Man Utd v Cardiff Odds : Team News, Match Preview as Juan Mata set to kickstart Red Devils at Old Trafford

Latest Man Utd v Cardiff odds, team news and match preview as Manchester Utd look for the vital three points (KO 19:45).

Manchester United are set to hand a debut to record signing Juan Mata when they take on Cardiff tonight.

The club record signing joined the club from Chelsea for a reported £37 million on Saturday and he’s much heralded arrivals has given the club, just six points off the top 4, a welcome boost.



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Mata is likely to go straight into the starting line-up and will be tasked with providing the creative spark that United have missed this season.

The Spanish star will be hoping that Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie are fit to take part. The duo have returned to training following groin and thigh injuries but will be assessed before the game.

Rio Ferdinand (knee), Nani (hamstring) and Michael Carrick (ankle) will also be assessed before the game but Captain Nemanja Vidic will not definitely not figure as he serves the second of a two-match suspension following his red card at Chelsea.

Since the two club’s drew 2-2 in November, both have endured difficult times. United have crashed out of both cups while Cardiff has slipped to bottom of the table.

The Welsh side are now managed by former Old Trafford legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the striker, who also managed the club’s reserve team side, won’t be getting any favours from his old club.

Solskjaer look set to hand forward Jo Inge Berget, a signing from Molde, his debut while Kenwyne Jones is also inline to start should a deal with Stoke be finalised in time.

Jones is moving to Wale as part of a swap deal that will see Peter Odemwingie move to Stoke and barring any hitches he will be included in the squad

Former United striker Fraizer Campbell is expected to return to the line-up after starting the FA Cup clash with Bolton on the bench.

Defender Steven Caulker, tough tackling midfielder Gary Medel are also expected to return to the side after they were rested for the 1-0 win.

Cardiff lost 4-2 to Manchester City on their last league outing, while United crashed 3-1 away to Chelsea.

Trevor Keane

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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