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Manchester United host Cardiff City during the midweek Premier League fixture as the game will see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer return to Old Trafford, while Juan Mata could make his debut for the Premier League champions.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day on BBC One on Wednesday from 10:35pm GMT.


United completed the signing of Mata from Chelsea for a club-record fee of £37.1m last week and the Spaniard could be involved during the game against Cardiff. The Premier League champions enter this fixture after being knocked out by Sunderland in the Capital One Cup second leg semi final clash on penalties.

Jonny Evans scored for David Moyes' side and levelled the aggregate score to 2-2 after United suffered a 2-1 defeat during the first leg. The match was extended to extra time as the aggregate scores were level at end of the normal time. Phillip Bardsley scored for the Black Cats in the final minute of the extra time.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

However United came back as Javier Hernandez's strike from the final kick of the game forced into penalties. The Old Trafford club were successful in converting only one of the five kicks taken by their players, which saw them being crashed out of the Capital One Cup.

Meanwhile, Cardiff come into this fixture after their 1-0 away victory to Bolton Wanderers in the fourth Round FA Cup tie. Fraizer Campbell scored the only goal of the game as the Welsh club progressed to the later round of the competition.

The last time these two teams met in Wales saw Cardiff snatch three points away from United as the game ended in a 2-2 draw, courtesy of Kim Bo-Kyung's late goal. The visitors are at the bottom of the table with 18 points while the English champions are seventh with 37 points from 22 games.

What Managers Say

David Moyes: "Juan's not too far away from [full] fitness. I know he has missed a few games and maybe not started quite as many games as he'd have liked, but I'd like to get him involved against Cardiff."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "To go to Old Trafford is a dream for many footballers and sometimes that can be daunting as well for teams and players. Obviously it's going to be my job to make sure that it isn't too daunting for my players and also myself."

Team Form

Manchester United

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L W L L
  • Last Result: Manchester United 2-1 Sunderland (lost on penalties)

Cardiff City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L L W L
  • Last Result: Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Cardiff City

Team News

Juan Mata
Juan Mata

Manchester United

  • Injured: Michael Carrick (ankle), Nani (hamstring)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Nemanja Vidic

Probable Lineup: De Gea; Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra; Cleverley, Jones; Welbeck, Mata, Januzaj; Rooney

Cardiff City

  • Injured: Andrew Taylor (ankle)
  • Doubtful: N/a
  • Suspended: N/a

Probable Lineup: Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, McNaughton; Medel, Gunnarsson; Whittingham, Mutch, Noone; Campbell