Louis Van Gaal will be desperate for his Manchester United side to respond to a nightmarish period with victory as the Red Devils host Norwich City tomorrow afternoon.

United endured a torrid week last week that culminated with a 2-1 defeat against Bournemouth following their Champions League exit to Wolfsburg in midweek.

The Reds are currently on a five-match winless run, with their last victory coming away at Watford nearly a month ago

The Dutchman has been heavily criticised in recent weeks for failing to deliver an attractive brand of football much to the discontent of supporters.

Tomorrow provides United with an ideal opportunity to get their season back on track as they welcome relegation-threatened Norwich to Old Trafford.

After an encouraging start to the campaign, the Canaries have gone off the boil in recent weeks and travel to the North-west having registered just one victory in their previous 12 attempts in all competitions.

Norwich’s only away victory of the season came at the Stadium of Light as Norwich beat Dock Advocaat’s Sunderland on the second matchday.

Signs of an upset look ominous for the Norfolk club, who have failed to win in their last 10 visits to the Theatre of Dreams.

After masterminding the Canaries return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, Alex Neil has endured his toughest managerial test in recent weeks.

The step up in opposition has proved to be a tricky obstacle for Norwich, with Canary protagonists Cameron Jerome, Wes Hoolahan and Nathan Redmond struggling to transfer their form of last season onto England’s elite stage.

However, Norwich did manage to salvage a draw against Everton after falling behind to an early Romelu Lukaku goal to demonstrate they are competitive at this level.

With United overwhelming favourites to secure the victory, failure to overcome Norwich would leave the Red Devils drifting away from title contention and do little to alleviate the pressure that Van Gaal finds himself under.

Wayne Rooney is expected to return to the line-up for tomorrow’s clash, and will be desperate to improve on his meagre tally of two league goals.

Rooney netted a brace the last time teams met as the Canaries were trounced in Ryan Giggs first game as interim boss back in April last year.

Questions have been raised as to whether England’s record goalscorer merits his place in Van Gaal’s starting XI, as United desperately attempt to end their profligate phase.

A dour stalemate at home to West Ham in their last game at Old Trafford did little to dispel the doubters concerns, with United registering just a solitary shot on target over 90 minutes.

The Reds will have to improve vastly on that showing if they are to appease supporters, who will be expecting none other than United vanquishing the Canary cannon fodder on offer.

But with a lack of midfield incision and attacking precision at the Goldsands last time out, there is no guarantee that United are going to have it all their own way when Norwich park up the yellow bus at 3pm.

One to Watch: Robbie Brady

United academy graduate Robbie Brady has impressed for both club and country this term. The Canaries signed the mercurial winger for £7 million in August and the Irishman will be keen to make a point on his return to his former stomping ground

Brady helped the Republic of Ireland seal qualification for Euro 2016 last month, has featured in every Premier League game this season and established himself as a vital member of the Norwich side during his short time in East Anglia.

By Dave Warman

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