Last Updated: 24/11/13 6:32pm
A superb advert for the Premier League after a rip-roaring 90 minutes that felt like a cup tie. Cardiff twice came from behind to take a point that their effort and determination thoroughly deserved. It could have been more but mistakes at the back were twice punished by injury-hit United who were unable to find what would have been a killer third goal. But despite the quality of football on show, most of the post-match chat will be whether Wayne Rooney should have been sent off early in the first-half for kicking out at Jordan Mutch.
Another chance for United as a free-kick falls to Smalling inside the box and he turns well but drags his shot wide.
We will have a minimum of four minutes added time and United have a great chance as Turner fails to cut out a Giggs pass and Rooney has the ball 12 yards out but with the keeper off his line, he inexplicably elects to try and square the ball to Welbeck allowing Marshall to gather - what was he thinking?
Smalling brings down Noone in a dangerous area. Whittingham puts it into a crowded box and but the whistle goes as the referee wants to speak with Fellaini and Medel after a skirmish.
Cleverley is booked for a foul on Whittingham and there are some afters as tempers threaten to boil over.
Evans does well to clear from Kim after Campbell had done well to win the ball at the far post - anxious moments for United there.
Cleverley fouls Campbell and Caulker meets Whittingham's resulting free-kick but can't keep his header down.
United are playing the ball around in the centre circle and at the moment are more content to try and run the clock down rather than pursue a third goal.
Ferdinand's attempted clearance hits Smalling and Campbell almost gets in, before the former England defender's backpass put De Gea under pressure but manages to clear.
So are we going to have a grandstand finish? A third goal for United would surely kill it, but if Cardiff can draw level for a second time then who knows what the outcome could be.
This is probably the quiestest game I think I've ever seen Hernandez have - I don't recall him having a single chance.
Mutch and Fellaini are spoken to for jostling in the six-yard box before Whittingham's kick is easily taken by De Gea.
Mutch takes it and De Gea does well to punch clear but Caulker wins another corner as Cardiff turn the screw.
Evra concedes a free kick close to his own corner flag. Whittingham whips it in and Rooney heads it just over his own bar at the expense of a corner.
Marshall's long kick is met by Evans' header but it falls to Whuttingham whose first-time shot form all of 30 yards is wide.
It's Odemwingie's last touch as he is replaced by Craig Noone as Cardiff make the first change of the game.
De Gea comes to the edge of the box to collect the ball ahead of Campbell after Odenwingie's deflected pass had almost bounced into his pass.
Play has just become scrappy in the last couple of minutes with some misplaced passes but you just know there will be more chances to come - it's been one of those games.
Campbell tries to get on the end of Whittingham's ball forward and is dismayed when he doesn't get a corner off Evra.
Sloppy defending by United sees the ball presented to Campbell whose delicate chip beats De Gea but hits the crossbar.
It's yet another corner and this time Evans gets in a header but it is way too high and some of the pressure is relieved.
Rooney again takes the set piece which is this time met by Marshall who saves with his legs at the near post.
Rooney's free kick is met by a glancing header from Fellaini and Marsahll makes a brilliant one-handed save.
A fast start by United who will know they will need to score again to be sure of taking all three points, such was Cardiff's effort and spirit in the first half.
That was a far clearer chance than I initially thought having watched the replay and Fellaini will feel he should have done far better.
Rooney goes from one side of the field to the other to take it and this time he whips it in and Fellaini meets it no more than three-yards out but cannot direct his header on goal.
United force an early corner which Rooney takes and again pulls it back to Januzaj on the edge of the box but his fierce shot hits Caulker and goes out for another corner.
'This is the same team that walked to the title, scoring goals for fun. Sorry but am still not impressed by Moyes. Never thought he was the right man for job - 10 plus years at Everton and won nothing. Then you get people saying it took Sir Alex time, but Sir Alex had an average team and he's given Moyes the Premier League champions here,' says Wahid from Halifax.
Karl Beake says: 'The commentators have focused on Rooney kicking out which in itself should have been a red card but also in the replay there is a blatant arm swung into the face of Mutch ... I guess someone is still upset about the Chile result!'
