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Manchester United strongly fancied to progress in the FA Cup

Manchester United visit Norwich City on Saturday evening aiming to progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

United have defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tranmere Rovers and Derby County to reach the last eight and will be confident of seeing off the Canaries this weekend.

Norwich have beaten Preston North End, Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur on their way to the quarter-finals, but are likely to have their work cut out against the Red Devils.

A quick look at what the bookies think shows that United are rated as 1/2 favourites to make it through and it is difficult to argue with their assessment.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted he will make changes to the team that comfortably beat Sheffield United in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Jesse Lingard and Odion Ighalo are expected to be in the line-up, while Eric Bailly and Diogo Dalot could also start the game. Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe remain on the sidelines.

Norwich look set to recall Teemu Pukki and Marco Stiepermann, but Josip Drmic is doubtful after picking up a knock in the midweek league game against Everton.

The Canaries will be without Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann and Sam Byram who have all been ruled out for the rest of the season.

The two sides last met in FA Cup during the 1993/94 campaign, with the Red Devils winning 2-0 at Carrow Road on their way to lifting the trophy.

United have won 10 of their last 12 away games at Norwich in all competitions – a run that includes a 3-1 victory in the Premier League on their most recent visit.

Although they have reached this stage of the competition in each of the five previous seasons, United have only made it through to the last four on two occasions.

However, they are yet to concede a goal in this season’s competition and should prove far too classy for the home side.

While United’s priority is qualifying for the 2020/21 Champions League, the importance of this weekend’s game should not be underestimated.

The club prides itself on winning silverware on a regular basis and the FA Cup undoubtedly holds a special place in its history.

United have lifted the famous trophy 12 times and success in this season’s competition would see them equal the tally of 13 set by Arsenal in 2017.

The game, which will be broadcast on television and via live streaming services, will kick-off at 5.30pm and is set to be played to a finish.

Prediction: United are unbeaten in their last 13 matches in all competitions and should extend that run this weekend. They look a good bet at odds of around 7/5 to win to nil.

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