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Solskjaer hopes Manchester United can stop Norwich on Sunday. However, he says they will need to be at their best to have a chance.


United is only three points ahead of Norwich who sits second-bottom of the Premier League after nine games.

Norwich has already beaten Champions, Manchester City at Carrow Road this season. Solskjaer is anticipating a tough battle on Sunday.

“I hope we are going to stop them because its always going to be difficult down at Carrow Road,” Solskjaer says.

“When I watched their first Premier League game against Liverpool, I saw a team with lots of courage. They were brave, played their way and kept going.”

“That has given them some great results. They beat Newcastle, Manchester City and they are a team with a clear philosophy.”

“We are ready for it now. We have been to Belgrade here and got some players back. I managed to take off Aaron Wan Bissaka and Anthony Martial off after 60 minutes because they have been out for a long time.”

“So, hopefully, we will have a fresh team because we will need to be at our best to have a chance.”

Solskjaer has opted to field a back three in United’s last two games against Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade.

United’s boss admits it was never his plan going into the season but says he has been pleased with the displays since the system reshuffle.

“The injuries put us into a position where the performances didn’t come. We had fit and quality center-backs and it just made it easier to go to a back-three against Liverpool and again on Thursday.”

“Lingard can play in that three midfield and we have got players who have played in the formation. Injuries have made us go into this position but it’s working quite well.”

Martial to ‘improve’ United

Martial started his first game since August night scoring a penalty as United won 1-0 at Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League.

United has found it hard for goals to come by without Martial scoring six goals in nine games. But Solskjaer is hopeful the Frenchman’s return will bring goals to the team.

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