Manchester United vs. Norwich City: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
There's a good chance Manchester United already have one eye on their midweek Champions League clash with Real Madrid. The Red Devils cannot lose focus on Norwich City, however, as they attempt to move one step closer to the Premier League title.
United currently lead rival Manchester City by 12 points with 11 matches left in the season. That's a comfortable edge, but they still cannot allow a club like Norwich to walk away from Old Trafford with a win. They must bear down and finish the job.
The Canaries are coming off a thrilling comeback victory over Everton. They struck twice in the dying minutes of the match to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 triumph. The midtable club hopes it will give them some momentum heading into Saturday's clash.
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Here's a look at all the key viewing information for the match, followed by players to watch for both clubs and a prediction.
Where: Old Trafford in Greater Manchester, England
When: Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. ET
Watch: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Manchester United Player to Watch: David de Gea
The speculation during the January transfer window about United potentially seeking a goalkeeper to replace De Gea seems to have motivated the Spaniard. His form has improved and it's helped United pull away in the title chase.
De Gea's talent has never been in question. He has the tools to become one of the best keepers in the world. However, since his arrival at United, he's struggled to maintain top form for an extended period of time. A lot of strong play is mixed with some uninspiring starts.
Those lackluster performances are starting to become less common. He hasn't allowed more than one goal since an early January clash with West Ham, which includes a terrific showing to keep Madrid to just one tally in the first leg of the UCL matchup.
When De Gea is playing well, it makes United exponentially more dangerous by eliminating a possible weakness. He's definitely provided a boost recently, and the Red Devils hope it continues with a busy week ahead.
Norwich City Player to Watch: Grant Holt
Holt scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to secure all three points for Norwich against Everton last weekend. Not only did it provide a dramatic finish, but it brought an eight-match goal drought to an end for the veteran.
Even though the 31-year-old striker hasn't been scoring at his usual rate, his five league tallies are still enough to lead the club. He will have to lead the charge if the Canaries have any hope of pulling off the upset on Saturday.
The one thing Holt always provides is effort. He's never been the fastest or most dynamic player on a Premier League pitch, but his willingness to work offsets the athletic edge other players may have. It's also why he makes a good captain.
Depending on the lineup Sir Alex Ferguson decides to go with as he prepares for Madrid, Norwich will be either a major or moderate underdog. If Holt can build off his performance from last week, they have a chance to steal a point.
Who should start for United on Saturday?
Matchup to Watch: Javier Hernandez vs. Canaries' back line
Robin van Persie has been deemed fit to play, according to the club's official site. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Hernandez get plenty of time on the pitch on Saturday, though, whether it be as a starter or as a substitute to ensure United's leading scorer doesn't suffer any setbacks.
"Chicharito" ranks third on the team with eight goals in EPL play but hasn't found the net in a league match since the first day of the new year. Getting him more involved so he can get in form for the stretch run is key.
The Red Devils face a tricky test because of the improved play of Norwich's back line. The club has allowed just one goal over its last three matches and figure to maintain that defensive focus against United, because they don't have enough offensive depth to keep pace.
Manchester United 3, Norwich City 1
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