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Match Preview: Manchester United vs. Cardiff City

8 May 2019

The Bluebirds face the Red Devils at Old Trafford for our final Premier League match of the season..

The opposition

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Cardiff City travel to Manchester to face a United side without a win in their previous four Premier League encounters. Their last taste of victory came at home against Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham on 13th April. The 13-time Premier League champions’ most recent match saw them draw 1-1 with last-placed Huddersfield Town - the result ending United’s chances of UEFA Champions League qualification.

Earlier in the season, United exited the Carabao Cup and FA Cup at the hands of Derby County and Wolves respectively. Despite a disappointing Premier League campaign, the club reached the Quarter Final stages of this season’s UEFA Champions League, defeating Paris Saint Germain on away goals in the last 16, before bowing out to Barcelona

In the hot seat

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On the 19th December 2018, Ole Gunnar Solskjær was unveiled as the club’s caretaker boss, following the departure of José Mourinho.

After a formidable run of form which saw him triumph in his opening six Premier League fixtures, the 46-year-old was handed the role on a permanent basis on 28th March. Since the boss put pen-to-paper to a three-year contract at Old Trafford his side have registered two wins from nine matches in all competitions.

Prior to his current job, the Kristiansund-born boss managed Molde FK, who he guided to two Norwegian First Division titles. He joined the Bluebirds in January 2014, but after a spell which saw him secure nine wins from 30 matches in charge, the Norwegian departed the club and later reunited with Molde FK.

During his playing days, he was a club legend for the Red Devils, with whom he collected six Premier League titles and two FA Cups. His greatest achievement at the club came when his famous winning goal against Bayern Munich in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final sealed the club’s treble during their 1998-1999 campaign.

Squad info

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The Red Devils are set to be without several senior players ahead of this Sunday’s encounter. Eric BaillySergio RomeroJesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Valencia all missed the club’s last Premier League encounter against the Terriers, whilst Alexis Sánchez also remains a doubt after he was forced off through injury against Jan Siewert’s men.

Playing connections

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Former Bluebirds fans’ favourite Fábio da Silva made 56 appearances for our opponents, netting 3 times. During his time in Manchester, he won the 2010-2011 Premier League title as well as the Community Shield in the same season. At the end of January 2014, the Brazilian joined the Bluebirds during our 2013-2014 Premier League campaign and represented the club 68 times in all competitions.

Federico Macheda is another to have represented both the Bluebirds and our opposition. The now 27-year-old netted five goals for the Red Devils from 36 appearances. The Italian’s most memorable strike came deep into injury-time against Aston Villa at Old Trafford in April 2009, stealing the headlines in a 3-2 win. In May 2014, he joined the Bluebirds and during his spell in South Wales he netted 8 times in 33 appearances. Macheda is currently plying his trade for Greek outfit Panathinaikos.

Wilfried Zaha won the Community Shield for the Red Devils in 2013, but after a lack of first team football, he signed for the Bluebirds on a season-long loan deal on deadline day in January 2014, going on to make 13 appearances for the Club.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Manchester United 0-2 Cardiff City

12 May 2019

Cardiff City concluded the 2018/19 season with three points and a clean sheet as they secured a famous 2-0 victory at Old Trafford.

Neil Warnock made two changes to the side that started against Crystal Palace last week, starting Ken Zohore and Leandro Bacuna in the place of Danny Ward and Víctor Camarasa, respectively.

Manchester United had the first real chance of the match, as Mason Greenwood met a cross on the edge of City’s six yard box, but headed high over the bar. The Bluebirds responded soon afterwards through Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who burst into the box from the wing with the ball at his feet and shot just wide from an acute angle.

Neil Etheridge pulled off a pair of good saves before the quarter hour mark, denying Andres Pereira’s ranged effort and later tipping Greenwood’s headed effort wide.

City dealt well with the challenges posed, before applying the pressure themselves.

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Ken Zohore led an attack deep into the opposing half with 20 minutes played, linking up well with Bobby Decordova-Reid and Josh Murphy to drive towards United's area. The Dane's shot was saved, however.

Zohore's attack set a precedent for the Bluebirds, who opened the scoring shortly afterwards.

Cardiff City were awarded a penalty with 20 minutes played, as Mendez-Laing was brought down inside the area. The winger stood up to the take the penalty that he had earned, and sent David de Gea the wrong way, putting City ahead.

Greenwood nearly equalised for the hosts only a minute later, but his shot from inside the area was deflected and tipped wide by Etheridge, shooting off the far post. Paul Pogba would later have been on the receiving end of a low cross inside City’s area if not for a timely interception by Josh Murphy, whose outstretched foot sent the ball out of the French international’s reach.

City nearly doubled their lead on several occasions before the interval. Aron Gunnarsson’s through ball nearly met the head of Bobby Decordova-Reid at the edge of United’s six yard box, and a minute later de Gea was forced to tip Josh Murphy’s curled shot over the bar.

City did find their second with 54 minutes played, as Mendez-Laing grabbed his brace. Josh Murphy again found himself in Manchester United’s penalty area with the ball, and drew both the hosts’ defenders and de Gea before coolly passing across the face of goal to Mendez-Laing, who slotted the ball home. 

Aron Gunnarsson was substituted for Jazz Richards with 58 minutes played. This would be the Icelandic international’s final appearance for the Bluebirds following eight years at the club, having made over 270 league appearances for City. He received a standing ovation from the City faithful when walking off the pitch.

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Etheridge denied both Marcus Rashford and substitute Antonio Valencia in the five minutes following, tipping two dangerous efforts wide. He was again called up with twenty minutes remaining, reaching high to keep  Pogba’s shot out.

Cardiff City held strong at the back to preserve their two-goal lead, defending exceptionally well to keep United out of the game. Skipper Sean Morrison led City’s defence, effectively reading his opponents’ attacks and intercepting crosses well under pressure.

Neil Warnock’s men held on through four minutes of injury time and came away with three points, concluding the 2018/19 season with an away win.

Full-Time: Manchester United 0-2 Cardiff City

Manchester United: de Gea, Jones (Martial 46'), Pogba, Rashford, Smalling, Lingard, Pereira (Gomes 73’), Young, Dalot (Valencia 73’), McTominay, Greenwood. Subs not used: Romero, Mata, Fred, Garner.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Peltier, Bennett, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Zohore (Ward 73’), Murphy, Decordova-Reid, Bacuna, Gunnarsson (Richards 58’), Mendez-Laing (Hoilett 79’). Subs not used: Murphy, Cunningham, Harris, Healey.

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Ticket News

SOLD OUT: Manchester United vs. Cardiff City

Old Trafford - Sunday 12th May. KO: 3pm.

30 April 2019

Update 30/04/19: Away tickets for this fixture have now sold out. Many thanks for your fantastic support!

Ticket Prices:

Adults: £30
Over 64: £15
18-20: £22.50
16-17: £15
Under 16: £10

On Sale Date & Selling Structure:

10am Thursday 25th April until 5pm on Monday 29th April 2019.

  • Tickets will become available to current Season Ticket Holders who have attended 6 or more away league games during the 2018/19 season.
  • Tickets will also become available to current Club Members, and Flex5+ Holders who have attended 8 or more away league games during the 2018/19 season.

10am on Tuesday 30th April 2019.

  • Remaining tickets will become available to current Season Ticket Holders, Club Members, and Flex5+ Holders.

Qualifying 2018/19 away league games – up to and including Brighton & Hove Albion.

Strictly one ticket per qualifying supporter.

All tickets are subject to availability.

033 33 11 1920

https://www.eticketing.co.uk/cardiffcity

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