David Moyes has conceded his frustration at the international break interrupting Manchester United’s strong run of form. Before the two-week hiatus Moyes scored his biggest victory since arriving at Old Trafford when United beat Premier League leaders Arsenal to claim their fourth win in five league outings. Despite the disruption, Moyes is confident of his side continuing their form when they visit Cardiff City on Sunday.
“We came off a couple of good results and sometimes you want the games to come thick and fast", he said, according to Manchester United’s official website.
“You can't do anything about the international break, whether you win or lose going into it. We're on a good run of form, we’re feeling good at the moment, we have confidence about us and we want to try and keep that going.”
Moyes’s plans have been impacted, though, by an Achilles tendon injury that rules out influential midfielder Michael Carrick. His absence is likely to mean Marouane Fellaini coming back into the side, although it could also lead to an appearance in his birth place for veteran Ryan Giggs. The former Wales international will incredibly celebrate his 40th birthday next week, but Moyes still feels that he can make a big contribution.
“The best thing is to say he doesn't play like he's 40 and he doesn't look like he's 40,” he explained. “He's an outstanding player and it's a privilege to be working with him on my staff but also to have him as a player.
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“I’ve seen something different since I’ve come here -- just how good he is, close up -- and it’s incredible. It will be great for him to go back to Cardiff and I'm sure the supporters will give him a big cheer.”
United will again be without Danny Welbeck, while Phil Jones may also miss out. Robin van Persie is set to play, despite not featuring for the Netherlands during the international break.
Sunday will see the first competitive meeting between the two sides in almost 40 years. Cardiff’s ambition this season is to ensure that clashes with the Premier League big boys will become a regular occurrence at the Cardiff City Stadium.
So far it has been a mixed start to Cardiff’s first season back in the top flight, highlighted by wins over Manchester City and, in their last home match, local rivals Swansea. Manager Malky Mackay has no new injury worries, with Peter Odemwingie and Aron Gunnarsson set to return to fitness. Mackay could also hand just a second appearance to summer signing Andreas Cornelius. The young Denmark striker is set to return after a 10-week layoff with an ankle injury.
Where to watch: The Premier League match will kick off at 11 a.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by the NBC Sports Network, with a live stream available on NBC Sports Live Extra.