Odds look terrible. But try telling Farke City have a slim chance of causing United upset
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Norwich City stunned one half of Manchester this season. Daniel Farke fancies an encore at United’s expense to seal a Premier League double.
The Canaries' epic 3-2 Premier League win over Pep Guardiola's champions at Carrow Road reverberated around the world. The Red Devils might be playing catch-up, after dominating English football under Sir Alex Ferguson, but Farke is convinced they are back on the rise ahead of Sunday afternoon's clash.
"It's always a great day for Norwich City when you're allowed to play against still one of the best teams in the world and one of the biggest and best clubs in the world," he said. "It is a big game in Finland for Teemu (Pukki), in Argentina for Emi (Buendia), also in Germany, let me tell you.
"It's just a question of time before they are back in the position where they belong and where they are used to be. Sometimes clubs need years to manage a transition, I don't see that at this club. It is used to winning games and titles.
"We're looking forward to it and we are respectful. We do not under-estimate the size of the task. We are not the favourite, but that's why we started to play football. You want to have these games. We don't want any opponent to say after playing us it was an easy game. Against one of the best teams in the world at the moment, Manchester City, we showed we can gain points this season and we were also competitive at Anfield against Liverpool."
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Farke insists all the pressure is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men on Sunday, against a newly-promoted club.
"We know it's not like a 50:50 game, even if they were struggling a bit and not in the league position perhaps where they want to be," he said. "We are still the newly promoted side and although the injuries are better than recent weeks we have three key centre backs missing.
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"This is more like one game in 10 where we can realistically get points, but it was the same against Manchester City and we were able to create a magic night. That's what we're trying to do.
"You don't have to speak about their quality. Start with the goalkeeper. (David) De Gea, world class and rested in the Europa League for our game. World class defenders, (Harry) Maguire for me one of the best centre backs in the world.
"Top players in offensive positions. Many good options and some really top class players."