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November 25, 2013
• Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee: N. Swarbrick
• Attendance: 28016
F. Campbell 33'
Bo-Kyung Kim 90'+
W. Rooney 15'
P. Evra 45'
That's all that we have time for this afternoon, but we hope you have enjoyed the late drama at the Cardiff City Stadium, as the hosts drew 2-2 with Manchester United. I've been Simon Harrison, and I hope to see you again next time.
Goals from Rooney and Evra were cancelled out by Campbell and Kim, as the newly promoted side prove that they can fight it out with the big sides. United had some absentees, but Mackay's men can be inspired by how their well-drilled performance pushed last year's Premier League champions all the way.
FULL TIME! Cardiff have done it, and stolen some deserved spoils from a very tight Premier League game! It finishes Cardiff 2-2 Manchester United, and late drama strikes once again. Kim was the man to get the equaliser, and it was no less than Cardiff deserved.
90' + 4'
CORNELIUS! The substitute fires a tame effort straight at De Gea, and the Dane may have just ended his side's hopes of getting the three points there!
90' + 3'
Yellow CardKevin Theophile Catherine
90' + 3'
SMALLING! CLOSE! A free-kick delivery isn't dealt with by Cardiff, and Smalling has the opportunity to try his luck with a half volley, after picking up the loose ball! He flashes it wide of the post!
90' + 2'
ROONEY! WHAT A MISS! He's tried to be clever, and fluffed a golden chance to regain the lead in stoppage time! Instead of finishing the attack himself, Rooney tries to lay the ball across goal for Welbeck to tap home! Moyes has his hands on his hips!
90' + 1'
Yellow CardBo-Kyung Kim
90' + 1'
90' + 1'
GOOOOOAL! KIM HAS CONVERTED! It's 2-2 in Wales, with the substitute nodding home beyond a helpless De Gea, following a wonderful delivery from Whittingham! What an end to this game!
Whittingham has yet another opportunity to whip in a free-kick delivery with his trusty left foot, but the referee his halted play to have a word with both Fellaini and Medel, who appear to exchange slaps.
Only a few minutes left on the clock, and Cardiff are really beginning to run out of time here. United are keen to hold onto the ball and run down the clock for as long as possible, and it seems that Moyes' men might be somehow leaving with the three points.
Yellow CardTom Cleverley
Another flash of frustration in this game, as a poor challenge from Cleverley evokes a rather angry reaction from Whittingham. The referee awards a yellow card to the United man for the poor attempt to win the ball, and defuses the situation rather quickly.
WELBECK! Marshall is able to claim a tame header from the substitute, as United look to try and put the game beyond doubt via another set piece conversion. Moyes will certainly be worried with the lack of opportunities his side have carved out, only Rooney looks particularly dangerous.
COWIE! Campbell directs a back post cross back across goal, but Cowie fails to turn the ball towards goal! The crowd groan in dismay, as their team seem to be unable to find the equaliser that they deserve.
WELBECK! What a goal that would have been! Beautiful interplay between Rooney and Welbeck set the latter on his way toward goal, with Turner unable to keep up, but Welbeck thrashes his effort wide of the target from just inside the box. Marshall will be a relieved man!
TURNER! Whittingham whips in yet another free-kick delivery, but Turner can only direct the ball over the crossbar after clambering over a few bodies. Not the best effort from the central defender.
United are keen to slow the game down when they gain possession, stroking it around and shifting it from left to right along their defensive line. Cardiff are going to have to chase this game if they are to get back into it, and it's doubtful as to whether they have enough left in the tank.
Mackay opts to go for the equaliser, throwing on a very creative player in the form of Kim. Mutch, who has exerted plenty of energy and provided an excellent assist, is sacrificed. Cardiff will feel aggrieved if they aren't to get any spoils from this game, despite their performance showing how far they have come as a club.
WELBECK! Marshall is quick off his line to steal the ball from the substitute's toes, after a lovely weighted ball from Giggs set him on his way. This game really has been one of fine margins.
