At Manchester United, today signals the dawning of a new era. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Baby Faced Assassin, will lead the Red Devils into battle against Cardiff City.
Kick-off time: 5:30 BST.
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Referee: Michael Oliver
TV Channel: BT Sport 1
Ironically, our new man in the dugout took charge of today’s opponents, as he ‘helped’ them to relegation almost five years ago now. No doubt that the Welsh team will be doing their utmost to prove Solskjaer wrong, as they try to put a dampener on an exciting day for the 45-year-old.
Nobody knows what to expect from this one. I guess the only guarantee is that the United players will fight their heart out this afternoon; which is certainly a step up from what we’ve seen recently.
Romelu Lukaku is absent for the next two, as he’s off on compassionate leave, while Alexis Sanchez is still injured. These are the only two problems that Solskjaer touched upon in a press conference that barely touched upon the fixture at hand.
Working out what players will take to the field is tough, but I fully expect Paul Pogba to be reinstated to the starting line-up, with Marcus Rashford likely to lead the line. There have been whispers suggesting that Angel Gomes and James Garner will be in the squad – and what a boost that would be.
Manchester United are 3/5 on to take the win and scoop all three points, while if you do fancy the upset, Cardiff bring in odds of 9/2, which is pretty good all-things considered.
Anthony Martial to come back with a bang and score first at 6/1 is tempting, while both teams to score at 4/5 looks nailed on…
Prediction: Cardiff 1-3 Manchester United.
Expect the Reds to come out all-guns blazing and score a few goals, which’ll mean they’ll probably get caught out on the counter-attack at least once.