Farke hoping for 'special' night as Norwich City aim to pull off FA Cup upset

Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke says he's hoping for a "special" night when his team take on Manchester United in their FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday evening.

The Canaries will go into the game at Carrow Road as big underdogs, having lost both of their Premier League matches since the season restarted.

However, Farke side's have already knocked out Tottenham to reach this stage of the world'd most famous cup competition, and he now has his sights set on another scalp.

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"We need a special day, and we need to be there with a special performance to give ourselves a chance," he said.

"They're in such good shape (Manchester United) and full of confidence, so we are realistic, but that's what our task is. We want to be really, really special, especially after two disappointing results in the league."

United eased to two victories over Norwich in the league meetings between the clubs this season, winning 3-1 at Carrow Road and 4-0 at Old Trafford.

They've also started the restart in formidable form, beating Sheffield United 3-0 in their last game.

In contrast, Norwich are cut adrift at the bottom of the Premier League and look almost certain to be relegated, but the excitement of a high-profile cup tie may prove to be a welcome distraction.

Norwich last reached this stage of the competition in 1992 when they went on to beat Southampton in a replay, and Farke wants the current generation to create more memories.

“The results have been disappointing, we wanted to take points sooner rather than later,” Farke said.

“A special and unexpected win is always good for the mood and the confidence so there could always be a spark that helps you keep going."

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Josip Drmić is a big doubt. Credit: PA

Norwich could hand starts to Teemu Pukki, Emi Buendia and Todd Cantwell after the influential trio were left out of the starting line-up for the Canaries' 1-0 defeat against Everton last time out.

Striker Josip Drmić is a big doubt after picking up a knock in that game, but midfielder Marco Stiepermann could be involved.

Defenders Sam Byram, Christoph Zimmermann and Grant Hanley are all out for the season.

Jesse Lingard is likely to start for Manchester United who have no new injury problems, but Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones remain sidelined.

Norwich City v Manchester United, FA Cup, Saturday 27 June, 5.30pm