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Manchester United v Cardiff: Bluebirds Out Solskjær Safe For Now!

Manchester United Aim To End Their Season On A High As Cardiff Prepare For Another Season In The Championship. Team News. Manager Comments. Opta Stats and Prediction.

By: Marc Gingell

In 2014, when Cardiff were last relegated from the Premier League, they had Ole Gunnar Solskjær in charge. Now they’re going down again and Solskjær is presiding over their last rites! But Solskjær needs a massive improvement next season to guarantee his Manchester United future!

Match Details

12-May Old Trafford Manchester United v Cardiff City
KO: 15:00 REF: J Moss

Manchester United Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Eric Bailly Knee injury.
  • 50% Chance of Playing:  Romelu Lukaku Hamstring injury.
  • 75% Chance of Playing: Jesse Lingard Knee injury. Sergio Romero Knee injury. Antonio Valencia Knock. Anthony Martial Knock. Mason Greenwood Knock.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhK9zVc8eDA

Cardiff Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Sol Bamba Knee injury. Matthew Connolly Ankle injury. Callum Paterson Ankle injury. Joe Ralls Hamstring injury.
  • 50% Chance of Playing: Víctor Camarasa Dead leg.
  • 25% Change of Playing: Harry Arter Calf injury.

Opta Stats

  • Manchester United have won 18 of their 26 closing day Premier League games, more than any other side in the competition. They’ve not lost such a game since 2006-07 (0-1 vs West Ham).
  • Manchester United have kept just two clean sheets at Old Trafford this season. Even if they don’t concede in this game, it will be their fewest home clean sheets in a single league season since 1962-63 (2).
  • Man Utd are winless in their last four Premier League games (D2 L2), last going five without a win in May 2017. They’d only failed to win four of their opening 16 Premier League matches under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær (W12 D2 L2).
  • Cardiff have won just two points from 69 available in Premier League games against the six ever-present sides (P23 W0 D2 L21).
  • Cardiff have led at half-time in just three Premier League games this season – only two teams have ever done so on fewer occasions in a season; Derby County in 2007-08 (1) and QPR in 2012-13 (2). Manchester United have given more players their Premier League debuts in the final match of the season than any other side (11), with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær handing out two debuts in his only previous final day Premier League match as a manager when he was Cardiff boss in 2013-14 (Tom James and Rhys Healey).
  • Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has lost all four of his away matches at Old Trafford against Manchester United as a manager in all competitions, losing with Notts County in 1991, Bury in 1998, Sheffield United in 2007 and Crystal Palace in 2014.
  • Man Utd’s Paul Pogba either scored or assisted a goal in nine of his first 11 Premier League games under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, scoring eight goals and providing six assists. Since then, he’s only scored or assisted in one of his nine such appearances (2 goals).
  • Manchester United are unbeaten in their last eight league meetings with Cardiff (W6 D2) since a 0-3 away loss in November 1960.
  • Cardiff have never kept a clean sheet in 15 away games against Man Utd in all competitions (W3 D6 L6).

Prediction

Forty years in football management and it appears that Neil Warnock would like one more season. Over the years he’s been a right pain but this season he’s been interesting and his team have battled for him. At Old Trafford, they will battle again and could take a point.

Manchester United 1 Cardiff City 1 

 

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