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Monday, January 27, 2014

Manchester United vs Cardiff City
Competition: 2013/2014 English Premier League, Round 23   

Man United participated in a thrilling League Cup semifinal last Wednesday against Sunderland. Unfortunately for supporters of the Red Devils, it was yet another disappointment at Old Trafford as David Moyes' side missed a chance at the final in Wembley Stadium after some worrying breakdowns in composure and confidence. At season's start, Tuesday's clash with Cardiff would've been checked as an automatic win for the defending league champions, but now, it seems much more of a tossup. The Red Devils have now lost 5 of their last 6 games in all competitions, and a 6-point gap from 4th place will have fans screaming for Moyes' head. But it seems the board are reluctant to quit on Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement just yet, so the embattled Scot will once again lead his beleaguered troops onto the pitch. But good news is sooner than later for the Manchester club, as Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney could be fit and ready to start this game. Furthermore, crisis has convinced the board and Moyes to spend big on Chelsea's attacker Juan Mata (a club-record transfer fee) who could also be introduced for his first appearance in a must-win game. The Red Devils are well-rested here while the Bluebirds had a Saturday tie in the F.A. Cup.

Cardiff City have now gone winless in their last 6 league games, a stretch that saw them take just a measly draw against Sunderland. This form has dropped the Welsh club to last place in the league table as the players continue to adjust mid-season to the new manager's tactics. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has engineered a nice run through the 3rd and 4th rounds of the F.A. Cup with wins over Newcastle and Bolton, respectively, but his side's league form must pick up if they wish to push on in the top-flight next year. The Bluebirds have won just once this campaign on the road in league play, while drawing 3 times and losing 7 (including their last 4). But perhaps it's worthy to note that their two F.A. Cup wins both came on the road, so there's reason for optimism from the club's supporters. However, Tuesday they face a desperate team who has perhaps been rejuvenated by Juan Mata's arrival and the possible return of star men van Persie and Rooney. Boasting the league's second-worst goal record at just 17 netted this season, Cardiff City look to be in trouble here.

Match date: Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Kick Off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, United Kingdom

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]





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