United have picked up where they left off and their unbeaten run now stretches to 13 matches in all competitions. They’ve kept 10 clean sheets across this run, winning nine of these games, and will fancy their chances in the first of the FA Cup quarter finals.
The Red Devils face the weakest side left in the tournament, while they’ve gone W8-D2-L1 in cup action since the beginning of December as they kept clean sheets in each victory.
Manchester United To Beat Norwich
Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may well rotate the pack with the games coming thick and fast, he’ll take encouragement from that consistent record across the Europa League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup in between league commitments.
Paul Pogba has looked determined upon his return to the team and between himself, Bruno Fernandes and the rest of the support act in midfield, United possess the tools to unlock the Canaries at the back – at the very least from the bench.
They have momentum on their side, while their larger squad is better equipped for quick turnarounds compared to Daniel Farke’s limited outfit.
Manchester United To Beat Norwich To Nil
Norwich appear destined for the drop and their current run of three consecutive defeats leaves them with just two goals from their past eight matches across all tournaments.
That includes defeats without scoring versus Liverpool, Wolves, Sheffield Utd, Southampton and Everton.
They may have found the net in the previous round of this tournament against Spurs during this run, though prior to London club’s 2-0 win over West Ham in their most recent outing, Jose Mourinho’s men had kept just three clean sheets in 27 appearances under him.
The Canaries also have problems in defence with a trio of players missing due to hamstring complaints.
Full-back Sam Byram has been sidelined since mid-February, but more importantly centre-back duo Christoph Zimmermann and captain Grant Hanley were added to the treatment table just before action resumed.
That could lead to more goals for United, especially if they score early, though the win to nil appears more profitable than the handicap given United are away from home and may ease their foot off the gas with other assignments up ahead.
Odion Ighalo To Score Anytime
Anthony Martial is the man of the moment having netted not only his first career hat-trick against Sheffield Utd, but also the Red Devil’s first Premier League treble in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era since Robin van Persie in April 2013.
He now has six goals in seven league matches after Bruno Fernandes’ arrival, though he may well be one to make way here with the need to qualify for the Champions League all important, especially with Solskjaer resting him in previous rounds.
That should pave the way for Odion Ighalo to get some minutes and although the Nigerian’s loan signing raised some eyebrows, he’s been highly effective so far with four goals from 10 appearances in total.
That might not sound special, but it’s worth considering that all six Premier League appearances came from the bench as United were largely seeing out games, while all four of his strikes came in the three cup matches he’s started from the off as Solskjaer has trusted him to deliver.
Across the 10 outings in total he’s netted at a rate of one every 85 minutes, and can add to the two goals he put past Derby in the previous round.