Five things we learned about Manchester United following Cardiff City draw

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Rooney and Evra provide talking points after match in Welsh capital.

For a long time it looked like United would continue their recent surge up the table with a hard-fought win over Malky Mackay's Cardiff City. Kim Bo-Young had other ideas though, scoring a fantastic equaliser in injury time. The match wasn't without it's controversy either, with Wayne Rooney very much at the centre of proceedings. Whether or not he should have been on the pitch when he scored the opener was the key matter for debate.

Below are five things we learned about United from the draw: 

Wayne Rooney may never get rid of that rash streak

Much has been made of Rooney's supposed improved temperament over the last couple of years, but the striker's actions in Wales demonstrated that he is still very much prone to unpredictable flashes of aggression. To put it simply, Rooney's kick out at Jordan Mutch as they jostled for the ball was a red card offence, and the England international will be lucky to escape retrospective punishment. It was also a rash and unnecessary thing to do, and it was a surprise when the referee only flashed a yellow card. That Rooney went on to score the opener only rubbed salt into Cardiff's wounds.

He may be small, but clubs need to learn how to mark Patrice Evra at set pieces

At just 5'9", Patrice Evra has to be the shortest aerial danger man in the league. A consistent menace at corners in recent years, quite how he managed to net against one of the most powerful aerial teams in the league, and then lose his man for the last gasp leveller, only he'll know. But a note to future opponents, maybe it's worth putting someone a little taller on him on that next corner.

Central midfield is still lacking

In what was a closely fought match, central midfield would normally be the place a United team would dominate. Against Cardiff both Marouane Fellaini and Tom Cleverley struggled to impose themselves on the game, failing to shield their defence while making little impact offensively. Fellaini even failed to make an impact in aerial battles. That Ryan Giggs can still be a viable option for the most demanding position in the team only highlights the opportunity to improve here for the Reds. 

Under have lost the fear factor they had under Ferguson

This would have been the kind of match Ferguson's United would have closed out comfortably. The fear factor associated with him and his team has faded somewhat under Moyes, and the fact United are conceding last minute goals rather than scoring them is evidence that opposition teams feel they can get something against this new Manchester United. When Kim's header went in, it would be hard to say they didn't deserve it.

Rebuilding remains Moyes' biggest challenge 

Though the United defence did well for much of the game, there is a lack of pace there for dealing with direct forwards. With the central midfield issues already discussed, and a lack of dominant top class wingers, there is plenty of room for improvement for David Moyes. It is particularly important that the United hierarchy persevere with the former Everton boss, though the failure of Fellaini to improve the team in any way may have given cause for concern about his transfer choices.  

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