Kick-off: 1500, 12/05/2019
Stadium: Old Trafford
Manchester United are out of the race to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League, while Cardiff are already relegated, so Sunday’s clash is something of an anti-climax.
However, with the pressure being off both teams, that could well lead to an entertaining encounter at Old Trafford, especially if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bloods some youngsters.
We’re going with 6/5 for a home win and both teams to score for our opening Man Utd vs Cardiff prediction.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United had to endure yet another frustrating result when only drawing 1-1 at bottom club Huddersfield, but that was a good outcome for followers of our tips on that match.
We were on the Red Devils not to win at 23/10 and the Terriers to score last at 27/10.
Scott McTominay gave United an early lead at John Smith’s Stadium and Paul Pogba twice hit the bar, but some calamitous defending by Luke Shaw allowed Isaac Mbenza in to equalise.
“Effort and attitude was not the problem,” Solskjaer said. “The players were running and trying. We just weren’t good enough. That is the problem.
“We could have, should have, played better. It is a fair reflection, being sixth.”
Solskjaer could ring the changes here ahead of a summer clear-out, but will still be keen to sign off with a win, having begun his tenure with a 5-1 romp at Cardiff just before Christmas.
Looking at the 9/1 for a 3-1 home victory this time.
Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Jones, Young, Shaw, Pogba, Mata, Matic, McTominay, Sanchez, Rashford.
Solskjaer is set to inject some youth into his line-up, with doubts over Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial.
Club captain Antonio Valencia is set to depart at the end of an injury-hit campaign but is in line for his first appearance since January, while Jesse Lingard could also return.
A Look At Cardiff City’s Betting Odds
Cardiff’s relegation was confirmed when a 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace made it three straight defeats for the Bluebirds.
A Martin Kelly own goal and Bobby Reid’s stoppage-time consolation made the scoreline closer than it probably should have been, but did also highlight the willing spirit in the Welsh outfit.
“We gave everything we could throughout the season,” Neil Etheridge said. “We fought hard to the end, but unfortunately we fell short. The Premier League is a tough league to stay in.
“We need to take time off in the summer now and look forward to next season in the Championship. Thankfully, we’ve got a great squad and togetherness in the team and the club.”
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see City keep plugging away at Old Trafford and we feel they could be rewarded with a goal in the second half.
Let’s add 11/5 for the visitors to score more times after the break than before to our Man Utd vs Cardiff betting tips.
Last Cardiff line-up: Etheridge, Peltier, Bennett, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Murphy, Reid, Gunnarsson, Camarasa, Ward, Mendez-Laing.
Loan pair Harry Arter and Victor Camarasa are absent for relegated Cardiff and have played their final games for the club.
Arter has missed the last month with a calf strain, while Camarasa was forced off against Palace last weekend with a dead leg.
Huddersfield 1-1 MAN UTD – Scott McTominay
CARDIFF 2-3 Crystal Palace – Martin Kelly (og), Bobby Reid
Head-to-head: Cardiff 1-5 Man Utd
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