Manchester United vs Cardiff predictions and betting tips for one of several Premier League matches that are largely without consequence for the two teams involved.
Cardiff City are already relegated and were aware of their fate a couple of weeks ago.
Their hosts on Sunday, United, are unable to make the Champions League spots with one game remaining.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be keen to arrest an alarming slide in his team’s performances but will frankly already have one eye on the summer recruitment process.
Kick-off time: 15:00pm.
Date: Sunday 12th May 2019.
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.
Another disappointing campaign for Manchester United means it’ll be fifth place at best for them once the dust settles on Sunday evening.
A victory over Cardiff City would have been considered a dead cert once upon a time although nothing is guaranteed after the way things have gone for the Red Devils in recent seasons.
Their campaign peaked after fortunately scraping past PSG in the Champions League last sixteen, with that sole highlight perfectly encapsulating how badly things have gone since August.
United are in serious jeopardy of becoming the sort of club their fans regularly mocked in the not too distant past, with Europa League appearances now becoming more of a rule rather than the exception.
Ed Woodward and his team have a huge summer ahead of them if United are to have any chance of being back competing with the country’s elite – never mind the best sides on the continent – and they have just one more game to navigate before beginning that process.
Those who watched Solskjaer’s troops labour to a draw away at Huddersfield last weekend surely wouldn’t invest heavily on a Red Devils victory here, even though they’re up against one of the division’s weakest teams.
There’s a school of thought that Cardiff have been victims of poor fortune on several occasions this season but the reality is they’ve not quite been good enough to survive over 38 games.
With that said, it certainly wouldn’t shock me if they gave the travelling Bluebirds something to cheer about at Old Trafford on Sunday, particularly as United have failed to win in eight of their Premier League home games.
That sort of stat is indicative of the Red Devils’ troubles and could look even worse before the weekend is over. I can see Warnock’s men nicking a point at least, with several firms offering bigger than 3/1 on them avoiding defeat.
There were a few eyebrows raised when the Premier League team of the season was announced, with many questioning how Paul Pogba featured after what observers concluded was an indifferent campaign. Few would argue that Pogba has looked the same player that won the World Cup last summer but there’s little doubt that he’s been one of United’s standout players – if that’s the right way of putting it. The former Juventus man boasts stats that probably belie his overall performances but he’s always worth backing to score given that penalty taking duties fall on his shoulders.
Manchester United to win – 2/7
Draw – 6/1
Cardiff to win – 10/1