Alex Neil
Neil is without three defenders for the visit of Louis van Gaal's side on Saturday. Getty

Norwich City manager Alex Neil says the club are yet to make a final decision on Ryan Bennett ahead of their crucial Premier League clash with Manchester United. The Canaries are scrapping for their Premier League survival with three games of their season remaining and are three points adrift of safety.

Bennett, 26, missed the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on 30 April through illness, and while he briefly returned to training last week, he remains a doubt for the visit of Louis van Gaal's side.

"Ryan is still struggling at the moment so I am not quite sure how he is going to be," Neil told Norwich's official website. "He trained for one day at the end of last week and we hoped he was going to be available for the Arsenal match, but he took a turn for the worse.

"We'll need to wait and see. It will be a real last-minute call, it will be determined by how Ryan is feeling and how he feels he can approach the game if he can."

Norwich will also be without January signing Timm Klose – who is still struggling with a knee injury – while Alex Tettey remains sidelined with an ankle problem. Andre Wisdom, meanwhile, has returned to parent club Liverpool after suffering a knee injury of his own that has ended his season.

Norwich and fellow strugglers Sunderland both have a game in hand on Newcastle United, who currently occupy 17<sup>th place. For the time being, the club's future is in its own hands and Neil stresses there is no more time for excuses.

"Like I have said before, we need to win games to make sure we stay at this level. It comes no bigger than this, it really is crunch time now. There is no room for excuses, we have got to go out and do the job. The players know exactly where we are. They gave it their best efforts against Arsenal, and I expect exactly the same this weekend."