Cardiff are very unlucky to go in at the break trailing after taking the game to United for long spells. They clawed their way back level with a quality goal, but two poor pieces of defending have undermined their efforts. However, THE talking point is whether Rooney should have been sent off early in the game for kicking out at Mutchl.
We will have a minimum of one minute added time before the whistle is blown to a chorus of boos from the home fans who are still incensed that Rooney was not shown a red card.
Evra is allowed a free run from the edge of the box to meet Rooney's corner and he heads home despite Cowie's efforts to keep it out on the line.
The hosts have won the bulk of the midfield battles and this has given them the platform to atack with United not looking too solid at the back at times.
It's been quite a spell of pressure for Cardiff since they levelled and at the moment they will not want to hear the fast-approaching half-time whistle.
Mutch is flattened by Cleverley and the hosts have a free kick. Whuttingham floars it to the edge of the box, Caulker wins another header and it drops to Whittingham who had run forward but he can't keep his shot down.
Cardiff attack again with Taylor's low cross met first time on the edge of the box by Cowie but his effort is well over.
Evra jinks his way into the box and goes down after a collision with Kevin Theophile-Catherine but the referee waves away half-hearted penalty appeals.
Good work by Medel and Whiitingham sees the ball go to Mutch whose pefectly weighted ball picks out the run of Campbell into the box and he produces a clinical finish past the advancing De Gea for his third goal of the season.
It's Cardiff's turn to enjoy some possession but the ball has to be played back to Marshall who clears downfield.
United try to build ftrom the back but Cardiff are pressing with great enthusiasm and refuse to allow them time.
Little to choose between the sides so far, but Rooney's strike gives United that all-important advantage.
Evra then has to be alert to clear the ball away from Campbell in the box as cardiff press for an equaliser.
Marshall kicks the ball long downfield and Campbell does well to get above Ferdinand and flick on, but Odemwingie can't get on the end of it.
Poor control by Rooney sees the ball go out for a throw and the England striker is given plenty of stick by those on the far side of this impressive stadium.
Tackles go flying in around the centre circle and certainly this is a game that has become quite spicy.
Cowie does well to win the ball back and crosses for Odemwingie who gets past Evans but fires over from 16 yards.
'Not for the first or indeed 20th time in last few seasons a man utd player escapes an obvious red card to change the game ! Refs still scared to show a red a red card!!' says Simon Wood from Bournemouth.
Cardiff can ill afford to let United get on top as they have done in the past few minutes otherwise they will surely fall further behind.
United have a free kick after a fould by Turner. Januzaj whips it to teh near post where Fellaini gets in a strong header which keeper Marshall tips over for a corner.
It just had to be Rooney to open the scoring when Cardiff will argue that he should not even be on the field.
Turner plays a sloppy pass that is intercepted by Valencia. He plays it into the box and Rooney turns Medel and his deflected shot finds the net.
It appears Anthony Jackson agrees and says: 'Seems to me that Mike Riley is going to have to issue a rather large amount of apologies this weekend after the number of brutal refereeing decisions this weekend.'
I just wonder how good the referee's view was of the incident - how he seen it from the angles I now have then it surely have been a red.
United force a corner which Rooney which Rooney takes and he pulls it back to the edge of the box for Januzaj whose volley is blocked and Cardiff clear.
Rooney can count himself very fortunate there because replays clearly show he kicked Mutch on the back of the leg.
Fellaini protests his innocence after committing another foul. Whittingham whips it in and Turner's glancing header is saved by De Gea.
Dangerous low cross from Mutch is well gathered by De Gea with Campbell ready to pounce - positive start by the hosts.
Great atmosphere inside the stadium and these are the kinds of games Bluebirds fans have been dreaming about for so long.
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Early free-kick for the home side in those red shirts I will never get used to after a foul by Fellaini.
Robin van Persie misses Manchester United's trip to Cardiff as Javier Hernandez leads the Red Devils attack. Holland international Van Persie has been struggling with a toe complaint so Hernandez comes into the side with Danny Welbeck on the bench, while Nemanja Vidic also misses out after suffering concussion against Arsenal, so Jonny Evans deputises. Cardiff boss Malky Mackay leaves Craig Bellamy on the bench as Don Cowie starts, while Jordon Mutch is preferred to Kim Bo-kyung in midfield and striker Andreas Cornelius returns from an ankle injury on the bench.
