Manchester United 0-2 Cardiff City: Four Things We Learned

Manchester United finish their Premier League season with a dreadful 2-0 loss to Cardiff City at Old Trafford, concluding a grim campaign for both clubs. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored twice to give the Welsh team a consolation victory as they bid farewell to the English top-flight.

Manchester United Deserved Everything They Have Got This Season

Manchester United finish sixth in Premier League 2018-19. With 19 wins, nine draws and staggering 10 losses, Man United end the campaign with 66 points, five less than Tottenham in fourth and with 15 points less than last May. Conceding 54 goals is a terrible fact as well and considering everything, it is what Man United deserved.

The Devils have been awful for the most part of the season. The early joyful days of Solskjaer’s caretaking stewardship are long gone. Winning consecutive matches once again seems an impossible task, as it was in the first part of the season and no wonder the situation at the club is grim. Europa League will return to Old Trafford in September – or even July if Watford beat Man City in FA Cup final – and that is something the club needed to avoid.

The loss against Cardiff was just a 90-minute long summary of the whole campaign.

Mason Greenwood Enjoys Premier League Debut

Mason Greenwood became the youngest Manchester United player to make a full Premier League debut. Aged just 17 years and 223 days, he has overtaken Federico Macheda who was 30 days older on his debut. And it was a good debut for Greenwood, apart from the final result. Solskjaer was full of praise for the teenager after the match,

“He was brilliant, our best player by a mile and that says a lot about the kid. He came into the team with a lack of confidence and you can see that has take a total. Not surprised by his performance, we know he is capable of that”.

Cardiff Show More Desire

It is all summed up very well when Cardiff City come to Old Trafford and show more desire to win a match that means nothing to them in terms of the final standings. Man United still had a chance of securing fifth place, but Cardiff were already relegated, knowing they will return to their natural habitat, away from the Premier League glitz.

Apart from Mendez-Laing, Josh Murphy enjoyed a good game too, setting up two chances from the left wing, while Kenneth Zohore had a decent all-round performance up front.

Solskjaer To Roll Up His Sleeves

After the match, Solskjaer was clear about this season and what awaits the team next year.

“We’re not a club which should end up sixth. That’s where we are at the moment, but we’re ready for it, the fans, supporters today too. It’s near embarrassing when you walk off the pitch clapping them and get the support we have. There’s good players here who have gone through a difficult season, there’s different reasons that they haven’t had good seasons. It might be their fault, our fault, or the club’s fault, everyone will look at themselves and say they can do better”, Solskjaer said.

The manager will have plenty to do in the summer and even he insinuated that many players will not be at the club once the next season starts. Man United fans seem to be ready for that, after a miserable year.

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