Last Updated: 28/12/13 4:59pm
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Full-time: Norwich 0 Manchester United 1 (Welbeck 57). United move up to sixth; the Canaries stay 14th.
YELLOW CARD (90+1)! Redmond is booked after a foul is called for his challenge on Evra just outside the area. Not sure if that was for dissent or the foul, but harsh either way.
Treatment needed for Evra after a clash of heads with Murphy. The Frenchman is soon back on his feet though.
After good work by Redmond and Hoolahan, Murphy gets a shot away from 20 yards but he cuts across the ball and it goes over.
A penalty appeal by Norwich - Hoolahan was muscled out in the area by Evra and Vidic - but Dowd is not interested.
Redmond's shot is blocked on the edge of the United area. Meanwhile, Edin Dzeko has put Man City 1-0 ahead against Crystal Palace.
Hernandez swivels 20 yards out after taking down a cross from the right and Ruddy has to make a sprawling save.
Hoolahan slides in on Cleverley in midfield, but does get his studs on the ball. He gets a talking-to from Dowd.
Welbeck tried a stooping header at the far post as Smalling whipped a great cross in from the right, but couldn't get a connection on the ball.
That goal by Welbeck has moved United up to sixth in the live table - five points behind leaders Man City, who are still being held 0-0 by Crystal Palace.
YELLOW CARD (59)! Ryan Bennett is the second Norwich player cautioned by Dowd, for a block on Welbeck. Two bookings apiece now.
It's a slice of good fortune for United! Ryan Bennett clears the ball into the leg of Welbeck, the ball ricochets off Hernandez and back into the path of his strike partner. Welbeck then takes the ball around Ruddy expertly and makes it 0-1.
United's possession count now standing at 59% in the match, but Norwich have had 12 shots to their four.
The flag is raised against Hernandez, but again replays suggest he was onside when the ball was passed forward - just like in the first half.
Hoolahan plays in Redmond on the left side of the area. A cross-shot from the winger goes just wide of the far post.
A shot from Young, rising over the middle of the crossbar, after he ran infield from the right flank.
Young crosses in from the right. The ball comes too quick for Welbeck and Hernandez, and Kagawa stumbles when it reaches him - the ball hits his arm.
Almost a disaster there for Vidic as he sells De Gea short with a backpass, but the Spaniard manages to clear.
So Kagawa left, Young right, and Welbeck in behind Hernandez for United. Redmond sends a low shot well wide from 20 yards.
Matthew Smith emails in: 'I know we are not on top of our game at the moment but to have one shot on target is ridiculous. We need an injection of energy through Zaha and Januzaj.' And Josh Chambers writes: 'United have been poor without Rooney, we are also lacking in the wide areas, missing Valencia though, I'm going for 2-0 by the end, C'mon United!'
Chris Green from Huddersfield on email: 'Norwich are putting the Red Devils under a lot of pressure at the moment, but thankfully, we're still level. I hope this doesn't continue in the second half, as I see the Canaries taking the lead before long if we don't tighten up at the back.'
A quick betting update - Sky Bet's live odds at half-time see Man Utd move out to 11/10 for victory, the draw comes in to 6/4 and you can now get 7/2 on Norwich for the three points.
Let's get to the emails. George Rooney from Hamilton in Canada writes: 'I'm very concerned with Moyes' line-up of forwards. It is a rare mix of lads who have not played together all year, and it shows in this first half. United will be lucky to walk away with a point. Rooney's creativity is greatly missed today.'
No change for United (7th) or Norwich (14th) in the live table - a win for Moyes' men would take them sixth ahead of Newcastle's clash with Arsenal tomorrow. If the Canaries can win here, they could move into the top half.
@AmaniC7 on Twitter says: 'United need more width. Giggs to come off for Zaha at HT, Kagawa behind Chicharito.'
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Half-time: Norwich 0 Manchester United 0. United have struggled at Carrow Road - only one shot on target out of three attempted, while the Canaries have had four on target out of 10. Evra looking a weak link in particular; De Gea has had to be alert.
