Republic of Ireland Under-21 striker Adam Idah has been handed his first Premier League start for Norwich City at Old Trafford against Manchester United this afternoon.

It's a major step forward for the Corkman, who scored a stunning hat-trick in the FA Cup at Preston North End last weekend.

There had been speculation before Christmas that the 18-year-old would be shipped out on loan at the turn of the year, but injuries to Teemu Pukki and Josip Drmic have stretched the Canaries' attacking resources, with Idah's timely star turn ultimately proving too good for boss Daniel Farke to ignore.

Norwich are bottom of the league, seven points from safety, and desperately need to start picking up points if they are to avoid a swift return to the Championship.

It's a baptism of fire for Idah, but also a major vote of confidence.

Following his treble at Preston, Ireland manager Mick McCarthy admitted the teenager had given himself a chance of being involved in the Euro 2020 March play-off semi-final against Slovakia.

"He might have just got himself one (a senior Ireland international cap)!" McCarthy quipped after that game.

"He's just scored a hat-trick. And he's playing in a real, competitive game. Not an under-21s, not an under-23s. It's an FA Cup tie against a good Preston team."

Another good showing today at the home of one of the biggest clubs in world football could well force McCarthy's hand.