A 1-1 draw with Young Boys in midweek isn’t the result Ralph Rangnick would have been after, though it’s not ultimately surprising considering the Red Devils fielded a largely second-string side.
United can now focus on domestic duties for the foreseeable future, and are shooting for their third successive win in the league for the first time since mid-September.
Norwich are having something of a resurgence under Dean Smith with just one defeat in five matches now, though it should be noted that 80% of their points this season have come against sides in the bottom half, while they’re yet to find the net in seven meetings with top-half opposition.
The Canaries have been known to get a result against United from time to time, managing to beat the Manchester side in three of the six league seasons that they’ve played each other in this century, though the visitors have taken the spoils in each of their last three league visits to Carrow Road, and the fact that Norwich are yet to score against the better sides in the league suggest the hosts may be in for a hard day here.
Norwich +1.5 Handicap
While it may be a stretch too far for Dean Smith’s men to take full points against what seems like a resurgent Man United side (although it may be too soon to tell), there’s every chance they can remain competitive throughout.
Indeed, they’ve not lost by more than a goal for four home games now (W1-D2-L1) despite playing two top half teams in that time.
What’s more, it’s unknown just how dangerous this United side are yet under new management, and they’ve only won two of their last 18 matches across all competitions by more than a single strike, so the handicap appeals.
Under 3.5 Goals
Norwich have scored the fewest goals in the league this year by quite some margin, and it’s therefore no surprise that 12 of their 15 outings so far have seen under 3.5 goals land.
With United yet to fully get up and running under new management, it would be a very impressive showing if they were to pull apart this Canaries side, and with a one goal margin tipped to be the maximum the visitors will win by, an under 3.5 goals bet looks well worth backing too.
Mason Greenwood earned the plaudits in midweek after his performance against Young Boys, though it’s unclear if that will be enough to earn him a starting spot here, and with an unders bet picked anyway, the goal scorer market looks to hold little in the way of value for the visitors here.
NORWICH +1.5 HANDICAP
UNDER 3.5 GOALS