Under twenty minutes to go, and it's hard to call the result of this game. Cardiff keep knocking on the door, but thus far De Gea has been able to claim their trusty set pieces. The crowd respond whenever the ball goes behind for a Cardiff corner, as they know the likes of Turner and Caulker can challenge.
CLEVERLEY! The midfielder almost lands a header in his own net, nodding a Whittingham cross narrowly over the top right hand corner of the net! The resulting corner is whipped in with force, but De Gea punches clear.
Excellent run from Noone! The substitute weaves his way through the challenges of a few United midfielders, but his eventual attempted through ball to find the advancing Cowie is inaccurate. The home crowd responded to that!
In reaction to a good spell for Cardiff, Moyes is forced into his first change of the game, replacing young Januzaj with Welbeck. Though he has been known to play up top most regularly, the England international is more than capable of tracking back responsibility from his deployment on the left hand side.
WHITTINGHAM! An audacious effort from the playmaker, as he tries to fizz a half volley at goal from 25 yards, as De Gea was somewhat out of position. He gets firm contact with the effort, but it arrows out of play.
Good defending from Turner! Hernandez is played in behind the English centre-half, and looks to be bearing down on goal, but the Cardiff defender does well to recover and stab the ball back to his goalkeeper.
Januzaj and Valencia really need to pull their weight in attack, as they're failing to really link the midfield with the instrumental Wayne Rooney. Moyes must certainly be considering making a few changes at this point, as too many of his personnel are going missing in the face of Cardiff's dominance.
Cardiff stroke the ball around with confident, with the vocal backing of their fans. Campbell is proving hard for the United defenders to pick up, with the visiting wide men having next to no effect on proceedings. All going according to plan for the hosts, minus the scoreline.
ROONEY! He receives boos and jeers from the crowd, as he nods a Valencia delivery over the crossbar, but that was another half chance for United. They've not played well, but they've generated the odd opportunity.
Odemwingie falls to the ground after seemingly receiving a forearm to the face from Valencia, but the referee opts to not punish the Ecuador international. It didn't seem intentional, and Odemwingie made a meal of the incident, so that seemed to be good work from the referee.
The hosts continue to press forward, and United just aren't getting into their stride this afternoon. City fell foul of a late comeback against Cardiff earlier in the season, and it's certainly possible that the newly promoted side can pull off a similar feat today. They're enjoying themselves out there.
Yellow CardPeter Whittingham
CAMPBELL! HE'S STRUCK THE BAR! A lovely, dinked effort from the goalscorer, and De Gea looks dumbfounded to see the ball kiss off the woodwork! Two chances in ten seconds for Campbell, but he just can't convert! Unlucky!
FELLAINI! Great save by Marshall! The flicked header from the Belgian looks to be nestling in the bottom corner, but an outstretched finger from the Cardiff goalkeeper denies United another goal! Smalling then goes close moments later, but Marshall stands tall once again!
Yellow CardSteven Caulker
Rooney plays a delicious touch around the corner, inviting Januzaj to progress down the left wing, but Caulker flies across to hack down the young midfielder. Rightfully, the referee shows him the yellow card.
A lovely piece of trickery allows for Cowie to combine with Mutch to get in behind Evra, but the Scottish winger's next touch lets him down, allowing for Evans to gobble up the scraps. Cardiff continue to have the better of the play.
JANUZAJ! Caulker is forced into a brave block to deny the teenage winger, allowing for United to win a corner. Fellaini rises well from the resulting set piece, but a great deal of pressure from Turner prevents the Belgian from planting his header on target.
We are back underway for the second half! Cardiff have it all to do to turn this game around, but on the balance of the first half, the hosts deserve to at least be level!
Mackay will tell his players to continue in the same vein in the second half, as United have been second best for long periods of this game. Cardiff have been well drilled and organised, moving the ball well at times, while United have struggled to get into gear.
Campbell converted Cardiff's only goal of the half, after a delightfully worked goal included two incisive forward passes from Whittingham and Mutch. The hosts have only made two mistakes in the first 45 minutes, but have been penalised for both of them. Such is top flight football.
