Man Utd vs Cardiff preview | United injury problems | Expected XI’s | Prediction
This is our match preview ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Cardiff City at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester United will look to end a hugely disappointing season on a high note when they take on Cardiff City at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
United were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium last weekend which made it impossible for the Red Devils to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.
They head into the final game of the campaign sitting sixth in the table – four points off fourth-placed Tottenham – so the best they can hope for is to leapfrog Arsenal into fifth. The Gunners are just one point ahead so if they slip-up at Burnley then United can snatch fifth with a win over Cardiff.
The season may have petered out on a whimper but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be confident of ending the campaign with a win as they’ll be up against a Cardiff side who have already been consigned to playing in the Championship next season.
United have concerns over Romelu Lukaku as he’s expected to miss out with a hamstring injury while Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial are also major doubts for the game this weekend.
Eric Bailly is certain to miss out with a knee injury but Jesse Lingard could return from a hamstring problem while Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera could make their final appearances in a Man Utd shirt before leaving the club this summer.
Solskjaer is ready to give some of his youngsters a taste of first team action with James Garner, Dylan Levitt, Arnau Puigmal, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood all training with the squad this week.
Cardiff will be without midfielder Harry Arter due to a calf strain while Sol Bamba, Matthew Connolly, Joe Ralls and Callum Paterson are also all out through injury.
Man Utd 3-0 Cardiff: United haven’t won any of their last four league games and have kept just two clean sheets at Old Trafford all season so they will be disappointed with how the campaign has ended. However, Man Utd are unbeaten in their last eight meetings with Cardiff and the visitors have endured a tough season so I can’t see past a routine home win.
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