Cardiff City v Manchester United - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Sunday 24th November 2013 at 16:00. Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff.

Odds: Cardiff City 5/1, Draw 31/10, Manchester United 8/13

Last season: N/A

Preview & injury news

Cardiff will be relatively happy with the start they have made to life in the Premier League, even if some of the stuff going on behind the scenes is unwelcome. At the moment they’re in 14th place in the table, two points above the drop zone having collected 12 points from their 11 games. This weekend is a massive fixture for them as they host the Champions in Manchester United, but they will think they can give United a run for their money, given that the sides that have visited Cardiff this season that have won have only done so by the odd goal.

United seem to have got themselves back in the thick of things and it looks a little brighter for David Moyes than it did six weeks ago, with his side now five points off the top in fifth position, having got a big win against Arsenal at Old Trafford last time out. Wayne Rooney is in impressive form and Robin Van Persie seems to be finding the net at the crucial time. Some would say things are looking a little ominous.

On the injury front, Cardiff’s only real concern is over record signing Andres Cornelius who has been struggling with an ankle injury for much of the season so far.

For David Moyes, his side have suffered a big blow with the news that midfielder Michael Carrick is ruled out for several weeks with an Achilles injury, though there are reports that he has resumed light training, whilst Phil Jones is out with a groin problem. Nemanja Vidic could return to the side after suffering concussion against Arsenal, Robin Van Persie should be fit after a groin problem whilst Rafael could return to the side.

Key stats

Fraizer Campbell, Jordon Mutch, and Steven Caulker are Cardiff City's top scorers in the Premier League with two goals each.

Robin Van Persie is Manchester United's top scorer in the Premier League with seven goals.

Cardiff City had 57% possession in their last league match, a 2-0 away defeat to Aston Villa.

Man United had 41% possession in their last league match, a 1-0 home win against Arsenal.

5 players to watch

Fraizer Campbell - Campbell can sometimes shine in the big games, and his pace can cause some defences problems. Having featured in every league game so far this season, he could be a danger to Manchester United if the game is tight. He may also be out to prove a point against his former club.

Tom Cleverley - With Michael Carrick sidelined for the next few weeks, the responsibility may fall to Tom Cleverley to pull the strings in the Manchester United midfield. It is a big role for him to fulfill but can he perform to the standard required?

Steven Caulker - Caulker has been pretty impressive since he signed for Cardiff at the back. This weekend he has the massive challenge of facing up to Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. Is Caulker up to the task?

Nemanja Vidic - The injury he suffered against Arsenal looked like a nasty one, so it will be interesting to see if David Moyes selects him for this game or saves him for the crucial Champions League tie against Bayer Leverkusen in midweek.

David Marshall - There have been times this season when Marshall's saves and ability have kept his side in the game at times. If Cardiff are to get anything from this fixture, he may have to be on top of his game once again.

Last time they met

Manchester United 4-0 Cardiff City - March 1975, [Old] Second Division

It was such a long time since these two sides last met that United were playing in the second tier of English football, something which you wouldn't imagine nowadays. This game was in the season when they bounced back from relegation as they won the second division. Stewart Houston opened the scoring for United, before Lou Macari doubled the home side's lead. Sammy McIlroy added a third for United before Stuart Pearson rounded off the scoring to give United a comfortable win.

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