Norwich City Under-21s prepare to face Manchester United at Old Trafford

Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett could play for the club's Under-21s at Old Trafford tonight.

Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett could play for the club's Under-21s at Old Trafford tonight. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Winger Elliott Bennett is set to continue his injury comeback tonight when Norwich City Under-21s take on their Manchester United counterparts at Old Trafford tonight.

The 7pm kick-off is the penultimate game of the Under-21 Premier League for City, following last Friday's 5-1 thrashing of Bolton Wanderers.

Bennett was joined in the Under-21 team by senior team-mate Luciano Becchio for the game, with both scoring, alongside a brace from Carlton Morris and a spectacular effort from Cameron Norman.

That was the first game for the City Under-21s since professional development coach Jerry Gill take over managemenet of the team, after Mark Robson stepped up to assist Neil Adams in preparing the first team.

Gill said: 'We need to get ourselves into that 11th spot, because that's where the leagues' split – if we stay there, that's fantastic. We want to play against the best teams in the Under-21s league.


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'I'll be doing everything I can, along with the rest of the coaching staff, to ensure that happens.'

The reigning Premier League champions' Under-21s are sixth in the table and are managed by former Preston and Hull midfielder Warren Joyce.

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'Arguably it's the toughest test going to Old Trafford midweek, but we're going to have a bit of support – the PDC are doing some tours so there's going to be 150 Norwich supporters going, which will be brilliant,' Gill added, speaking to www.canaries.co.uk.

'We'll have a right good go. We've watched some clips of Manchester United and understandably they're at the Under-21s level. They're very open and expansive but they work very hard as well.'

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