One defeat in the five games before Christmas saw Norwich stop the rot a little bit. With them picking up the eight points from 15 it meant the lifting of the axe somewhat from the neck of Mr. Chris Hughton. However, the last minute defeat at home to Fulham on Boxing Day followed by Saturday’s visit of the current champions, Manchester United, and that axe may be taken back out and prepped once more.
A defeat for the home side combined with other results could see them plummet into the relegation zone. With that being the last game before the transfer window opens the Norwich board would have to see if they wanted to give Hughton more money or maybe go for another name. With ex Norwich player Malky Mackay now free of his contract, who would bet against him being the Norwich Manager sooner rather than later?
For Manchester United they are now only eight points back from top spot after a run which saw them win the last three league games and also the teams above them play each other. That happens again this weekend with Newcastle hosting Arsenal and Chelsea facing Liverpool on Sunday.
A win of 3-0 for United will see them claim a place in the top five for 24 hours at least. That may signal that there is life after Sir Alex Ferguson, and maybe David Moyes should be given time. Certainly there were a lot of wet eyes at Old Trafford at the beginning of the season and maybe, just maybe a few of them are dryer now and ready for the New Year’s partying.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on www.facebook.com/jasonbardwell1979.