United manager David Moyes has always stressed the need for time for his regime to gel at the club, and while performances haven’t always been top drawer the age old United quality of grinding out results has reappeared. The club in fact are unbeaten in their last nine league and cup matches, winning their last three in the league. Robin Van Persie has also rediscovered his killer touch, scoring in his last four league outings – all signs of things to come perhaps? Only time will tell, but after a slow start the Red Devils have lifted themselves to fifth in the table, a point above neighbours City.
After a confident start Welsh club Cardiff have found results hard to come by in recent weeks – they have only won two games since the end of September. They have managed to gain seven points from those available at home, and will need that record to improve should they get dragged into a relegation scrap this season. With that being said, the manner of their home performances can not be questioned – they are dogged and resilient. Malky Mackay has his team well drilled and if they can keep the type of work rate seen this year then they will have an outside chance in any home fixture this season.
Peter Odemwingie and Aaron Gunnarsson should be fit after minor injuries, along with Andreas Cornelius who is finally ready to play having been side lined in August.
United will definitely be missing Michael Carrick and Phil Jones following respective Achilles and groin injuries. They will assess Robin Van Persie and Danny Welbeck ahead of the clash as both players withdrew from their international squads through injury.