Here are the sides David Moyes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have selected for the match at Old Trafford. Kick-off at 19:45 GMT.
Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Jones, Giggs, Young, Mata, Van Persie
Subs: Lindegaard, Cleverley, Fletcher, Januzaj, Kagawa, Hernandez, Rooney
Cardiff City: Marshall, Caulker, Hudson, John, Mcnaughton, Medel, Whitts, Noone, Mutch, Bellamy, Campbell
Subs: Lewis, Turner, Kim, Eikrem, Gunnarsson, Daehli, Berget
All of the build up to this game has centred around new Manchester United signing Juan Mata.
The Spaniard is a huge positive for United as they look to turn things around over the second half of the season. David Moyes’ men will be aiming to go within two points of Everton just ahead of them in the table as they look to secure Premier League football.
The aim for Cardiff this evening is simple; dig in, make it difficult for United to play and try to steal a result.
The Welsh side are bottom of the table on goal difference and former manager, and Manchester United legend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will encourage his players to give a good account of themselves.
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