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Premier League 2019-20: 3 things Manchester United need to do to defeat Norwich City

Modified 21 Dec 2019, 00:51 IST

Solskjaer will be desperate for a win against Norwich City
Solskjaer will be desperate for a win against Norwich City

Manchester United travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City in the second of their four back-to-back away games. The Red Devils started the run of games away from home with a grinding win against Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League in midweek, securing their first away win since March of this year.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to continue that good form. A win will be vital for the the Red Devils, as it will help them climb up the table. However, it will not be an easy task.

The Canaries might be 19th in the table, but they gave Liverpool a run for their money in the very first game of the new season. Even though Daniel Farke's men lost the game, they gave a good account of themselves in the process.

Norwich then went on to defeat Manchester City in mid-September, but since then, they have been going through a wretched run form. Norwich are winless in their last four games since that victory against City, a period where they have lost three games and let in nine goals!

However, Solskjaer will be aware that Farke has the ability to cause Manchester United a lot of trouble on Sunday. The Norwegian will have to get his tactics and team selection right to secure the full three points at Carrow Road.

Here, we take a look at 3 things that Manchester United need to do to defeat Norwich City.

#3 Continue with a 3-4-1-2 formation

Harry Maguire has looked comfortable in a back 3
Harry Maguire has looked comfortable in a back 3

At the start of the season, Solskjaer shifted from his tried and tested 4-3-3 formation to a 4-2-3-1 formation. United got off to a flyer against Chelsea but failed to make the most out of the tactical change and slowly dropped down the league table, because of a string of poor results.

Against Liverpool, owing to a lack of options in midfield and a desire to stop the Reds' lethal front three, Solskjaer shifted to a 3-4-1-2 formation. And even though United did concede a late goal in the game, the defense looked stronger and more composed.


Against Partizan Belgrade in midweek, the Norwegian continued with the same formation and earned his first away win of the season.

Solskjaer must stick with the same shape against Norwich too, and there are quite a few reasons why. First, the defense looks tighter; the switch in shape at the back has significantly improved the defenders' performance.

The formation also allows for good wing play, as both wing-backs can venture forward with the assurance of an extra defender behind them. And last but not least, it allows United to attend to their lack of midfield options, thus playing to the club's strengths.

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