Manchester United will finally be able to put a disappointing season to bed on Sunday when they host Cardiff City at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will firmly have his sights set on the summer following his team’s failure to finish in the top four, as they now prepare for a return to the Europa League. As for Cardiff, they are looking ahead to life back in the Championship after already being relegated from the top flight.
With no wins in five games, Manchester United’s season has ended with a whimper and they will be back playing on Thursday nights in 2019/20. United could’ve had an outside chance of finishing in the top-four this weekend had they not been held to a 1-1 draw away at bottom of the league Huddersfield last time out, with the result being a metaphor for their season on the whole. Following a strong start, Solskjaer has now seen his team win just two of their last 11 games in all competitions, with that run coming directly in the aftermath of their famous 3-1 win over PSG in the Champions League. At the top of Solskjaer’s list of priorities will be turning Old Trafford into a fortress once again, with the team managing just three wins in their last nine home games, those all being narrow one-goal successes against Southampton, Watford and West Ham.
Despite their best efforts, Cardiff will again be a Championship club next season after failing to beat the drop this term. With nine defeats in their last 11 games, Neil Warnock’s team have ultimately fallen short at the business end of the season, finding themselves on 31 points with just one game left to play. Warnock has already confirmed that he will continue as Cardiff boss next season and will be eager to give the club’s supporters something to cheer about on the final day of the campaign, though they have won just three times on the road in the Premier League this term. The Bluebirds don’t have a particularly impressive record against United either, with their last victory over them coming back in 1960, while their last away win against them came in 1954.
Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku are all set to miss out for the hosts here through injury. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already hinted at a number of the club’s youngsters featuring this weekend, giving hope to the likes of Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and James Garner.
Cardiff have a lengthy injury list heading into their trip to Old Trafford this weekend, with as many as six first-team players struggling with knocks. Sol Bamba, Matthew Connolly, Callum Paterson, Harry Arter, Joe Ralls and Victor Camarasa are all set to be unavailable to Neil Warnock this weekend.
Both teams to score NO at 13/10 with BetVictor – Despite Manchester United’s inconsistent form, Cardiff have failed to score in four of their last five away games and have struggled in head-to-head meetings against United in recent years.
Mason Greenwood anytime goalscorer at 7/5 with Bet365 – Solskjaer has already hinted at giving the young forward his first Premier League start this weekend and Greenwood has been scoring goals for fun at youth level this season.