Manchester United welcome Norwich City to Old Trafford for a Saturday instalment of the Premier League. While these sides have not had a rivalry in recent years; there’s a historical factor that has provided more than a couple of talking points.
Here are three memorable matches:
1) 15 March 1975, Old Trafford. Manchester United 1-1 Norwich City
56,000 saw Tommy Doc’s United meet Norwich City in the old Division Two. While the game ended in a score draw, it was a testament to the undying support of the Old Trafford faithful. This support was well rewarded as a cavalier side gained immediate promotion.
2) 24 November 1979, Old Trafford. Manchester United 5-0 Norwich City
In a season that saw Dave Sexton’s United push Bob Paisley’s Liverpool all the way, this was a memorable outing for a free-scoring United. 5 goals shared between Macari, Coppell, Moran and a brace from Jordan saw a rampant United continue their March toward a credible title challenge. Having suffered defeat at Maine Road two weeks earlier, this was the ultimate medicine.
3) 12 December 1992, Old Trafford. Manchester United 1-0 Norwich City
Norwich arrived in Manchester as the Premier League leaders. After 19 matches played, Norwich had collected 39 points and sat 6 ahead of 3rd place United. The canaries had been grinding out results and had developed a reputation as a tough-to-beat title contender. Over 34,000 packed into Old Trafford to witness Mark Hughes seal a hugely important 1-0 victory. United would go on to win the league, with Norwich finishing 3rd.