last time out and another strong display could make life difficult for Giggs and his charges.