Sebastian Bassong says Norwich not daunted by Manchester United's frontline

Sebastien Bassong: Says Norwich must focus on producing another solid display

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Sebastien Bassong is confident Norwich can subdue Manchester United's frontline at Carrow Road on Saturday despite their ability to 'smell' goals.

Robin van Persie has hit eight Premier League goals already since his £24million summer move from Arsenal, while United also boast Wayne Rooney in their attack.

United head to Norfolk top of the table after their battling 3-2 win at Aston Villa, where they overturned a two-goal deficit.

Norwich, though, have kept three clean sheets since the last international break, beating Arsenal and Stoke in their previous two home matches.

Bassong maintains Chris Hughton's side must focus on another strong collective display rather than worrying about the quality of the frontline they will be facing.

"We know that it is going to be tough against Manchester United, we all know what they can do with quality players," said the former Tottenham defender.

"Van Persie has great touch, great quality on the ball. Even if he does not have time he can score goals, he can smell the football and knows where to go, just like Rooney, they know where to move on the pitch. They are high level players.

"It will be really hard to stop them, but I think we can do it."


He added: "We don't have to focus on them too much, just on ourselves and doing the best game we can then we will see what happens.

"Manchester United can scare some people before the game has started, but I am sure it will not be the case with us."

Norwich are unrecognisable from the shambles taken apart by both Liverpool and Chelsea just over a month ago, having shipped 17 goals in seven games and looking relegation fodder.

The goalless draw at Reading last weekend made it eight points out of the last 12 for the Canaries.

Bassong added: "Our defensive performances have been spot on, but that is because the team have been playing all together - we have been tight from the front to the goalkeeper.

"We just have to keep that going and with a bit of luck, maybe we can do something.

"When you are solid at the back, you will always get a chance to score."