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Preview: Mourinho to strengthen side to beat Hull City

Old Trafford, Manchester

Premier League 2016/17

Wednesday 1st February 2017 – KO 20:00

Referee: Mike Jones

Assistant Referees: A Holmes and M Wilkes

Fourth Official: S Attwell

Manchester United is set to take on Hull City for the third time in as many weeks, and after a triumphant EFL Cup semi-final encounter for the Red Devils, they will play the most important of the three matches, in the Premier League. Hull City has looked rejuvenated under new manager Marco Silva, but they remain relegation favourites due to their lack of resources. For this reason, United needs to capitalise on this match and reduce the gap with either Liverpool or Chelsea.

Manchester United Form: WLDDW

Wigan Athletic 4-0 W, Hull City 2-1 L, Stoke City 1-1 D, Liverpool 1-1 D, Hull City 2-0 W

Manchester United made up for their three-match blip with a comfortable win against FA Cup Champions, with four players scoring much-needed goals for their morale and status at the club. However, United still looks unable to take chances in front of goal, and this could result in a problem if Hull is ready to defend deep and counter.

Hull City Form: WLWLW

Manchester United 2-1 W, Chelsea 2-0 L, AFC Bournemouth 3-1 W, Manchester United 2-0 L, Swansea City 2-0 W

Hull City heads into the match with a surprisingly better record than United over the last five games, with an unlucky result against Chelsea reducing their potential four wins to three. Despite comfortably losing the first leg against United, Hull produced enough to beat United in the second leg after a dire performance from the Red Devils, and this will hopefully make United wary.

Head to Head Record:

Manchester United: 21 victories

Draws: 4

Hull City: 6 victories

Manchester United Top Scorers:

19 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 7 – Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, 6 – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, 5 – Wayne Rooney, 4 – Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 3 – Jesse Lingard, 2 – Marouane Fellaini, Chris Smalling, 1 – Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Own Goal, Ander Herrera, Bastian Schweinsteiger

Hull City Top Scorers:

9 – Robert Snodgrass, 4 – Michael Dawson, Adama Diomande, Abel Hernández,  2 – Ryan Mason, 1 – Evandro Goebel, Markus Henriksen, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Harry Maguire, Shaun Maloney, David Meyler, Oumar Niasse, Josh Tymon

Manchester United Squad;

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira

Defenders: Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini

Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

Injuries and Suspensions: None

Hull City Squad:

Manager: Marco Silva

Goalkeepers: Allan McGregor, Dušan Kuciak, Eldin Jakupović, David Marshall, Will Mannion

Defenders: Andrew Robertson, Alex Bruce, Harry Maguire, Curtis Davies, Michael Dawson, Josh Tymon, Brian Lenihan, Josh Clackstone, Harvey Rodgers, Bradley Maslen-Jones

Midfielders: Moses Odubajo, David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone, Sam Clucas, Jake Livermore, Shaun Maloney, James Weir, Ryan Mason, Ahmed Elmohamady, Daniel Batty, Ellis Barkworth, Greg Olley, Omar Elabdellaoui

Forwards: Abel Hernández, Dieumerci Mbokani, Will Keane, Adama Diomandé, Markus Henriksen, Jarrod Bowen, Greg Luer, Johan Ter Horst, Ben Hinchliffe, Oumar Niasse

Suspensions/Injuries: Ryan Mason (fractured skull), Curtis Davies (hamstring), Markus Henriksen (shoulder), Will Keane (ACL), Moses Odubajo (knee), Greg Luer (knee), Alex Bruce (Achilles), Brian Lenihan (knee)

Predicted Starting XI:


Predicted Score:

Manchester United 2-0 Hull City

Written by Aaron Moniz

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