19 December ~ Norwich and Manchester United go into their match today with contrasting ambitions for the season. While United will be keen to close the gap on league-leaders Leicester, Norwich are battling for their Premier League survival.
The situation was very different when the two teams met at Carrow Road in April 1993. In their previous match Norwich, managed by Mike Walker, had beaten Aston Villa, leapfrogging them at the top of the table in the process. Villa regained top spot the day before this match, leaving second-place City to battle it out with third-place United. In the end the latter blew the home side away in the opening 20 minutes, with Ryan Giggs, Andrei Kanchelskis and Eric Cantona all getting on the scoresheet. Norwich’s consolation came via former United striker Mark Robins.
That win lifted Alex Ferguson’s team to second, one point behind Villa. They went top the next week with a famous late comeback against Sheffield Wednesday at Old Trafford, and won all their remaining matches to clinch their first League title since 1967. Norwich ended the season in third, their highest-ever finish, 12 points behind the champions and, oddly, with a negative goal difference.