HALF TIME! Plenty of drama in the Cardiff City Stadium, as United lead Cardiff 2-1 at the break. Rooney could have seen red for a kick on Mutch, before the England international bagged both a goal and an assist. The referee's decision to keep him on the field of play was a controversial one to say the least.
GOOOOAL! EVRA HEADS HOME! It's undeserved, but United have regained the lead with a front post header! It's a strong header that Marshall can't get anywhere near, as the Frenchman loses his man and gets a good run-up! United lead 2-1, and that's a sucker punch!
HERNANDEZ! The Mexican tries to flick the ball over Turner's head, after a good ball forward from Smalling. The Cardiff central defender manages to nod the ball clear of danger, but that was a clever idea from the diminutive United striker.
Campbell makes a very intelligent run, and all is required to for Mutch to stab the ball into the space ahead of him, but the 21-year-old loses control of the ball as he drives into a pocket of space. Campbell would have been through on goal there, the ball just didn't arrive!
Cardiff have burst into life following their equalising goal, and it seems to be a test for United to survive until the break without De Gea at least being troubled a fair bit. The home side have so much more energy and desire to chase lost causes and drive into unclaimed space.
COWIE! The winger steams in towards the front post, but can only balloon Taylor's driven cross over the bar! That was woefully wide, but Moyes will be concerned at how easily Cardiff are winning the ball back from his side, who look rather sluggish.
Just under ten minutes until half time, and Mackay's side will have the belief that they can grab another goal before the break. Last season's champions were cut apart with consummate ease, and Campbell always looks a threat whenever Ferdinand and Evans are turned.
An excellent goal to drag Cardiff deservedly back onto level terms. There was nothing in the world that any of United's defenders could have done to prevent that from happening, the through ball from Mutch was just delicious.
GOOOOAL! WHAT AN EXCELLENT PASSAGE OF PLAY! Campbell nets against his former club, and what a way to create it! Whittingham finds Mutch, before the midfielder pivots and plays an inch perfect ball into the path of Campbell! The former United striker slots beyond De Gea with ease, and it's 1-1!
Both sides have had their fair share of possession, but chances aren't really flowing. The likes of Valencia and Januzaj are being used foremost as defensive tools whenever Cardiff have the ball, and Campbell looks a little isolated.
Almost at the half hour mark, and Cardiff won't be too disheartened, despite the scoreline. United are being forced to make niggling fouls in midfield to prevent them from breaking, and the home side don't look flustered in possession.
Plenty of failed deliveries from Cardiff, as Theophile-Catherine again sees two crosses blocked in quick succession. Campbell is holding his own in the air at the moment, but it's doubtful that the home side's potential success is going to come through extremely direct football.
Boos now ring out around the stadium whenever the referee gives a decision to the detriment of Cardiff! Plenty of energy and drama in the early stages of this game, and it has certainly managed to excite thus far.
ODEMWINGIE! The Nigerian striker weaves to the left, wrongfooting Smalling in the process, before smashing an effort way over the bar, with De Gea confident of its whereabouts. A half chance for Cardiff!
The Cardiff fans are incensed yet again, as they want a free-kick given for handball by Januzaj. The linesman doesn't raise his flag however, and the home crowd appear to feel as though the world is against them this afternoon.
CLEVERLEY! A United corner is half-cleared, and the loose ball falls to Cleverley on the edge of the box. Without hesitation, the midfielder drills the ball towards goal with his first touch, but sees it cannon off a defender and away from the target.
Good save from Marshall! Fellaini rises well at the back post to meet a Januzaj free-kick, but the Cardiff goalkeeper does well to parry the ball away from danger. The pressure is creeping up a notch for United.
Well, the referee will certainly be more worried to see the replays of Rooney's clash with Mutch now! A talking point which has incensed the crowd, so much so that the boos rang out after the England international netted the game's first goal. Cardiff shouldn't be discouraged, however, as they don't deserve to be behind.
GOOOOAL! ROONEY CONVERTS! With the aid of a deflection which took the ball over the sprawling Marshall, he's given the away side the lead! Turner gives away the ball needlessly, allowing for Hernandez to find Rooney, who controversially nets the breakthrough goal to hand United an early 1-0 advantage.
