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Predicted XI: Norwich City vs Manchester United – Kagawa replaces Januzaj

by Tom Newbold

David de Gea – The Spanish keeper may have to deal with more centre-back changes in front of him as he remains a constant in goal.

Fabio – With injuries to Rafael and Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia suspended and Chris Smalling set to start again at centre-back, Fabio should get a rare start at right-back on Saturday.

Chris Smalling – The youthful Smalling will be tested as to whether he can handle a second full game in three days.

Nemanja Vidic – After six consecutive games Jonny Evans is due a rest, so David Moyes may bring his captain back in to the side against Hull City.

norwich-awayPatrice Evra – It is a big ask for Evra to be starting many matches in a short space of time but if anyone can handle a lot of matches it is, statistically speaking, the Frenchman.

Ashley Young – Showing more confidence as of late, being substituted off in the last game against Hull hints at the likelihood of Young earning another start two days later.

Michael Carrick – It was a boost to see Carrick back in action from the bench on Boxing Day. In the interests of rotation and fitness, it would not be a surprise for the 32-year-old to start this fixture.

Ryan Giggs – Giggs’ last appearance came of 15th December, so there is every chance the Welshman will come back into the side especially as the in-form Tom Cleverley is due a rest.

Shinji Kagawa – Kagawa’s absence in recent games has been something of a mystery but despite zero minutes since 10 December, he has been making the bench. With Nani injured, Antonio Valencia suspended and Adnan Januzaj due a game on the bench (after his unexpected introduction on Boxing Day), Kagawa is in line for a rare start.

Wayne Rooney – Rooney is another, like Evra, who can handle lots of games in a short period of time.

Javier Hernandez – Danny Welbeck may well be rested against Norwich with the opportunity arising from Hernandez to be given only his second start in this busy month.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Keeping the team fresh will be the aim of the game for Moyes, something that a potential six changes should do. After putting in hard-working shifts against Hull, Rooney, Welbeck and Cleverley are all in contention for rests but Rooney will probably start nevertheless considering his importance to the side.

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