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Norwich City will not suffer stage fright at Manchester United

Chris Hughton is confident Norwich City will not fear a trip to Manchester United. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Chris Hughton is confident Norwich City will not fear a trip to Manchester United. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Chris Hughton is relishing the prospect of trying to cause a Capital One Cup fourth round upset against Manchester United.

The Norwich City chief insists their will be no inferiority complex from his squad or a large travelling contingent ahead of a trip to the Theatre of Dreams.

“There’ll be no fear factor and I don’t think there can be,” he said. “What you have to expect is we will be underdogs and if you walked into the bookmakers I’m sure they would tell you not too many expect us to win. That takes a percentage of any apprehension away, but I have a group who want to play these games. The aura is still there about Old Trafford.

“I’ve been asked the question whether it is a welcome distraction and I feel it most definitely is because it means we are still in the cup. Would we rather stay at home training or go to Old Trafford to play a cup game? Certainly the latter and we are very much looking forward to it.

“We are taking a very good following and we have to appreciate they are travelling a long way and we will look to win this game. The moment you don’t relish a game at Old Trafford there is a problem.”

Hughton is urging his players to show a killer instinct against the Red Devils after a frustrating Premier League stalemate at home to Cardiff.

“First and foremost, I want us to perform in a manner that shows we have not just gone there to make up the numbers,” he said. “What we can’t let it do is affect us because we are creating chances. I think if we weren’t it would be more of a worry. If we not had played as well on the ball and got into goalscoring opportunities that would be far more annoying. Possibly in those crucial moments when you want that bit more quality or composure it is not happening. That is frustrating and you have spells like that. On another occasion you have that same bulk of possession and you get an own goal or a deflection or their keeper makes a mistake and that 1-0 can turn into two or three, but perhaps the longer it went they became more resilient and the harder it gets to break them down.”

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