England Premier League
Sunday 12th May 2019
Kick off at 3pm BST
Venue: Old Trafford
It was against Cardiff that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started his managerial career at Manchester United where the club won 5-1 and a new era seemed to be emerging at the famous club. Solskjaer had walked in with a smile wider than the city of Manchester, had embraced the players often critisised and rejected by outgoing manager Jose Mourinho and had brought not only a good feeling back to the club but an attacking one on the pitch. Then he criticised some of the teams displays and signed a 3 year contract and the rest as they say is history.
On form United would be 13th in the league and their recent matches means that they have missed out on a top 4 place and will not play Champions League football next season. For all of Mourinho’s problems, one could say that maybe the biggest problems lie at the feet of the players on the pitch, and one could say that the club have taken a step back. But perhaps they need to in order to go forward? Perhaps.
The match against Huddersfield the bottom club of the league confirmed United’s decline with that ending 1-1 despite Huddersfield having lost 28 games this season and they were losing that game. United could finish 5th if they win and Arsenal lose or draw this weekend but all in all this has been a poor season for the club with the briefest of rollercoaster rides that gave the club some hope.
Cardiff are finally down after a testing and poor season. They lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace last week which sealed their fate and this could be Neil Warnock’s last game in charge of the club and perhaps his last game as a manager full stop.
The Bluebirds come into this game having lost their last 3 in a row and will be underdogs to get anything here even if United have their own crisis going on. Cardiff have lost 4 of their last 5 games away from home.
Manchester United: Jesse Lingard could return after his knee injury and will be assessed. It was first thought that Romelu Lukaku could miss the last 2 games for United but he is being quoted at 50/50 to make this game after his hamstring injury. Alexis Sanchez will be assessed after injuring his ankle in the Huddersfield game. Valencia could finally return for the final game of the season after his knock back at the end of March
Cardiff: Victor Camarasa will be assessed after he picked up a minor hip injury, he is the only new concern coming into this game
Man Utd vs Cardiff Head to Head:
Earlier in the season Manchester United beat Cardiff 5-1.
The last time the clubs played at Old Trafford was in 2014 when United won 2-0.
Manchester United have scored 9 goals against Cardiff in the last 3 matches.
Man Utd vs Cardiff Prediction:
Manchester United are not worth the 1.20 being quoted to win this game after their poor form. However they should have enough to win this game at home based on the fact that Cardiff have worse form than them. One would hope that United put in a performance but that isn’t guaranteed with some of the players knowing that they will not be playing for the club next season. We can see Cardiff playing without pressure and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they managed to score here and both teams finding the net should be one of our picks. The other will be Lingard to get on the score sheet. He scored two against Cardiff earlier in the season, be sure to note if he will get to be picked ahead of his injury, if not back Marcus Rashford.
Man Utd vs Cardiff Betting Tips:
Both teams to score at 1.80
Anytime goalscorer: Jesse Lingard at 3.75
Correct Score: Manchester United to win 2-1 or 3-1 at 9.00 and 10.00