Johnson couldn't get the ball out from under his feet on the edge of the area, just as it seemed to open up for Norwich.
A shot on target from the champions! Bassong plays Hernandez onside and the United striker tries an effort from wide left in the area, but it's saved by Ruddy.
Smalling heads away another corner, and Evans goes down clutching his neck. He receives treatment and briefly goes off.
Hernandez is flagged offside as Kagawa plays a great pass through. Replays suggest the Mexican was probably level.
Two vital United blocks in the space of a minute - first Snodgrass' volley, and then Hoolahan's shot inside the area hits Evans at close range. Ruddy then takes Kagawa's cross at the other end after a swift break.
De Gea saves Bassong's header from the corner. A firm connection from the Norwich centre-back, but it's straight into the United keeper's gloves.
Great dribbling by Redmond down the left, gave Smalling plenty to think about but in the end the United right-back blocks the cross for a corner.
YELLOW CARD (34)! Now Hernandez has been booked for dissent. Mr Dowd isn't putting up with any nonsense today.
YELLOW CARD (31)! Fer is booked by Dowd for a foul on Evra. Seemed rather harsh, again. Evans gets his head to the resulting free-kick but he can't direct the ball.
Disappointing first third to the game for the visitors. Without Rooney, they're creating very little, have failed to have a shot on goal and are indebted to De Gea and a miss from Hoolahan for the scoreline remaining goalless.
YELLOW CARD (27)! Vidic heads the corner away, then Giggs slides in on Snodgrass who hurdles his challenge - but the United man becomes the first player booked by Dowd.
Evra concedes a corner as Snodgrass again gets away down the right. Pressure's on. Vidic deflects it behind and we'll have another.
Snodgrass tries to curl in a shot from the edge of the box after turning Evra. The Frenchman is struggling to contain Norwich down that flank.
De Gea has to make another save, this time to deny Hooper from inside the area. Fer fed the ball right to Martin, and then Snodgrass crossed in low. Norwich looking increasingly dangerous here.
Big chance for Norwich! Martin is fed into the right side of the area by Snodgrass and lets fly with a shot that is saved by De Gea before Smalling bundles the ball out for a corner, after Hoolahan failed to turn it home.
United's passing looking neat and crisp so far today with Carrick back in the starting midfield for the first time since 10 November.
First 10 minutes, and United have had 77% possession, suggesting Norwich might be in for a long afternoon chasing the ball.
Great battle between Vidic and Hooper - the Norwich man is in form and is sure to give United a tough test today.
Replays show a foul by Young on Olsson in the build-up to that United chance, where Martin almost put the ball in his own net.
A near miss there, as the ball deflects off Martin - that was a big chance. Ruddy saved the follow up.
Hernandez has been sent sprawling over the touchline in the first minute by Ryan Bennett, but he's OK to continue. Kagawa has lined up on the left, with Cleverley and Giggs ahead of Carrick in midfield.
David Moyes: 'Wayne's got a recurrence of the groin injury, but it's not severe. You need to get all your players back and fit at this time of the year. We've got a long way to go yet - let's try and beat Norwich today.'
Predictions now. First, from Twitter, @richardbraich says 2-0 to United with Januzaj scoring twice; @daviddegeafan1 says 2-1, with Hernandez at the double; and @DubDots reckons 3-0, adding: 'If Kagawa plays like he did against them last season, we'll be doing ok. It was a great hat-trick.'
Manchester United have already beaten Norwich once this season, sending them out of the Capital One Cup in late October with a 4-0 win at Old Trafford. Anthony Pilkington's goal on the hour mark settled the last Carrow Road clash in November 2012, while Shinji Kagawa scored a hat-trick when United beat Norwich 4-0 in the return league fixture in March.
Raj has tweeted in via his @Raj_TDC_LSoD Twitter account: 'Can see United taking all 3 points. Going for Hernandez and Kagawa to score. Hope Zaha gets minutes.'
Couple of pre-match bits from the players. First, Norwich's Seb Bassong on last season's home win over United: 'It was one of our best performances - we were really solid - but today's a different story.' And United's Nemanja Vidic: 'We're having a spell of good games. It'll be a tough match, they have good support and they play well around the box.'
