Rafael and Robin van Persie remain unavailable as Manchester United host Norwich City with Ryan Giggs in charge for the first time.
The match against Norwich will be Ryan Giggs’ first match in charge of Manchester United following the dismissal of David Moyes. United fans are excited to say the least and will hope that his arrival at the helm will change the fortunes of the club and they can end the season strongly. Predicting what tactical changes Giggs will bring to the side against Norwich is difficult, but the Welshman is clear about what he wants from side on the pitch.
“Entertain them, score goals, make tackles, play with speed, play with tempo. And that’s what they’ve done in training and they’ll take that out into the game on Saturday.” – The Manchester United manager said in his pre-match press conference.
Thankfully for Giggs, the injury list has slimmed down considerably with Rafael and Robin van Persie being the only fitness concerns at the moment. Patrice Evra, whose last appearance for Manchester United was in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with Bayern Munich, is still struggling with his fitness and is unlikely to start in this game as well.
Ryan Giggs is unlikely to make any drastic change to the formation, but he could make three changes to the starting line-up that was used against Everton in their last game. Antonio Valencia will replace Nani on the right wing, while Adnan Januzaj will replace Shinji Kagawa on the left side of the attack. Wayne Rooney produced a disappointing performance against Everton and it was evident that the England international wasn’t match fit. Giggs is likely to rest Rooney for this game With Danny Welbeck leading the line.
The only change in defence might be shifting Phil Jones to right back, while Chris Smalling partners Jonny Evans in the center of the defence – David Moyes used them in reverse role against Everton.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): De Gea (GK); Jones, Evans, Smalling, Buttner; Carrick, Fletcher; Valencia, Mata, Januzaj; Welbeck