Manchester United vs Cardiff City Preview: Where to Watch, Kick Off Time, Live Stream & Team News

​Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will welcome his former side to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon when Manchester United host Cardiff City in both teams’ final match of the season. 

After failing to beat an already relegated Huddersfield last time out, United’s outside chance of playing Champions League football next season is over. 

With rumours of a new technical director being brought in during the summer, as well as a mass player exodus during the transfer window, fans of the Red Devils will be hoping that next year proves to be a far more fruitful campaign. 

While United’s hierarchy will already be making plans for the 2019/20 Premier League season, their opponents this Sunday will not be playing in England’s premier division again for at least 15 months.

After succumbing to a 3-2 loss at the Cardiff City Stadium against Crystal Palace last Saturday, the Bluebirds’ relegation to the Championship was confirmed – albeit a lot later in the season than many would have predicted. 

Check out 90min’s preview of the ​game below.


Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off? ​Sunday 12th May
What Time Is Kick Off? ​15:00 (BST)
Where Is it Being Played? ​Old Trafford
TV Channel/Live Stream? ​Gillette Soccer Saturday/BT Score
Referee? ​Jonathan Moss

Team News

After exiting the field with an ankle injury in last Sunday’s fixture, and with heavy rumours that he will leave in the summer, the Old Trafford faithful may well have seen the last of Alexis Sanchez in a Manchester United shirt.

Antonio Valencia and Juan Mata are other rumored departees this summer, so expect Solskjaer to give the fans the chance to say goodbye to these servants of the club.


Other notable absentees include Eric Bailly and Romelu Lukaku. With an eye on potential options for next season, the United manager may well look for replacements among some of his more talented young prospects.

A long and tiring season finally appears to have caught up with Neil Warnock’s men. With up to six of his regular starters potentially ruled out due to injury – including talismanic centre back Sol Bamba – the Bluebirds lineup will also have more of an experimental feel to it.

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Predicted Lineups

Manchester United ​De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, McTominay, Pogba; Mata; Greenwood, Rashford.
Cardiff City ​Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Manga, Bennett; Mendez-Laing, Gunnarsson, Bacuna, Hoilett; Cordova-Reid; Zohore.

Head to Head Record

With both teams having spent the bulk of their time at opposite ends of the English football leagues, the head to head history between them is a little closer than one might expect. 

Of the 30 games the two clubs have played, Manchester United have won 15 of them, with Cardiff picking up seven scalps along the way. However, all of Cardiff’s victories were recorded pre 1960 and they have failed to beat United in their last eight attempts.

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The corresponding fixture between these teams back in December was Solskjaer’s first game in charge of United after replacing Jose Mourinho. The Red Devils ran riot on that day, with Jesse Lingard grabbing a brace and Paul Pogba picking up three assists in the sort of performance that United fans have been clamoring for regularly from the Frenchman since his arrival.


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When these sides last met, it acted as the catalyst for a remarkable United resurgence that saw them go on an impressive 12 game unbeaten run in the Premier League, and overturn an improbable first leg deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League. 

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However, in recent weeks United’s performances have dropped off at an alarming rate. After being comfortably outclassed by Barcelona across both legs of their Champions League quarter final, Solskjaer’s men were then thrashed 4-0 by Everton at Goodison Park. These results were followed by a loss at home to Manchester City, and a pair of drab draws that ended their pursuit for a top four finish. 

After picking up a huge win away to Brighton back in April, it seemed like Cardiff could well defy all the odds by avoiding relegation. Unfortunately, the Bluebirds followed that result with three successive losses that ensured they would be playing Championship football next season.

This is how both sides have fared in their last five fixtures in all competitions:

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​Huddersfield 1-1 Manchester United (5/5) ​Cardiff 2-3 Crystal Palace (4/5)
​Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (28/4) ​Fulham 1-0 Cardiff (27/4)
​Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City (24/4) ​Cardiff 0-2 Liverpool (21/4)
​Everton 4-0 Manchester United (21/4) ​Brighton 0-2 Cardiff (16/4)
​Barcelona 3-0 Manchester United (16/4) ​Burnley 2-0 Cardiff (13/4)

Prediction

With both sides being in the unenviable position of having little to play for in the last game of the season, the match has the potential to be more relaxed than riveting. 


