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Man Utd Predicted Starting XI To Face Cardiff – Mata & Rooney To Start?

Manchester United play host to Cardiff City at Old Trafford on Tuesday night looking to kick start their push for the top-four. Here’s our predicted line-up.


Manchester United play host to Cardiff City at Old Trafford on Tuesday night looking to kick start their push for the top-four.

All eyes will be on new signing Juan Mata after he completed his big-money move from Chelsea over the weekend and after taking part in full training with his new team mates on Monday, David Moyes is expected to hand the Spaniard his debut tomorrow night.

Mata could be deployed in the ‘hole’ behind Danny Welbeck with Adnan Januzaj and Antonio Valencia on the wings. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie also took part in full training this afternoon but Moyes is likely to be cautious with the duo after their injury frustrations so substitute roles are probably the best they can hope for.

Nemanja Vidic remains suspended so Chris Smalling could start alongside Jonny Evans in defence with Phil Jones partnered by Darren Fletcher in midfield with Michael Carrick missing with an ankle injury.

Here is the team Moyes could go with:

What do you think of our team? What line-up would you choose for the game? Share your views below.



  1. Emmanuel elijah

    January 27, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Welbeck should be out and roony in let se how mata can connect to roony in the front

    • NGC44

      January 28, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      agreed…Welbeck cant hit a barn door from 5 feet no matter who plays behind him…its not wise to feed caviar to a cat…I’ve said for a long time Welbeck should go and join O’Shea and Brown at Sundeland…he’s tailor made for a team like that…perhaps we’d be in the final now if Danny boy had been upfront for them last week instead of us…

  2. Peter

    January 27, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I would prefer using henerdenz instead of danny welbeck, and if rooney is to start i would not use smailin instead i will use jones and then flecther with mata in a 4 4 2 formation januzaj on the left valencia on the right, and rooney with hernedez stricking

  3. john jimmy

    January 28, 2014 at 3:27 am

    De gea, Smaling, Evans,Phil jones, Evra,fletcher,mata,januzaj, valencial, Rooney and Hanaderz..Danny welbeck should be sold or loan.

  4. john jimmy

    January 28, 2014 at 3:40 am

    If David Moyes want to see soccer warriors against cadif, then try this formation…. De gea, Smaling, Evans ,Jones,Evra, Fletcher , Valencial,, Januzaj,, Mata,,Rooney,,Hanaderz,, then Danny welbeck should be sold or loan out…. Then you see and know Man Utd’s are soccer warriors. .

  5. S. O. Adejoh

    January 28, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Moyes should be careful with this Wellbeck. I prefer Chicharito to beck.

  6. Noble Henry

    January 28, 2014 at 5:52 am

    all the same. at this stage of the league, any team Moyes parades against Cardiff is capable of beating them well.

  7. Ericko ruto

    January 28, 2014 at 10:36 am

    phil jones should start rather than smalling, and fellaini should not start.

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