Predicted Man Utd Starting XI To Face Cardiff – Mata To Return?

By on March 20, 2014

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Manchester United take on Cardiff City on Saturday evening looking keep alive their faint hopes of finishing in the top four. Here’s our predicted line-up for the game.

United should be going into the game on a high following their mid-week heroics, coming from 2-0 down to beat Olympiakos 3-0 in the second leg to qualify for the quarter finals of the Champions League.

It was a rare highlight in what’s otherwise been a disappointing season, so David Moyes would be wise to stick with much of the team that served him so well on Wednesday night.

Nemanja Vidic is suspended after being sent off against Liverpool last Sunday and with Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling still injury doubts, Rio Ferdinand may have to play his second game in four days. Otherwise, the back five should remain in tact.

The ever-green Ryan Giggs put in a virtuoso display against the Greeks and although his 40-year-old legs haven’t got as many miles left in them as they used to, I’d start him again this weekend as he was outstanding alongside Michael Carrick. Plus, he’ll have the added incentive of playing against his boyhood club.

Danny Welbeck was also very good in midweek and I think his hard-working performance will see him retain his place in the attack, and he should be joined by Juan Mata who could come in for Antonio Valencia – who took a nasty knock to his eye last time out.

Robin van Perise was stretchered off late on after taking a kick to his knee, but Moyes doesn’t think it’s anything serious and I’m sure United will do all they can to get the Dutchman leading the attack with Wayne Rooney providing support.

Here’s the team I think we’ll see Moyes put out this weekend:

What do you think of my team? What line-up would you go with? Share your suggestions below….

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6 Comments

  1. Drewajh73

    March 20, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    United play West Ham on Saturday… Adnan not Welbeck Valencia instead of Giggs but out on the right with Mata more central..

  2. Decimus

    March 20, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Pathetic. Can’t even get your facts right. We play west ham this week, amateur. EPIC FAIL.

  3. andyblu

    March 21, 2014 at 1:46 am

    hahaha you are a football catastrophe and a joke…..
    you must be drunk writing that….. liverpool play cardiff this week.
    WHO GAVE YOU THE JOB HERE HAHAHAHAHAHAAHA

  4. Fidelis E.

    March 21, 2014 at 6:25 am

    It is West Ham vs Man utd not cadiff, I think it is time to feature Nani since He have started Training, Nani and Januzaj on wings, Rooney and Vanpersie if he is fit or welbeck up-front, In Mid = Carrick could have Rest, Play Kagawa and fellaini to see what They can do there, Evra and Rapheal at Fullbacks, Then Ferdinand and Jones continue at Centre Backs and De gea on Goal post, 4-4-2 formation.

  5. Fidelis E.

    March 21, 2014 at 6:26 am

    It is West Ham vs Man utd not cadiff, I think it is time to feature Nani since He have started Training, Nani and Januzaj on wings, Rooney and Vanpersie if he is fit or welbeck up-front, In Mid = Carrick could have Rest, Play Kagawa and fellaini to see what They can do there, Evra and Rapheal at Fullbacks, Then Ferdinand and Jones continue at Centre Backs and De gea on Goal post, 4-4-2 Diamond formation.

  6. Tony C

    March 21, 2014 at 9:33 am

    united is in high spirit after trashing of olimpiacos in the champion league,and I strongly believe we are going to win westham united .

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