Cardiff City holds Manchester United to a 2-2 draw
With the absence of both Michael Carrick and the goal scorer in their win over league leaders Arsenal, Robin Van Persie, it was a different looking Manchester United which lined up to face Cardiff City at Cardiff City Stadium.
Team line-ups –
Cardiff : Marshall; Taylor, Turner, Caulker, Theophile-Catherine; Medel, Mutch; Whittingham, Odemwingie, Cowie; Campbell.
Substitutes: Hudson, Cornelius, Kim, Noone, Gunnarsson, Lewis, Bellamy.
Manchester United: De Gea; Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Fellaini, Cleverley; Valencia, Rooney, Januzaj; Hernandez.
Substitutes: Anderson, Giggs, Lindegaard, Nani, Young, Welbeck, Buttner.
While Cardiff remained relatively injury free, it was teenage Belgian Januzaj who got another run in the first team, while Campbell picked up a start as Mackay favoured the Englishman over Bellamy.
Amidst a great atmosphere in the Cardiff City stadium, hosts got exactly what they needed to get their fans behind them. Cardiff’s fans look incensed with the Wayne Rooney’s conduct in the 8th minute of the game when Turner came across the striker’s path, and Rooney looked to lash out angrily at the Cardiff defender. The Manchester United striker was clearly lucky to get away with just a yellow card.
Further the Cardiff faithful felt like it was salt being rub into their wounds when Wayne Rooney who should’ve been sent off for that kick scored the opening goal in the 15th minute. With the aid of a deflection which took the ball over the sprawling Marshall, Rooney gave the away side the lead. Turner gave away the ball needlessly, allowing Hernandez to find Rooney, who controversially netted the breakthrough goal to hand United an early 1-0 advantage.
But much to the credit of Cardiff City they kept attacking and finally got their reward from a spectacular goal in the 33rd minute scored by an ex-Manchester United player Fraizer Campbell. Whittingham found Mutch, before the midfielder pivoted and played an inch perfect ball into the path of Campbell and the former United striker slotted beyond De Gea with ease, and it was 1-1!
But just before the half-way stage, it was Manchester United captain Patrice Evra who scored his 4th headed goal out of his last 5 league goals from a Wayne Rooney corner to make it 1-2 in the visitors’ favor.
The hosts came out of the blocks with intent and it was almost rewarded when Tom Cleverly loosely played a lazy pass back towards Evans but was cut out by Fraizer Campbell who tried a lovely, dinked effort and De Gea looked dumbfounded to see the ball kiss off the woodwork.
Cardiff City did keep on pushing for an equalizer. United themselves had a couple of chances to put the game to rest, but Cardiff City made sure they rued the missed chances when they got a late 91st minute equalizer from substitute Bo-Kyung Kim from a beautiful set-piece delivery from Whittingham.
On a day that saw cross-town rivals Man City drub Tottenham Hotspur 6-0 at the Etihad, the Red Devils will surely be disappointed on losing out on 2 previous points and now trail the league leaders by 7 points. On the other hand, Cardiff City have every right to be pleased with a great performance and a deserving point to say the least.
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