How Manchester United Will Line Up Against Norwich City

Scott RomFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2014

How Manchester United Will Line Up Against Norwich City

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    Jon Super

    Ryan Giggs will want to show Manchester United that he has something to offer the club in these remaining four games, despite knowing he has little to no chance of taking on the role as manager permanently for next season. But he will have his eye on the position in future years no doubt.

    United fans would probably be keen to see him start the young players and the homegrown players from the squad, and whilst Giggs may be tempted, he is more likely to let his head rule over his heart and pick the strongest team he possibly can.

    However, with reports of a rift between Giggs and David Moyes, will he be tempted to play people who have been left out in the cold by the former manager?

    This season, 10 teams have collected more points at home than United, so Giggs will be doing all he can to ensure that his team get a victory over Norwich this weekend.

    So, which players will he start with?

De Gea in Goal

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    There's no other realistic option but David de Gea in goal for Manchester United, given he is one of the few players who has performed this season.

    He will be wanting to end the season strongly and book his place on the plane to Rio with the Spain squad.

Buttner and Smalling to Fill in at Full-Back

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    Rafael da Silva and Patrice Evra would be the first choice full-backs for this game but it doesn't appear as though either will be fit, with the Brazilian out with a hamstring injury and the vice-captain struggling with a knee injury.

    Chris Smalling and Alexander Buttner are likely to fill in for them, as they have done whenever the first-choice defenders have been unavailable. 

Evans and Jones in Defence

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    Nemanja Vidic only has a few games left as Manchester United captain and his experience is always invaluable, but Giggs should be giving the next generation of defenders as much time on the pitch as possible.

    Phil Jones and Jonny Evans are tipped to be the replacements for Vidic and Rio Ferdinand next season, so with essentially nothing left to play for, they should be given another opportunity to play together.

    Ferdinand reportedly wasn't Moyes' biggest fan, per Danny Griffiths of Metro, so maybe Giggs will opt to give the veteran defender a rare start on Saturday.

Fletcher and Carrick in Midfield

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    Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher are the best available central midfielders and it is likely they will start. 

Free-Flowing Front Line

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    With so many attacking options on offer, Giggs would do well to put as many of them on the pitch as possible, to really entertain the United fans.

    Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa should all start behind the main striker and be allowed to roam freely. With Fletcher and Carrick there to shield the defence, the attacking three should have space to go forward and swap positions as the game goes on.

    Danny Welbeck could be an option here, too, and he could then also change places with the main striker, with his pace certainly an asset to the team.

Rooney Up Front

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    Wayne Rooney, who was teacher's pet with Moyes, is still likely to be given a starting role with Giggs as manager. 

    He hasn't been at his best this month, struggling against both Everton and Bayern Munich, but he is likely to pull his weight for Giggs' first game.

    Javier Hernandez is also an option from the bench, with him champing at the bit for game time ahead of the World Cup.