Manchester United v Norwich City latest odds, news and free bets

The big question on everyone’s lips is whether Wayne Rooney is going to be available for the match against the Canaries and Sir Alex Ferguson must be tempted to keep the striker wrapped in cotton wool for what looks like a relatively straightforward encounter on Saturday. Norwich might have enjoyed a bright start to the season which has seen Paul…

The big question on everyone’s lips is whether Wayne Rooney is going to be available for the match against the Canaries and Sir Alex Ferguson must be tempted to keep the striker wrapped in cotton wool for what looks like a relatively straightforward encounter on Saturday.

Norwich might have enjoyed a bright start to the season which has seen Paul Lambert’s team accrue eight points from their first six matches, although a trip to Old Trafford is not for the faint-hearted and the visitors will be playing a Manchester United team who have scored an early goal in five of their first six Premier League games.

Ferguson will be keen to record a convincing victory ahead of the international break, especially after Tuesday’s dramatic match against Basel which saw the Red Devils race into a 2-0 lead only for the Swiss side to come within a whisker of victory.

United are a best price 1/5 (William Hill – £30 free bets) to collect a maximum haul and they have scored an average of nearly five goals per home match so far. Perhaps this is skewed slightly by the 8-2 thrashing of Arsenal, although Sky Bet (£35 free bets) offer a tempting 4/7 that the Premier League leaders lead at half-time and full-time.

Rooney can be backed at 5/2 to score the opening goal of the match, although it is more likely to be Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck that are paired together against Norwich, with Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen also hoping for a chance to shine.

It has been a long time since United dropped points at Old Trafford in the Premier League although that was against a newly-promoted team when West Brom landed a 2-2 draw in the early stage of last season. Stan James go 15/2 that the visitors act as coupon busters with a draw, with the same firm offering 20/1 about the Canaries making it a day to to remember.

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