Paul Pogba was an unused substitute for Manchester United’s trip to Anfield last Sunday and it didn’t take a genius to work out something was amiss when the club’s £89 million record signing is left out of an encounter which many supporters regard as the most significant of the campaign.
Jose Mourinho didn’t just highlight the quality of Liverpool after the game but also pointed to the intensity and work rate of his team’s opponents which must have been galling for Red Devils supporters considering that these qualities used to be a given for United teams in the past.
It was also enough to see Mourinho sacked on Tuesday, with rumours that Zinedine Zidane could be arriving at the club in a bid to resurrect the fortunes of a team who have had a remarkable fall from grace in the past few seasons.
Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 18, 2018
We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future. #MUFC
Will Mourinho Sacking Shake Up United?
Right now, Manchester United are living a zombie-like existence and the bookies are taking them on ahead of the Saturday teatime clash at the Cardiff City Stadium, with Black Type offering 17/25 to customers who want to back a team sitting in sixth place and with little prospect of qualifying for the Champions League.
We’re far more excited about the home team for this game despite their modest qualities. Neil Warnock’s side have won their past three matches in front of their own supporters and we’re more than happy to back the 9/2 with Paddy Power that the Bluebirds deepen the gloom around Old Trafford by landing another three point haul.
Warnock will clearly praise the departing Mourinho and his track record in the lead-up to the game but the wily old fox will also know United are there for the taking. Cardiff will have the greater desire and motivation to get the victory and that counts for a lot, especially when the weather conditions are tough.
At the very least, we should be entertaining the notion that this match will end in a draw, with Mark Hughes’ Southampton capable of landing a point at home to United recently and that outcome is currently available at a very fair 3/1 with BetVictor.
Consider the +1 Handicap
The same firm offer 13/16 about Cardiff with a +1 goal handicap and that’s a bet that provides a spot of insurance considering that you get money back if the Red Devils win by a single goal and that might be as good as it gets for a side who have only won three of their nine away games.
A Jose Mourinho team always used to be based on a strong defence although eighteen goals have now been shipped on the road and that’s despite David de Gea continuing to operate on the higher possible plane.
Paddy Power go 9/1 that Cardiff win this clash with both teams scoring and a 2-1 winning scoreline for the Welsh side is chalked up at 18/1 with bet365. This happened against Wolves and Brighton, with the Bluebirds capable of digging out wins even if they fall behind.
If you’re feeling really brave, then Ladbrokes have 50/1 available that Manchester United lead at half-time only for Cardiff to be victorious come the final whistle and we know that the home side will keep going for their manager.