Neil Warnock’s men will undoubtedly be desperate to give their traveling supporters something to cheer about in the last Premier League match they’ll get to watch for quite some time, but the sheer number of injuries will probably prove too much for the Bluebirds.

United will be equally keen to pick up a victory in their last outing of the season, having gone winless in the last five. However, the lack of fluency and effort shown in recent weeks will be a big concern for all of those at Old Trafford on Sunday. 

Expect United to be too strong in a scrappy affair. 

Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Cardiff

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90min’s Definitive European Power Rankings: Week 32

Following a week in which: 

– Barcelona were TERRIBLE.

– Lionel Messi was TERRIBLE.

– Tottenham Hotspur were BRILLIANT.

– Liverpool were BRILLIANT.

We, using the coolest filmography of all time – yes, the great Sergio Leone’s filmography – rank the best teams in Europe. Or, in other words, tell you that Premier League teams are the best in Europe. 


15) RB Leipzig (-)

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“To try robbing us would be so futile that only a complete fool would attempt it.”

“Yeah. Or a complete madman.” (For a Few Dollars More) 

This season, RB Leipzig have continued to upset the apple cart* in the Bundesliga. All set for a comfortable third place finish, and set to be coached by the most exciting young manager in Europe next season, Julian Nagelsmann, Die Bullen have put the whole league on notice. 

*It’s by no means a fairytale story though as they’re basically just a subsidiary of a multi-national company.


14) Wolves (Re-Entry) 

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“It’s easy enough to steal. The trouble is in keeping the loot.” (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)

Top seven finish? Check.

One of the best young players in Europe? Check.

One of the best young players in Europe who is set to stay for the foreseeable future? Maybe not, but if Wolves can keep Ruben Neves for the long term, they’re going to be a serious force to be reckoned with. 


13) Bayer Leverkusen (New Entry)

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“One, two, three, four, five, six. Six. Perfect number.”

“Huh. Isn’t three the perfect number?”

“Mm…yeah. But I’ve got six more bullets in my gun.” (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)

Six of the best! 

Six of one, half a dozen for the other! 

The magnificent six! No, that’s not right. 

Anyways, out of absolutely nowhere, Bayer Leverkusen FINALLY showed just how good they are last weekend.

Beating Eintracht Frankfurt – one of Europe’s most in-form teams – is no mean feat, but beating them 6-1 is truly astonishing. 

Very, very, very impressive. 


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“To kill a man you shoot him in the heart. Isn’t that what you said, Ramon?” (For a Few Dollars More)

Benfica’s last three league games: 

Won: 3.

Drew: 0.

Lost: 0.

Goals Scored: 15.

Goals Conceded: 2.

Goal Difference: 13. 

Over the past few weeks, with the Primeira Liga title within touching distance, Benfica have become cold blooded killers; killing the hopes and dreams of every non-Benfica fan in Portugal. 


11) Borussia Dortmund (Down 3) 

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“When two hunters go after the same prey, they usually end up shooting each other in the back. And we don’t want to shoot each other in the back.” (For a Few Dollars More)

They f****d it.

Borussia Dortmund have absolutely f****d it. 

A few short weeks ago BVB were atop of the Bundesliga table, atop of 90min’s Definitive European Power Rankings, and the best team to watch in Europe. 

Now, they’re second in the Bundesliga table (four points adrift of Bayern with just two games to go), 11th in 90min’s Definitive European Power Rankings, and one of the sorriest sights in Europe. 

Borussia Dortmund, you really have f****d it. 


10) Atalanta (Re-Entry)

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“There are two kinds of spurs, my friend. Those that come in by the door; those that come in by the window.” (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)

There are two kinds of teams that make it into 90min’s Definitive European Power Rankings. Those whose incredible form and exciting attacking play wows football fans across Europe; those who are one of the relatively boring elite clubs that have won the league this season due to a dearth of competition. 

