Dean Smith fires warning to Manchester United and has cause for optimism

Norwich City boss Dean Smith has fired a warning to Manchester United as he sets his sights on winning at Old Trafford for the second time this season.

The Canaries beat Burnley at Carrow Road on Sunday to give themselves a glimmer of hope of survival.

But the Premier League’s basement side would have only been four points off safety had Ralf Rangnick’s Red Devils managed to beat Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

However, following United’s woeful performance on Merseyside, Smith’s side find themselves seven points behind Frank Lampard’s Toffees who sit 17th in the table.

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Norwich will be hoping to pile more misery on United when they travel to the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday.

While he was in charge of Aston Villa, Smith inflicted a first Premier League defeat of the season on United back in September.

A late Kortney Hause header sealed the three points after Bruno Fernandes skied a penalty over the bar in the closing stages.

The mood around Old Trafford is at an all-time low and Smith will be hoping to capitalise on the growing discontent surrounding the Red Devils.

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“I’ve already won there, why not go and win again,” Smith told reporters after Norwich’s 2-0 win against Burnley.

The former Villa boss is expecting a reaction from United following their chastening performance against Lampard’s Blues.

“We know it’s a tough place to go,” he added. “They will be smarting over their performance and result (against Everton) and they will be looking to put it right.”

United beat Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road, in December, through a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty, in what was Rangnick’s second top-flight game as interim boss.

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The German’s side were lucky to come away with the three points and had David de Gea to thank yet again.

But Smith is still smarting at the decision that saw United awarded a penalty after Max Aarons was adjudged to have pushed Ronaldo.

Smith added: “I thought we were really close against them. It still annoys me the penalty that was given which won United the game. We certainly didn’t deserve a loss.

“It’s a tough task (on Saturday), we know that, but we are not going to shy away from it. We have just had two clean sheets which gives us confidence and we have to take that into Old Trafford.”

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