Premier League Match Preview: Manchester United vs. Cardiff City

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Updated: January 22, 2014
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Match Date: 28 January 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Old Trafford

 

Manchester United

Manchester United’s hope of regaining their Premier League title was shattered to pieces when Chelsea trounced them in a comprehensive match at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho’s side shipped three points to place them very proximate to leaders Arsenal after Samuel Eto’o scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 triumph. The duel further exuded United’s inadequacies which also left them 14 points short of the table’s peak.

 

The win could have been more crucial to David Moyes and The Red Devils than their opponents, as it would determine their Champions League fate and was a gauge of whether they could extend further their unbeaten away run (in seven weeks) in the top-tier football—which they obviously failed to do so. Javier Hernandez was the only United player to net a goal in the battle, delivering it 12 minutes into full-time.

 

The side are currently placed seventh, six points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and fifth-placed Tottenham. With 16 games remaining, the troupe have to exhaust all the possibilities in order for them to seize a berth in the UEFA’s most important continental tournament.

 

Cardiff City

Cardiff City shipped a 12th defeat in the season after they were slammed by Manchester City 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium. While it was still a point-deprived fixture for The Bluebirds, the loss was less embarrassing than their previous upsets as they gave City a very good fight.

 

Edin Dzeko opened the scoring for the home side but was later equalized by Craig Noone. Jesus Navas gave City back the lead with a 33rd minute goal, and their gap was further widened by the goals from Yaya Toure and back-to-the-game Sergio Aguero. Fraizer Campbell claimed a Cardiff consolation in extra time.

 

Cardiff were very keen at delivering equalizers in the early part of the second half and that fighting quality could have at least pleased manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his side dropped to the table’s bottom.

 

Football betting tip: Although Manchester United and Cardiff are 13 spots or 18 points apart, they can make this encounter a grueling clash that will eventually result in a deadlock. The home side are very eager to ship another three points to add to their score sheet, but the visitors are also fighting very hard to save themselves from relegation.

 

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