Atalanta are the former.


9) Barcelona (Down 8) 

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“My mistake. Four coffins…” (A Fistful of Dollars) 

There’s only one word to describe Barcelona’s week: DISASTER. 

On Tuesday night, Barcelona were a complete DISASTER. 

With a cosy 3-0 lead in the tie and the supposed best player of all time in their ranks, Barcelona collapsed at Anfield and gifted Liverpool a 4-0 win and a place in their season’s UEFA Champions League final. 

Lionel Messi, Ernesto Valverde, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Philippe Coutinho, Sergio Busquets, you’re all to blame. You’re all culpable. You’re all completely useless. 


8) Juventus (Down 1) 

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“There are two kinds of spurs, my friend. Those that come in by the door; those that come in by the window.” (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 

There are two kinds of teams that make it into 90min’s Definitive European Power Rankings. Those whose incredible form and exciting attacking play wows football fans across Europe; those who are one of the relatively boring elite clubs that have won the league this season due to a dearth of competition.

Juventus are the latter.


7) Bayern Munich (Down 1) 

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“There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend: those with guns and those who dig. You dig.” (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 

There are two kinds of teams at the top of the Bundesliga, my friend: those with guns and those who dig. 

Borussia Dortmund dig. 

Bayern Munich hold them at gunpoint while they do so. 

As Borussia Dortmund have dug their own grave in recent weeks (and absolutely f****d up their chances of winning the league title) Bayern Munich have continued to win, and continued to prove that, in the Bundesliga, they are still the top dogs. 


6) Ajax (Down 4) 

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“When a man’s got money in his pocket he begins to appreciate peace.” (A Fistful of Dollars) 

Unlike the sentiments we all hold in regards to Barcelona’s catastrophic collapse on Tuesday night, it’s hard not to feel sorry for Ajax after their equally catastrophic collapse. 

However, while missing out on a place in the UEFA Champions League final due to 95th minute goal from Lucas Moura (OF ALL PEOPLE) is heartbreaking, it isn’t all doom and gloom at Ajax.

For this Champions League game has provided Ajax fans with some unforgettably euphoric moments, and the club itself with an exorbitant amount of money in their pockets. 

Ajax fans, it’s not all doom and gloom…until Matthijs de Ligt leaves…then it is. 


5) Arsenal (Up 8) 

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“The most potent weapon of war!” (The Good the Bad and the Ugly)

Fair warning: from here on in 90min’s Definitive European Power Rankings will be 90min’s Definitive English Power Rankings. 

And we start of with one of the many, maaannnnyyy, Premier League teams that made it through to a European cup final this week. 

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on top form, Arsenal brushed aside Valencia with relative ease to book a place in this season’s Europa League final, where they will play…


4) Chelsea (Up 6) 

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It’s very simple. As long as you use your head, you never lose.” (Once Upon a Time in the West) 

Chelsea! 

The Blues, as the football club with the most talented group of players in this season’s Europa League, are exactly where they should be: the final. 


3) Manchester City (-) 

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“By the way, you know anything about a man going around playing the harmonica? He’s somebody you’d remember. Instead of talking, he plays. And when he better play, he talks.” (Once Upon a Time in the West) 

On Monday night, Vincent Kompany did the exact opposite of what everyone has ever expected him to do. 

He played the harmonica.

No. No that’s not right. 

He actually scored a 30-yard screamer to all but hand Manchester City the Premier League title. 

Nice one Vinnie. 


2) Liverpool (Up 2) 

Georginio Wijnaldum

When a man with .45 meets a man with a rifle, you said, the man with a pistol’s a dead man. Let’s see if that’s true. Go ahead, load up and shoot.” (A Fistful of Dollars) 

Without their ‘rifle’ (Mohamed Salah), Liverpool were forced to use their ‘pistol’ (Divock Origi), and out-duelled ‘a man with a rifle’ (Barcelona). 

Divock Origi > Lionel Messi.

It’s official. 

Oh, and, as Andy Headspeath attests, ​Georginio Wijnaldum was pretty great too. 


