Preview - Manchester United vs Cardiff City 12 May 19

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Match Day 38
Manchester United vs. Cardiff City
Sunday, May 12th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Old Trafford

Manchester United: 
Last five matches form: W L L D D
Average goals per match: 1.76
Average goals against per match: 1.41
Top Scorer: Paul Pogba (13)

Cardiff City:
Last five matches form: L W L L L
Average goals per match: 0.86
Average goals against per match: 1.86
Top Scorer: Bobby Reid & Victor Camarasa (5)

The final Match Day of the Premier League season sees a clash between two sides who have endured turbulent and ultimately disappointing seasons as Manchester United welcome Cardiff City to Old Trafford.

Manchester United can now finish now higher than fifth, and a place in the Europa League is scant consolation for a club which expects to be challenging for the league title. Likely the last game in a United shirt for a few of these players, spirits certainly can't be particularly high headed into the game, although a win would at least give them a chance of finishing above big rivals Arsenal.

Cardiff of course will be playing in the Championship next season. One of the favourites for relegation prior to the start of the season, they battled hard but simply didn't possess the required quality in the end.

United posted a rare big win in the reverse of this fixture when winning 5-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium. The most recent game between the sides here came back in 2014, with United running out 2-0 winners on that occasion.

Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Eric Bailly all miss out for the home side. Cardiff will be without Sol Bamba, Joe Ralls, Callum Paterson and Matthew Connolly.

It's very difficult to know what to expect from this game. On balance though Manchester United really should have the quality to pick up the points, particularly in their final home game of the season.

Prediction: Manchester United 4 - 1 Cardiff City


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  26 - 13
Shots on target: 10 - 4
Corner Kicks: 11 - 2
Possession: 73% - 27%

Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard were all booked for the home side, with referee Jonathan Moss also taking the names of Leandro Bacuna, Josh Murphy and Sean Morrison of Cardiff City.

Any home fans heading to Old Trafford looking for a positive end to what has been a turbulent and disappointing season didn't find it. Such has been the attitude of some of these United players, that it seemed somehow fitting that they should end their campaign by being humbled at home by already relegated Cardiff City.

United weren't outright awful here - they were well clear in all the key stats - but simply couldn't find a way through against a Cardiff City outfit who seemed intent on ending their stay in the Premier League on a high note.

The Bluebirds took the lead in the 23rd minute. Diogo Dalot harshly adjudged to have brought down Nathanie Mendez-Laing in the left of the area and the referee pointing to the spot. Mendez-Laing himself stepping up to fire in to the right of centre. 0-1 at the break.

Six minutes into the second half Neil Warnock's men doubled their advantage. Where on earth the United defence went here only they know. Joshua Murphy breaking into the right of the area and finding Mendez-Laing all alone for the tap in at the far post. 0-2 final score.

United head to the Europa League next season having finished in sixth spot. Fully 32 points adrift of Manchester City, plans will likely already be underway as to how to close what now looks to be an insurmountable gulf between the sides.

Third bottom for Cardiff who were only two points off survival in the end.

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