Still no chances for United, and Moyes' men haven't really created anything going forward yet. The away side are just settled into the game a little, which in turn is taking some of the sting out of the rather hostile home atmosphere, following Rooney's actions.
Plenty of drama in the opening ten minutes, as Cardiff have had a few half chances, though Rooney has somewhat stolen the limelight for all of the wrong reasons. United need him available for selection, given that Van Persie is currently injured, and I'm sure Moyes will be having nightmares about Rooney being a liability like that again.
Rooney looks to be a lucky man there, as he lashed out off the ball, much like his red card for England against Montenegro. He's still on the field however, and will be looking to control himself for the remaining 80 minutes. Cardiff have every right to feel aggrieved.
Yellow CardWayne Rooney
A yellow card for Wayne Rooney, but Cardiff's fans look rather incensed with the England international's conduct there! Turner came across the striker's path, and Rooney looked to lash out angrily at the Cardiff defender! That was a big call for the referee.
MUTCH! Another free-kick given away by United allows for the home side to float in another free-kick delivery from deep, and Mutch rises well to head at goal! His effort is straight at De Gea however, but that's definitely a warning sign for United.
ROONEY! Good work from Valencia down the right hand side allows for the Ecuador international to cut the ball back to the edge of the area, but Rooney's strike is blocked by a ruck of red shirts.
CAMPBELL! A great ball in behind the United defence from Mutch looks to set the former Red Devil on his way, but De Gea is quick off his line to claim the bouncing ball. Campbell was inches away from possibly converting there!
The hosts have some positive early possession, allowing for the home crowd to get behind their team. It looks as though Cardiff will be looking to break as quickly as they can, to try and perhaps get Campbell in behind the United defence.
Cardiff pick up an early free-kick, and Whittingham will take it from just inside United's half. The ball is floated into the penalty area, but De Gea is able to claim following a Smalling clearance that failed to fully clear the danger.
We're underway! Cardiff are in their newly adopted red strip, with United donning a navy blue away kit. It's a great atmosphere inside Cardiff City stadium, let us hope for an exciting game to match it!
The players stream out of the tunnel onto the field of play, and we're moments from kick-off. The home crowd are in good voice, and I'm sure that they fancy their side to perform against a United side who have just kicked into gear. Key absentees mean that Cardiff will be looking at this game as though they can get something from a certainly not infallable visiting outfit.
Ten minutes until kick-off, and it's tough to say how the away side will fare in this game. Plenty of deputising players and a defensive midfield partnership of Cleverley and Fellaini which will be interesting to see. Cardiff are on home soil and will be, as always, very competitive. Mackay's men could easily take a share of the spoils here this afternoon.
Manchester United substitutes: Anderson, Giggs, Lindegaard, Nani, Young, Welbeck, Buttner.
Manchester United starting line-up: De Gea; Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Fellaini, Cleverley; Valencia, Rooney, Januzaj; Hernandez.
Cardiff substitutes: Hudson, Cornelius, Kim, Noone, Gunnarsson, Lewis, Bellamy.
Cardiff starting line-up: Marshall; Taylor, Turner, Caulker, Theophile-Catherine; Medel, Mutch; Whittingham, Odemwingie, Cowie; Campbell.
TEAM NEWS: No Michael Carrick or Robin van Persie for the visitors this afternoon, while Cardiff remain relatively injury free. Teenage Belgian Januzaj gets another run in the first team, while Campbell picks up a start as Mackay favours the Englishman over Bellamy.
I'm Simon Harrison, and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from Cardiff City Stadium, as United look to extend their lead over Tottenham, given Spurs' rather devastating defeat earlier this afternoon. The visitors are missing a couple of key personnel, while Malky Mackay sticks with the foundations which have seen Cardiff pick up four points from their last possible nine.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of today's late Premier League kick-off, as Manchester United travel to Wales to face newly promoted Cardiff. David Moyes' men are unbeaten in their last five matches, winning all but one, while the hosts' recent run-in has only been brightened by their derby day victory over Swansea.
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