1) Tottenham Hotspur (Up 4) 

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“I’m letting you live, hero. That way you can tell everyone what takes place here.” (For a Few Dollars More)

On Wednesday night, Europe bore witness to history. 

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur, at a point when they were seemingly dead and buried, rose to new and immeasurable heights by completing ​the most incredible of comebacks to reach their first ever UEFA Champions League final AND reach the summit of 90min’s Definitive European Power Rankings for the first time ever.

Which is a bigger achievement? 

The latter. Obviously. 


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The 5 Players to Score a Hat-Trick in the Champions League Semi-Final

The Champions League semi-final is one of the biggest stages in world football so, when a player puts on a stunning performance, they can write their names into the history books.

The latest example is Tottenham Hotspur’s Lucas Moura, who fired his side through to the final with three goals in a dramatic meeting with Ajax.

Only five players in history have managed a Champions League semi-final hat-trick, and here they are.


Lucas Moura (Spurs vs Ajax, 2019)

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Starting with the latest example, Moura cemented his place in ​Spurs folklore with his stunning showing against Ajax.

With his side trailing 2-0, Moura showed his pace to burst through the impressive Ajax defence and net his first shortly after half-time. His second came just a few minutes later, as he pounced on a loose ball in the box to fire his side back into contention.

It looked as though it would not be enough, as Spurs still trailed 3-2 on aggregate in the fourth minute of the additional five at the end of the game. But, in the exact second the clock ticked over to the 95th minute, Moura again popped up in the box to fire his side through to the final.


Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid, 2017)

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Big players relish the big stage, and there are few bigger players than ​Cristiano Ronaldo. The ​Champions League has been his playground throughout his career, and his performance against ​Atletico Madrid in 2017 is all the evidence you need.

His first was a powerful header, and his second was a ferocious half-volley that gave Jan Oblak no chance of reacting before the ball was already past him and into the net.​ He found himself loose in the box to slot home his third and guide Los Blancos through to the final, which they ultimately won against ​Juventus.

This game was one of the deciding factors in Ronaldo’s switch from a winger to a central striker. He’s done pretty well since then, don’t you think?


Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid, 2013)

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Scoring a hat-trick is easy. Try four goals. That’s exactly what Robert Lewandowski did in ​Borussia Dortmund‘s stunning 4-1 win over Real Madrid in 2013.

It took the Pole just eight minutes to get on the end of Mario Gotze’s cross to nudge his side ahead. After an equaliser from Ronaldo, Lewandowski then beat the offside trap to score and put his side back in the ascendancy. His third was a stunning combination of skill and power, and he added a fourth from the penalty spot to fire his side through to the final.

Manager Jurgen Klopp established himself on the European stage, and he has not looked back since.


Ivica Olic (Bayern Munich vs Lyon, 2010)

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Former ​Bayern Munich star Ivica Olic ​admitted that his performance against Lyon in 2010 was probably the best ​match of his career, and with good reason. The Croatian was on fire, becoming the second man in history to net a hat-trick in the semi-final.

He showed his composure to control a loose ball in the box and slide it past a young Hugo Lloris, and a defence-splitting through ball left Olic needing to just apply the finish for his second. To seal his hat-trick, he got his head to Philipp Lahm’s cross and left Lloris with no chance.

Olic and Bayern came unstuck against Jose Mourinho’s ​Inter, but the striker had already etched his name into the history books. However, he was not the first to do so…


Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus vs Monaco, 1998)

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With his sublime performance against Monaco, Juventus star Alessandro Del Piero became the first man to net a hat-trick in a Champions League semi-final.

The Italian showed his skill from set pieces to put Monaco to the sword. He began with an outrageous free kick, which looked like the perfect blend of power and technique as it curled over the wall and into the net. He followed that up with two penalties, before Zinedine Zidane added a fourth to send the ​Serie A side to the final.

They could not get the job done in the final, however, as Real Madrid picked up a 1-0 win.​

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Danny Rose Admits Champions League Final Could Be Last Game for Spurs

​Tottenham full-back Danny Rose has hit back at Ruud Gullit for comments he made following the first leg of Spurs’ Champions League semi final with Ajax, as well as acknowledging that the final against Liverpool could be his last outing for the team. 

