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24/11/2013 18:30, Report by Steve Bartram
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The Match: Late blow

We assess United's frustrating draw with Cardiff City in greater detail...

The Match An exercise in frustration for United, who looked to have battled to victory after twice forging ahead, only to let the points slip at the last. Cardiff perhaps deserved a point for their contribution to an attritional game, but United will rue chances missed when leading 2-1, and then immediately after Kim's leveller. David Moyes will view the result as two points dropped, especially coming immediately after victory over league leaders Arsenal earlier this month.
 
Goals Ben Turner's lax pass out of defence was emphatically punished in the 15th minute, as Antonio Valencia seized on the loose ball, advanced and picked out Chicharito inside the Cardiff area. The Mexican neatly helped it on to Rooney, who brought the ball under control and unleashed a near-post effort which nicked Gary Medel's studs, bouncing down and then up over the diving David Marshall. Rooney then turned provider in the final minute of the first half, whipping in a marvellous corner which Evra powered past David Marshall.

Star men Rooney once again turned in an all-action display, embellishing his goal with a string of dangerous deliveries from set-pieces, including the assist for United's second goal by Evra, who also turned in another impressive outing.

Sub-plot A pair of decisions from referee Neil Swarbrick provoked post-match debate, having booked Rooney for his kick at Jordon Mutch before offering Gary Medel nothing more

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