Match Preview | Middlesbrough vs. Cardiff City
OPPOSITION FOCUS | IN THE DUGOUT
Middlesbrough’s manager is Michael Carrick, who formerly played as a midfielder for Manchester United.
Carrick came through the ranks at West Ham United, before going on to play for Tottenham Hotspur.
Moving on to Manchester United, Carrick made a remarkable 464 appearances for the Red Devils, winning the Premier League five times, as well as securing the Champions League in 2008.
Since retiring from his playing career, Carrick was part of the coaching staff at Manchester United, before moving to Middlesbrough in October 2022.
OPPOSITION FOCUS | SEASON SO FAR
Boro have had a disappointing start to the 2023/24 Sky Bet Championship campaign by their standards, currently sitting 21st in the table.
From their opening nine fixtures, Carrick’s side have eight points from a possible 27, succumbing to five defeats.
The last result will provide encouragement for Carrick however, as the side battled to a 3-2 victory at Watford.
KEY PLAYER | RILEY MCGREE
Middlesbrough’s top scorer so far this season is attacking-midfielder Riley McGree.
The Australian international has five goals and two assists to his tally, averaging a goal every 113 minutes.
McGree joined the club in 2022 from Charlotte FC, having also had a spell in the second-tier on loan at Birmingham City.
In Middlesbrough’s 3-2 victory over Watford last time out, McGree contributed with a brace.
CLUB CONNECTION | ANDY CAMPBELL
Striker Andy Campbell started his career with his hometown club Middlesbrough, breaking through the club’s youth system and making an impression in the first team.
Whilst making 56 league appearances for Boro, Campbell had loan spells at Sheffield United, Bolton Wanderers and Cardiff City during his time at the club.
The striker’s move to the Bluebirds was made permanent in 2002, adding to a talented strike force, which included the likes of Robert Earnshaw, Leo Fortune-West and Peter Thorne.
Campbell’s time in the Welsh capital is remembered for that famous goal in the 2003 Division Two play-off final against Queens Park Rangers, in which the striker secured City’s promotion to Division One.