Norwich City v Manchester United: Match Preview

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Norwich City v Manchester United
Premier League
Carrow Road
Sunday, February 26; 13:30

Team news

Norwich are without Daniel Ayala, Marc Tierney and Jonny Howson, but welcome back defender Zak Whitbread.

Wayne Rooney is a doubt are missing the defeat to Ajax with a throat infection.

Tom Cleverley is likely to miss out after injuring his foot in mid-week but, Rio Ferdinand is set to return after being rested for the Europa League.

Ferguson praises Lambert

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has lavished praise on Norwich City, after a fantastic first season back in the Premier League

Paul Lambert’s side are eighth with 13 games remaining, having been the divisions’ surprise package.

And Ferguson says the success mirrors that he achieved during his days at Aberdeen.

"Norwich is an interesting club because they have a full house for every match," said Ferguson.

"It's in a lovely part of the world. They've got their own little empire down there. It's just like when I was at Aberdeen, it feels as though you're cut off from everywhere. Nonetheless they're being very successful with it.

"I think they have probably exceeded everyone’s expectations. In fact, all the teams who were promoted have excelled, particularly Norwich. They’ve not signed a lot of players, they’ve stuck to their normal way of doing things, and although it's difficult to say nowadays, I think they'll be okay [in terms of staying up]."

With the prospect of taking on the Premier League champions, Lambert has heeded caution against a cavalier attitude during the visit of United.

“We have to be careful. You can’t be too gung-ho at the beginning because you could be out of the game before you’re in it,” he said.

“That’s something I don’t want to do. We have to try and impose ourselves on the game, but they can certainly hurt you at any given time.

"I thought we played really, really well that day but if you don’t take your chances against a team like that, you knew what was going to happen because they can create things from absolutely nothing.

“It’s fantastic for our football club that a team of that stature has come here in the first place to play in a competitive game. They’re still one of the best teams in Europe, let alone Britain.

“It’s a great occasion for the Norwich crowd to see Manchester United come down, but we don’t want them to get an easy ride from us. We have to try to win – we need the points ourselves to try to stay in the league.”

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