Cardiff v Man Utd Odds : Back Van Persie to take points back to Manchester

Cardiff will hope to maintain their solid start to life in the Premier League when they welcome Manchester United to Wales this afternoon, with Utd hotshot Robin Van Persie attracting plenty of money, report Paddy Power.

Malkay MacKay’s men currently sit 14th in the table after winning 3 and drawing 3 of their first 11 games in the top flight.

A summer spending spree that saw in excess of £25 million shelled out have proved correct so far with Cardiff more than holding their own so far.

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One of those signings, tough tacking midfielder Gary Medel has added bite and steel to the Cardiff ranks and United’s midfield will be wary of the Chilean star.

The 26 year old arrived in Wales with a big reputation following 7 red cards in just under 3 years at Seville.

However the midfielder has so far received just one caution this season despite maintaining that he hasn’t changed his combative approach.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Medel said “I am very passionate and I am very loyal to my teams.

“The red cards and a lot of the incidents I have had – they are almost all because of my reaction and not my action. They are not for bad tackles. I have a big temper but as I am growing, I am learning and trying to adapt, to react less, because I know I must. I am maturing.

“I will not change the aggression in my game. English football is great. In Spain, if you breathe you get a yellow card. Here it is more intense physically. I like to be intense, I love to win tackles. I will not change that.

Cardiff’s only concern heading into the game is Andres Cornelius. The club’s record signing has been struggling with an ankle injury for most of the season so far and is a doubt ahead of the game.

Meanwhile the doom and gloom that surrounded Old Trafford following the 2-1 home defeat to West Brom in September has been lifted following an impressive run of results.

David Moyes’ side have four games and drawn 1 in the intervening five league games including a 1-0 win over leaders Arsenal last time out.

That run of results have moved the Red Devils to within five points of top spot.

Moyes will head to Wales without midfielder Michael Carrick. The former Spurs man is ruled out for several weeks with an Achilles injury while Phil Jones is out with a groin problem.

Nemanja Vidic will be fit to play after suffering concussion against Arsenal while Robin Van Persie should be fit after a groin problem.

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Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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