Man United v Hull City: Premier League
It’s Man United v Hull City this afternoon in a rare 3pm Old Trafford kick off with United pair Radamel Falcao and Marcos Rojo set to return from injuries respectively to face the Tigers.
Jonny Evans played for the reserves this week but is expected to remain on the sidelines with Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Rafael and Daley Blind.
Hull forward Abel Hernandez will miss the trip to United in order to be at the birth of his child in Uruguay.
The suspended Gaston Ramirez is the only other absentee for Hull.
It was interesting to listen to Ryan Giggs this week talking about the similarities between Louis van Gaal and Sir Alex Ferguson in terms of intensity and preparation, and how Van Gaal demands the same sort of intensity in training as in a game.
“He sets standards and if you drop below them he is not happy,” Giggs said.
I don’t doubt that for one minute, but he’ll have been happy enough to have seen his injury-hit team win at Arsenal last week with an inexperienced three-man backline.
They still have a long injury list but opponents Hull are in a real rut at the moment. Robin van Persie knows how they must be feeling. His recent form has been indifferent too and last weekend he had only 13 touches of the ball against his former club Arsenal.
They started well enough at home to Tottenham last weekend with an early goal from Jake Livermore, only for Gaston Ramirez to get a daft red card. Tottenham’s eventual 2-1 win was hardly a surprise.
A victory this weekend would be Hull’s first over Manchester United for 40 years, when both clubs were in the old Second Division in November 1974.
United’s first away win of the season last weekend moved them into the top four for the first time this season. There’s every chance they’ll stay there after this weekend’s games.
- United have won all six Premier League meetings.
- They have scored three goals or more in five of those six victories.
- Hull’s last league win against Manchester United came in the old Division Two in November 1974.
- United have only lost one of their last seven matches (W4, D2, L1).
- The Reds have not lost at home since the opening day of the season against Swansea.
- Angel Di Maria has more league assists this calendar year (20) than any player in the top five European leagues.
- Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals in his last eight games for club and country.
- He has scored six goals in four Premier League matches against Hull.
- Hull have won just once in 11 league games since the opening day of the season (D5, L5).
- They have lost their last three league matches and only scored one goal in their last four.
- The Tigers have drawn three of their last four away league matches (L1).
- Steve Bruce celebrates his 700th match as a manager on his return to Old Trafford.
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