Premier League: Norwich City v Manchester United preview
16:13 25 February 2012
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Team news, the player to watch, referee and betting for the Premier League clash between Norwich City and Manchester United at 1.30pm on Sunday.
• Norwich City team news
Defender Zak Whitbread (hamstring) returns to the squad after missing the last two games. Marc Tierney (groin) is unlikely to feature but Paul Lambert reported yesterday the left-back is making good progress. Kyle Naughton and Grant Holt were rested for the FA Cup defeat to Leicester and come back into contention along with John Ruddy and Andrew Surman. Striker James Vaughan played 30 minutes against the Foxes after a knee injury that had kept him out since September. Midfielder Jonny Howson (knee) could play some part against Wolves’ reserves next week after finally training with the senior squad. Dani Ayala (hamstring) and Declan Rudd (foot) are definitely ruled out. Subs (from): Steer, Drury, Barnett, Crofts, Bennett, Wilbraham, Morison, Jackson, Vaughan.
• United team news
Rio Ferdinand returns to the United squad.
Ferdinand was rested for Thursday’s Europa League defeat to Ajax, whilst the likes of Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra were unused substitutes against the Dutch. Wayne Rooney (throat) is a minor doubt. Nani came through his first 90 minute outing in a month since a foot injury. Michael Owen (thigh), Bebe (knee), Antonio Valencia (hamstring) and Anders Lindegaard (ankle) are all ruled out.
Subs (from): Amos, F de Silva, Smalling, Nani, Pogba, Park, Hernandez, Berbatov.
Sir Alex Ferguson Ferguson inches ever closer to an unprecedented half century of honours in the managerial game. Built a dynasty at Aberdeen to challenge the hegemony of the Old Firm with success both at home and abroad. Moved south to oversee a revolution at Old Trafford. Toppled Liverpool as England’s most successful title winners with his 12th and United’s 19th crown last season. Has won two Champions League titles and also guided the Reds to two more finals.
• One to watch
The 37-year-old has swiftly re-established himself at the heart of United’s midfield after the decision to cut short premature retirement. Wonderful visionary passer with a marauding goalscoring threat in his pomp from central midfield. Part of a golden generation at Old Trafford that blossomed in a decade and more of sustained trophy-winning success. Scholes has ten Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Champions League wins on his CV.
Andre Marriner (West Midlands) First assignment this season refereeing Norwich. Shown 56 yellow and three red cards this season.
Norwich 11/2, United 8/15, draw 14/5.
• First scorer City: Holt, Morison 9/1, Jackson, Vaughan 11/1, Pilkington 14/1, Bennett 16/1.
United: Rooney 7/2, Hernandez, Welbeck 4/1, Berbatov 9/2, Nani 8/1, Young 9/1. No goalscorer: 10/1.