SUNDAY evening’s Premier League encounter between Cardiff and Manchester United ended in a draw. Four goals altogether in the match and there could have been more. A 90th minute gasping equaliser, scored by the substitute lifted the atmosphere as Cardiff celebrated until after the final whistle was blown.
Manchester United broke the deadlock after 15 minutes. A great but of improvisation from Rooney saw him open the scoring. But Rooney was lucky to be on the pitch after a frustrating challenge on Cardiff’s Jordan Mutch in the early minutes of the match.
Former United player Fraizer Campbell had come back to haunt his boyhood club with an equaliser after a brilliant reverse through pass by Mutch. He also came close to netting again after hitting the post with a cheeky lob. A pure replica of Cantona’s goal.
Before the half time whistle was blown, Rooney was also involved in United’s second goal. An unmarked Patrice Evra, who made his 350th appearance for the club tonight, managed to head in a Rooney corner kick. The visitors went into half time with a 2-1 lead.
The second half saw a fighting spirited Cardiff side attach their opponents and giving the home fans something to cheer about. Substitutes were made for both teams as Cardiff where looking for an equaliser whilst United tried to hold on to the lead.
South Korean Kim Bo-Kyung’s 90th minute header from the near post saw Cardiff equalise in the famous ‘Fergie Time’. The stadium was electric with all the fans, players and staff celebrating.
However, United had two great chances before the final whistle to give them a victory which was needed today after their rivals had managed to pull off results. Rooney went through one on one with Cardiff’s goalkeeper Marshall, but only to misplace the pass to Welbeck instead of shooting alone. Moyes was in shock as was everyone else.
Lastly, before the final kick of the game, Chris Smalling had a chance to salvage a victory for United. Unfortunately for United, the chance fell to the wrong player.
Elsewhere, Manchester City had humiliated North Londoners Tottenham in Sunday afternoon kick off. The home side were too strong for AVB’s boys as the Blues managed to score 6 against a beaten Tottenham side.