Cardiff will be a tough nut for Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær to crack, with the ‘Bluebirds’ having picked up nine of their 14 points (64%) in their last six Premier League (PL) games (W3, L3). Entertainment is seldom in short supply, with their matches seeing a total 2.94 goals per game this PL season.
Only Fulham (42) have conceded more than Cardiff’s 33, but Neil Warnock’s men have been impressive at home lately, with four wins in their last five PL games (W4, L1) in the Welsh capital, meaning that they have now won 13 of their 14 points at home (93%).
United have won just once in five PL matches (W1, D3, L1), and the last time they let 29 goals in at this stage was in 1962/63. Indeed, United’s tally of 29 conceded goals is already more than they shipped in the entirety of last season.
The visitors are winless in three PL trips (D1, L2) – their worst away league run since the Spring of 2017. United have conceded an average of exactly two goals per away game this season, while also conceding more than one goal in six of their nine PL trips.
Players to watch: Callum Paterson (CAR) has four PL goals this season, while Marcus Rashford(MUN) has two goals and two assists in his last three club appearances.
Stat attack: United and Cardiff have won nine points each from losing positions this PL season, with only Arsenal (12) winning more.
Cardiff have won just once in their last 12 H2H league matches with United (W1, D3, L8), last beating them in the league back in November 1960.
Six of United’s nine PL away games have each produced over 3.5 total goals.
No less than 14 of United’s 17 PL games have seen both teams score.
Will not play
Referee: Oliver M. (Eng),
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium (Cardiff)