Manchester United and Cardiff City meet at Old Trafford, in a match for the 38 th round of the Premier League. In the last direct confrontation for this edition of the league, on 12/22/2018, Manchester United won it out by (1-5). In this game the home factor may be decisive, since Cardiff City presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
After 19 wins, 9 draws and 9 losses, the home team is currently in the 6 th position, with 66 points won. In their last match, they tied in an away match against Huddersfield Town, by (1-1), after in the previous match they tied at home (1-1), in a match against Chelsea. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses in away matches, with 26 goals scored and 18 conceded; against 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 27 goals scored and 18 conceded. In the last 10 home league matches Manchester United has a record of 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss, so they have won 21 points out of 30 possible. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 13 of the last 18 matches for this competition have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 37 matches in the competition, he suffered the first goal 15 times and only managed 3 comebacks.
Manchester United comes to this game with a draw, 1-1, in the field trip to Huddersfield, adding the fourth consecutive game without winning in this competition: the only goal of the team was scored by Scott McTominay. In this last day the club of the house needs to win to get direct access to the Europa League next year. In this confrontation with Cardiff, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must keep the team in a 4-4-2, privileging the maintenance of possession of the ball and organized attacks through the flanks. The French midfielder Paul Pogba is the best gunner of Manchester United, with 13 goals scored in the championship. The local coach has the confirmed absences of Bailly, Lukaku and Sánchez, all due to physical problems.
After 9 wins, 4 draws and 24 losses, the away team is currently in the 18 th position, with 31 points won. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Fulham, by (1-0). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Crystal Palace, by (2-3). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 1 draw and 11 losses in away matches; against 6 victories, 1 draw and 8 defeats in their stadium. For the league, Cardiff City won 10 points out of 30 possible points, after 3 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses in the last 10 home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (8 out of 18 matches). The team allowed goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it was not very strong defensively. In their away matches for this competition there is a tendency for few goals, since in 11 of the last 18 they played there were less than 3 goals. This is a team that usually scores a few times first: they only opened the scoring in 8 of their last 37 matches for the Premier League, of these 8 they reached the break in advantage in 3 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in 6. In 37 matches in this tournament, suffered the first goal 25 times and only got 3 comebacks. In the last 18 away matches for this competition there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 7 of their 11 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The Cardiff comes to this game with a defeat, by 2-3, in the reception at Crystal Palace, thus registering the third defeat in this competition: the goals of the team were scored by Bobby Reid and Martin Kelly (autogol). It should be noted that the visiting club already knows that they will not avoid relegation for the English second division. In this game away from home, coach Neil Warnock must keep the 4-4-2, with Bobby Reid and Danny Ward the most advanced pieces of the team: the first is one of the best markers of Cardiff, with 5 goals scored. For this game the outside trainer can not count on Sol Bamba, Paterson, Connolly, Joe Ralls and Arter, all with physical problems.