Last Three Meetings: Hull City v Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

Hull City

Manchester United head to Hull on Saturday evening hoping to maintain their perfect start to the Premier League season. With 3-1 and 2-0 wins over Bournemouth and Southampton respectively, the Reds take on newly promoted Hull City, who like Mourinho’s men, have won their opening two games. United and the Tigers are two of just four sides who have a 100% record in the league so far, with Manchester City and Chelsea.

Hull have had a rotten pre-season and have been pretty much written off before a ball was kicked this season, however, shocked everyone with their opening day victory against Premier League champions Leicester City. They followed that up with an impressive 2-0 victory over Swansea City. United are unbeaten against Hull in the Premier League (eight games played), winning seven and drawing one. In fact, the last times these two met was the first time Hull avoided defeat since the inception of the Premier League in 1992.

Hull City 0-0 Manchester United, Premier League – 24th May 2015

Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United visited Hull’s KC Stadium on the final day of the 2014/15 campaign, safe in the knowledge that they had already secured a Champions League spot. The Tigers, on the other hand, had to win to give themselves any chance of staying in the Premier League.

The game itself wasn’t a classic by any stretch of the imagination. Hull did create chances through Ahmed Elmohamady and Nikica Jelavic, however, Victor Valdes – who was making his first start for the Reds – thwarted their efforts. When fellow relegation rivals Newcastle United took the lead early in the second half, the Yorkshire side knew their fate was out of their hands. Marouane Fellaini received his marching orders late on for a rash challenge on Paul McShane as the game finished goalless.

Manchester United 3-0 Hull City, Premier League – 29th November 2014

The Reds made it three wins in a row for the first time in almost 12 months with a routine victory over Steve Bruce’s Hull City. Striker Robin van Persie answered his critics with a scrumptious left-footed strike late on to leave United in fourth place and the Tigers just outside the relegation zone on goal difference.

Chris Smalling opened the scoring on 16 minutes, albeit fortuitously. The ball somehow found its way to Smalling following a corner and his effort was bundled into his own net by Hull keeper Allan McGregor. Van Persie linked up with Wayne Rooney just before the interval with the latter drilling home a low effort from outside the area to double United’s lead. Van Persie made sure of the victory midway through the second half with a rasping effort that flew into the roof of the net. The Dutchman clenched his fist in delight following criticism that he received from manager Louis van Gaal for his performance in the 2-1 win over Arsenal just seven days earlier.

Manchester United 3-1 Hull City, Premier League – 6th May 2014

The game against Hull City was United’s last home match at the end of a below-par campaign however it was a historic victory nonetheless. A certain Ryan Giggs made his final appearance in a Manchester United shirt while an 18-year-old James Wilson scored twice on his debut. It also saw Nemanja Vidic bid farewell to the Old Trafford faithful.

Giggs, as interim manager following the sacking of David Moyes week previous, handed debuts to youngsters Tom Lawrence and James Wilson with the latter taking the headlines. He opened the scoring on the half-hour mark before doubling his side’s lead in the second-half following Fellaini’s parried effort. Matty Fryatt reduced the deficit only for Robin van Persie to restore the two-goal advantage late on. Stand-in manager Ryan Giggs entered the field with 20 minutes to go, making his 963rd and final appearance for the Reds. The Welshman almost continued his tradition of scoring in every Premier League season however saw his free-kick effort tipped over by Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic.

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