Preview: Manchester United v Norwich City

Juan Mata of Man Utd celebrates as the Norwich players look dejected after they concede a 4th goal d

Juan Mata of Man Utd celebrates as the Norwich players look dejected after they concede a 4th goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford in April 2014. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City take on Manchester United on Saturday at 3pm.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and Wayne Rooney are going through a tricky period with the

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and Wayne Rooney are going through a tricky period with the club. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Manchester United, currently fourth in the Premier League, could have Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera back in action.

Rooney - whose next appearance will be his 500th for United - has missed three games due to an ankle injury and Smalling and Herrera have been sidelined by groin and hamstring problems respectively, but all three have trained for a full week building up to the match.

Ashley Young is a doubt with a knock and Bastian Schweinsteiger remains suspended, while Jesse Lingard (leg), Matteo Darmian (hamstring), Marcos Rojo (shoulder), Antonio Valencia (foot) and Luke Shaw (leg) are all unavailable.

Norwich, who dropped into the relegation zone last week, will be without on-loan Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom (hamstring).

Goalkeeper John Ruddy is available for selection as the club continue an internal investigation into his involvement in a late-night fracas at a city-centre taxi rank, but Declan Rudd is expected to again be first choice at Old Trafford.


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Winger Matt Jarvis, on loan from West Ham, has stepped up his rehabilitation from a knee injury and could feature after Christmas.

Last five league matches: Man Utd W W D D L; Norwich W L D L D

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Top scorers: Wayne Rooney & Anthony Martial (Man Utd) 7; Nathan Redmond (Norwich) 4

Match odds: H 2-5 A 15-2 D 17-5

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

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•We'll have live coverage of the match on this site from 1.45pm on Saturday

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