Rose has made 36 appearances across competitions for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season, notching five assists, but there has been a constant buzz of reports linking him with a departure from the club this summer – with Paris Saint-Germain one of many interested in the Englishman. 

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It is understood that ​Spurs are amenable to a deal, and speaking to the ​Mirror about this speculation following the club’s historic comeback against the Dutch side, Rose proclaimed: “I keep seeing I’m being sold. If that’s the case and it’s going to be my last game for Tottenham, I’m hoping to go out with a bang and lift a trophy.”

After confronting these rumours, perhaps with a portion of his tongue in his cheek, the left-back turned his attention to Netherlands legend Ruud Gullit, who had disparaged a number of north Londoners for their performance in the first leg. 

Speaking on beIN Sports, the former Chelsea manager exclaimed: “Dele Alli — technically-wise, so bad. Victor Wanyama, technically-wise. Danny Rose too. I see them every week and how is it possible to make so many mistakes? I know you’re under pressure, but you need to know what to do, and they didn’t.”

And so, after completing the remarkable turnaround at the Johan Cruyff Arena, ​Rose returned the fire, declaring: “Seeing people’s comments like Ruud Gullit after the first game and how rude he was, it’s nice that we fought back tonight and shut him up.

“He was very critical of individual players and saying how bad we were technically and he’s bang out of order for that, so that was fuel to the fire. I hope he eats his words.”

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UEFA President Hails ‘Glorious Unpredictability’ of Football as Report Reveals Proposed UCL Changes

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin has hailed the ‘glorious unpredictability’ of football after events in the Champions League semi finals this week, asserting that the 3-0 aggregate comebacks that both Liverpool and Tottenham pulled off will ‘go down in football history’.

“There is nothing quite like the drama and excitement of a major football event and the spectacle that we have seen this week will go down in football history,” Čeferin said.

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“Football has the enduring capacity to stir people’s hearts and produce moments of unrivalled emotion – and the fantastic matches in Liverpool and Amsterdam gave ample proof of the game’s glorious unpredictability.

“Liverpool and Tottenham deserve the highest praise for the way in which they overcame three-goal aggregate deficits and fought back against the odds – thrilling millions of football lovers in the process. The two teams’ achievements showed that anything is possible in our beautiful game.

“Football fans everywhere live for the passion of occasions such as these semi-finals, and the two matches were marvellous advertisements for the calibre and appeal of the UEFA Champions League.”

It comes as news surfaces, via documents seen by the Associated Press, that UEFA is considering a proposal that would change the Champions League as of 2024 and push it towards becoming a more ‘closed-off competition’ that favours elite clubs.

The document in question is said to propose that 24 of the teams 32 teams in the 2024/25 Champions League group stage would keep their place in the competition the following season regardless of where they finish in their domestic league.

The report also notes that such changes, if approved, would see the creation of eight-team groups and therefore more than double the number of group games played by each club from six to 14. With that would come significant additional from broadcasting and sponsorship.

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Of the eight places that would be up for grabs in the Champions League each season, four would be awarded to the Europa League semi finalists in a promotion/relegation concept where the Champions League is the top tier and other competitions sit beneath it in the UEFA ladder, with a new third tier competition of 64 teams split into four divisions below the Europa League.

The remaining four Champions League places would go to national champions from lower ranked domestic leagues competing in preliminary rounds.

The proposal has drawn early criticism over concerns of a widening wealthy gap between elite clubs and the rest of Europe, as well as potential damage to the competitiveness and meaningfulness of domestic leagues.

UEFA have commented to AP that details are ‘only ideas and opinions’ at the consultation stage of the process, with no certainty over whether the proposal will actually be approved.

AP notes that UEFA intends not to offer further comment on any details of potential plans until after member associations have been briefed at a meeting in Budapest on 17 May, coinciding with the Women’s Champions League final in the Hungarian capital that weekend.

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