Winger Elliott Bennett would ‘give anything’ to make his Norwich City return against Manchester United
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Norwich City winger Elliott Bennett says he would ‘give anything’ to play for the Canaries against Manchester United on Saturday.
The 25-year-old is back to full fitness after recovering from a knee ligament injury picked up on the opening day of the season and completed his fourth match for City’s Under-21s last night.
Bennett played 90 minutes of a 1-0 win against Wolves at Telford, with City’s goal scored by young winger Josh Murphy, and the former Brighton man is desperate to be in the first-team squad at Old Trafford.
“It would be lovely to be involved, I’d give anything to be involved,” Bennett said, speaking to BBC Radio Norfolk. “I’ve been asked to play in the game (at Wolves), I’ve come through that fine, my knee feels brilliant, I feel really fit but these decisions are not up to me.
“I’m ready, the manager knows I’m ready now as well, so it’s just a case of biding my time, training well and who knows what could happen then but I’m just grateful to be back out on a football pitch.”
Bennett played 90 minutes of the opening-day 2-2 draw with Everton at Carrow Road but is yet to return after injuring his knee during that game.
The former Wolves trainee made 28 appearances last season, scoring twice, and 35 the season before, scoring once during his first season with the Canaries.
Bennett must now show manager Neil Adams that he is ready to return by performing on the Colney training pitches.
“I’ve spoken to Neil quite regularly and he’s just told me to keep getting my fitness up and get some minutes in and then it’s up to me really,” Bennett added.
“I know where I’m at, he knows where I’m at as well, and to get (another) 90 minutes under my belt I’d like to think is good for me and good for Neil as well to have another body available that he can maybe call on if needs be.
“We’ve got a fantastic squad of 25 players and any given day anyone can play. Neil is the manager now and he’s got the full support of every single person and hopefully we can do what’s asked of us and stay in the Premier League.”
Whether he is involved in the match squad or not, Bennett is confident City can go to Old Trafford and earn some much needed points from the 5.30pm kick-off, despite United’s decision to sack manager David Moyes and install club legend Ryan Giggs as their interim boss.
“You don’t associate Manchester United with that sort of thing normally after they stuck with Sir Alex Ferguson for such a long time but when a club’s had the magnificent success that it has done, I’m sure everyone at the football club wants that to continue,” Bennett continued.
“It was a really difficult job for anyone coming in after Sir Alex and what a great job he has done so I’m sure the decision they’ve made is in the best interests of them, just like the decision that the board at Norwich had to make.
“Everyone talks about it as the big talking point but that’s Manchester United, we don’t care about that. There’s a little bit of unrest in the dressing room so if we can go there and take all three points then that would be nice.”
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