Bassong not troubled by United frontline

Norwich City

Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong knows Robin van Persie can "smell" goals, but intends to help the Canaries snuff out his threat.

The Dutchman has hit eight Barclays Premier League goals already since his £24million summer move from Arsenal. 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. 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.”