Manchester United Hopes to Salvage this Season in NorwichPublished May 7, 2016 by Florin P
No draw options when Manchester United takes on Norwich. (12:45 p.m UK Time).
Van Gaal was brought at Manchester United with high expectations, but the Dutch manager started on the wrong foot. The team was on the verge of missing all targets, but it has a chance at redemption now, as it will play in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace. Equally important is to secure a Champions League berth and the team blocking their way is Norwich, which has its very own agenda.
Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain
Manchester United have played cautious football throughout the season, especially on the road and this didn’t do them any good. Low-scoring victories can only help them that much and they have nothing to lose, because a draw or defeat would be exactly the same. Victory over Norwich however would bring them within striking distance of Manchester City and the Champions League playoffs.
Their city rivals are wagering a war on two fronts, with matches in both the most prestigious European competition and the Premier League. They are credited with the first chance against Arsenal, but the Gunners are in better shape, so anything can happen. Meanwhile, the Red Devils need to do their part and win on the road to keep themselves in the driver’s seat.
Norwich Standing on the Brink
At the beginning of April, Norwich looked like a team capable of warding off the specter of relegation, but three consecutive defeats crushed their dreams. They will play twice at home in the remaining free rounds but they are two points behind Newcastle, who takes on Aston Villa.
The hosts have a relatively easier schedule and one game in hand, but anything short of victory against Manchester United would jeopardize their chances to survive. bet365 Sports offers odds of 4/5 on the visitors to win, which represents good value under these circumstances.