Batchou Guy Bertelot says: 'Bonjour ... je pense equipe alignee par David est anecdotique, et une victoire est imperative ce soir, pour rester en contact d'arsenal.' Now how many of you can understand that one???
Latest betting news and interestingly, United's average first-goal time is 43 minutes this season while Cardiff's is 44 minutes, with both teams to score in the first-half a 7/2 chance with Sky Bet, while it's 7/1 for the opening goal to come between minutes 41-50. United have scored twice as many goals away from home (10) as the Bluebirds have managed at the Cardiff City Stadium (5) and they're odds-on at 4/6 to score at least twice.
Rachel Jenkins: 'I'm from South Wales but a huge Man U fan. I've seen people comment that Cardiff going to win ... yes, ok, I believe in Santa too!! Man United to win 4-0 - Rooney hat-trick and Januzaj.'
Rog says: 'Not sold on Fellaini just yet, very slow and lacks the desire to be a United player - the most positive thing he has done in a United shirt so far was getting sent off! Hope Hernandez does well, but I question if he is a 90 minute player ... Very much like Ole !! Need to win this today, but they will put up more of a fight than Spurs did this afternoon so I will go for a 3-1 win.'
James Magill says: 'I think there's plenty in that Man Utd line up to see off Cardiff today with Januzaj and Rooney in great form and Hernandez and Fellaini wanting to make the most of their starts - 4-1 United.'
The teams are in and are as follows - Cardiff: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor, Cowie, Medel, Mutch, Whittingham, Odemwingie, Campbell. Subs: Hudson, Cornelius, Kim, Noone, Lewis, Gunnarsson, Bellamy. Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Fellaini, Cleverley, Valencia, Rooney, Januzaj, Hernandez. Subs: Anderson, Giggs, Lindegaard, Nani, Young, Welbeck, Buttner. Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
'Me and my cousin are watching the game today down our local, I can see Cardiff fading after 10 minutes and then United dominating for the whole game so my prediction is 5-1 with Rooney bagging a hat trick. John Wake and Alex Davis, Portsmouth.
'Predicting a big performance from United today to keep the pressure on. Hope to see Hernandez start and score as he deserves a chance and we could also see Rooney getting on the scoresheet with Giggs finishing it off in his home town,' says Liam Ross.
'I am a very confident United fan going into today's game. United and Moyes are traditionally late starters, but we are on good run of form and coming off the back of an excellent win against a team who some people think are already champions - Arsenal. But titles don't get handed out in November,' says Kieran, 17, from Salford.
Steve Stokes says: 'With City winning so easily, United will want to follow suit and play with a quick tempo - 3-0 to United.'
'I'm a massive United fan who'll be watching on my comfy couch in Ireland. This is the beginning of a long successful career for Moyes. We need a win today to keep up with Arsenal and Chelsea. I am going for 3-1 to the Reds - Rooney (2), Januzaj - and Cardiff getting a late consolation. We need to put our mark down on the league this season,' says Sophie Connolly.
'Must-win game for Manchester United and new boss David Moyes. We need to win this game to stay in contention for the title,' says Ryan Opoku.
'A must win game for United today with Arsenal and City winning. No RVP by the looks of it but Hernandez and Welbeck should be chomping at the bit to get on the scoresheet,' says James Holley in Oakdale.
Chris Green from Huddersfield is quickest off the mark and says: 'I am not a confident United fan ahead of kick-off, as Cardiff have sprung a few surprises in their first season in the Premier League. For this reason, I am predicting this one to be a tight affair, but if United can come out all guns blazing and take their chances, then I am sure they won't suffer a heartbreaking defeat, which in my opinion, would be a hammer blow to United's chances of retaining their crown.'
Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of today's Barclays Premier League clash between Cardiff City and Manchester United in the Welsh capital. Top flight newcomers Cardiff have found the going tough and have just won three of their 11 league games so far. Reigning champions United have made an indifferent start under new boss David Moyes, but victory last time out over Arsenal signalled that they are not ready to give up their title without a fight. Team news to follow shortly and, as always, we welcome your views so send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will publish the best ones.