On email, Mohammed Usmaan is not impressed with Moyes' Man Utd selection today: 'The team line up is a SHOCKER! Firstly no Rooney, then Giggs on the left wing when he's more effective in central midfield. I think Norwich will win 2-1, with Gary Hooper on the scoresheet.'
A tweet from the @ManUtd account: 'Wayne Rooney didn't travel to Norwich due to the recurrence of a groin strain. He should be available for #mufc vs @SpursOfficial on 1 Jan.'
Norwich will be looking to Gary Hooper for goals today - he's scored in four successive Premier League games at Carrow Road, the first Canaries player ever to do that. Interestingly, Norwich are the only side yet to see a substitute score this season in the league.
On his Norwich team selection today, Hughton adds: 'We've made three changes - it's a little bit with three games in six days in mind, but we also know we have to play the game a different way and be more resilient.'
Norwich boss Chris Hughton, speaking ahead of kick-off: 'It's a tough one, irrespective of any type of form United are in. But it's a game we always look forward to, and we'll give it a good go. The Fulham defeat was a disappointing blow for us, particularly as we took the lead and felt in the first half we should have added to it. Then to lose a goal so late in the game was a big blow, but we need to bounce back. We've responded well so far this season when we've had defeats. We need to put on a good enough performance to allow us to take something from the game.'
The referee today will be Phil Dowd. He was in charge when United won 4-1 at Swansea on the opening day of the season, and Norwich fans won't want to be reminded that he presided over their 7-0 defeat at Manchester City last month. Sorry.
Time for a look at the match odds now with Sky Bet. United are firm 8/13 favourites to come away with a victory this afternoon, while the draw is 14/5 and Norwich can be backed at 9/2.
On Twitter, @MusadiqurRahman writes: 'Think today's match is going to be a comfortable 4-2. I expect Hernandez & Kagawa to get on the score sheet. & I expect Norwich to be deadly on the counter attack.' A stat to note though - the Canaries have only managed to score more than one goal on two occasions in Premier League home games so far this season.
All the Soccer Saturday pundits reckon the champions will come away with three points today. On their Super 6 coupons, Matt Le Tissier and Paul Merson both went for a 2-1 United victory, while Charlie Nicholas said 3-1. Phil Thompson fancied a clean sheet for David De Gea as well, going for 2-0.
First feedback of the day comes from Nathan Moroz-Butler on email: 'Can see it being a close match without Rooney, but Man U should still have the quality to see off a struggling Norwich side. 3-1 win to Man U with Hernandez grabbing a goal or two.'
David Moyes has made five changes to the Manchester United team that started the 3-2 win at Hull on Boxing Day. Nemanja Vidic, Javier Hernandez, Michael Carrick and Shinji Kagawa - who were all subs at the KC Stadium - come into the starting line-up, along with Ryan Giggs. Danny Welbeck and Darren Fletcher drop to the bench, Antonio Valencia is banned, and there's no sign of Wayne Rooney or Rafael (groin) in the matchday 18 today.
The confirmed Manchester United team is in: De Gea, Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Young, Cleverley, Carrick, Giggs, Kagawa, Hernandez.
Confirmed Norwich bench: Bunn (GK), Whittaker, van Wolfswinkel, Elmander, Garrido, Becchio, Josh Murphy.
Norwich boss Chris Hughton has made three changes to the Canaries side that started the 2-1 home defeat by Fulham on Boxing Day. In come Russell Martin, Ryan Bennett and Wes Hoolahan, with the banned Michael Turner making way along with Steven Whittaker and Johan Elmander. The latter two are on the bench. Jonny Howson (back) must have failed a fitness test.
Here's the confirmed Norwich team: Ruddy; Martin, R Bennett, Bassong (c), Olsson; Fer, Johnson; Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Redmond; Hooper.
Wayne Rooney has scored or assisted 12 of United's 20 away goals in the Premier League this season, so clearly he's going to be a huge miss for the champions today.
We're hearing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has not travelled to Norwich today. We should get confirmation of that any minute now.
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