Preview: Cardiff City vs Manchester United

by Tom Parker

Manchester United will look to continue where they left off prior to the international break as they journey to Wales to face last season’s Championship winners Cardiff City.

United put themselves firmly back in the title race last time out in the Premier League thanks to a narrow 1-0 victory over Arsenal. The Reds are in good form after a tough start to the season, unbeaten in nine games in all competitions and have improved with every performance.

Cardiff are currently 14th in the table and the Welsh outfit have had a tough start to their maiden Premier League campaign, having lost three of their last five games but they have shown against Manchester City and Swansea that they can be a dangerous side at home.

David Moyes could be without a raft of first team players for the match with Phil Jones’ groin injury sustained on international duty likely to see him join Michael Carrick on the sidelines.

Ryan Giggs may start against his hometown club as a result and if the iconic Welshman does feature, Cardiff will be the 117th different side he has faced in his incredible 951 game club career.

Danny Welbeck is still out with a long-standing knee problem and there are doubts surrounding Rafael da Silva and Robin van Persie. However, there is some positive news as Nemanja Vidic likely to return to the side after being hospitalised two weeks ago against Arsenal and he could skipper the side in Wales on Sunday.

Andrea Cornelius, an expensive summer acquisition from Copenhagen, could make his first appearance for Cardiff since August after overcoming a troublesome ankle complaint. Aron Gunnarrson and Peter Odemwingie are also set to hand Malky Mackay a fitness boost.

Cardiff’s last victory over United came back in November 1960 (they have lost four and drawn one of their five meetings since) and the Reds did the double over the Wales based outfit in the 1974/75 with 1-0 and 4-0 victories in England’s second tier.

It’s hard to see anything but a victory for David Moyes’ side this weekend with United’s impressive record against newly promoted sides. Cardiff have been poor at home on the whole, going almost three months between home wins, and it is is vital to survival in the league, a misery United will look to compound.

Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney have more league goals combined than Cardiff so far this season and provided United’s lethal duo are provided with adequate service, United should emerge victorious ahead of a busy run of fixtures for the Reds.

Do you think Manchester United will win? what will the score be?

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