Norwich City vs Man United
Carrow Road, Norlfork
Saturday, 27-06-2020 @7:30pm
Manchester United have won 10 of the past 12 meetings at Carrow Road spanning 29 years. United have won seven of the past eight meetings home and away, with the exception being a 2-1 league defeat at Old Trafford in December 2015. Norwich lead by three wins to two in previous FA Cup meetings but lost 0-2 at home in the most recent encounter back in January 1994.
Norwich’s top scorer Teemu Pukki could be recalled, while Marco Stiepermann might play for the first time since being cleared of having Covid-19. Defenders Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann and Sam Byram are all out for the remainder of the season.
Jesse Lingard is fit for Manchester United after illness and is likely to feature as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to make several changes. Centre backs Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones remain out.
This is Norwich’s first FA Cup quarter-final since the 1991-92 season. Norwich are winless in seven FA Cup games at Carrow Road since beating Burnley 4-1 in the third round in 2012 (D3, L4). Their previous three FA Cup ties this season were all away. They beat Preston 4-2, Burnley 2-1 and knocked out Tottenham on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Teemu Pukki is without a goal from open play in 14 appearances since 14 December.
United, vying to equal Arsenal’s record of 13 FA Cup titles, most recently won the competition in 2016. The Red Devils have reached the quarter-finals for a club record sixth consecutive season. However, they only won twice in the previous five attempts at this stage: 2-0 v Brighton in 2018 and 2-1 away to West Ham in a 2016 replay. Manchester United could keep a fifth successive clean sheet in the competition for the first time since a run of seven between April 2004 and March 2005. They are unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions (W9, D4), scoring 33 goals and conceding three. It’s their best form since a 17-match streak without defeat between November 2016 and January 2017.
The other FA Cup last 8 fixtures
-Sheffield United vs Arsenal @3pm
-Leicester City vs Chelsea @6pm
-Newcastle United vs Man City @8:30pm