Manchester United are back in Premier League action this weekend. And there’s an unusual occurrence: A 3pm kick-off.

Hopefully this rare event will line up with our first win of 2020, and up against 20th placed side Norwich City, you have to fancy our chances.

Despite the doom and gloom, United are in fifth place in the Premier League, and this is a must win game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (aren’t they all nowadays?)

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Gomes should start

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Jesse Lingard is out with illness and this is a great opportunity to give Angel Gomes a first Premier League start.


It’s overdue, and Gomes proved himself in midweek after coming off the bench to instigate United’s consolation goal against City.

United could play Andreas Pereira or Juan Mata, but with the greatest of respect to both, what’s the point?

Gomes needs chances and United have to give him a proper opportunity, in his favoured position.

And if there was ever a fixture to do so for 90 minutes, it’s at home against a Norwich side who take chances which he can exploit.

It’s a near certainty he will be in the squad, Solskjaer just needs to be bold and start him, and there’s a good chance he does.

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Defence and attack

Harry Maguire’s injury is not as bad as first thought, but there is still no reason for United to risk aggravating it. Not with a cup replay against Wolves in midweek, and a trip to Anfield next weekend.

We expect Phil Jones to be fit to play, and with Norwich’s Teemu Pukki out with injury, he should be able to cope against the Canaries.

Luke Shaw might come back in at left-back with Brandon Williams rested after playing two games in a row.

Fred and Nemanja Matic will inevitably start in midfield due to a glaring lack of alternatives.

Up front Anthony Martial should lead the line with Marcus Rashford, and United should pick Mason Greenwood on the right ahead of Dan James.

James looks exhausted lately and will be needed against Wolves and Liverpool.

A goalscoring front three of Rashford, Martial and Greenwood have the potential to kill off Norwich quickly like the four goals against Newcastle.

A potential link up between academy talents Gomes and Greenwood would help both players flourish.

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