KC Stadium, Kingston-upon-Hull
Premier League 2016/17
Saturday 27th August 2016 – KO 17:30 [Live on BT Sport]
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistant Referees: Andy Halliday and Eddie Smart
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson
Manchester United travel to the KC Stadium to face Hull City, a team that has started their season well, beating the Premier League holders Leicester City 2-1 and Swansea City 2-0, one of four teams this season to take maximum points; Manchester City, Manchester United, Hull City, and Chelsea. United have had a good start to their season, winning three matches in three, and they will be looking to win their fourth match in a row. Zlatan Ibrahimovic could break a 91-year-old record, should he score against the Tigers on Saturday evening, which would be a formidable start to the season, especially for a striker who many (including United supporters) said was past it. They guy is a beast, fully fit and raring to go and as former United midfielder Jesper Blomqvist said, his compatriot is pumped and ready to go. Hull manager, albeit temporary, Mike Phelan will also be looking to continue his good start of the season by beating his former club, something I am sure he would like to do, as a manager anyway.
United found out that they would face Northampton Town in the third round of the EFL Cup this season, a match which will be played on the 21st September and shown live on Sky Sports. United also saw their face in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League, where they will be pitted against Fenerbahce, Feyenoord, and Zorya Luhansk – which is a tough group for Europe’s secondary competition. Jose Mourinho will have a full squad to take to Hull with Jesse Lingard returning to training earlier in the week, so he might change things up a little. Paul Pogba will make his second United appearance this season, possibly alongside Marouane Fellaini again, but many would like to see him partner his compatriot Morgan Schneiderlin, who has yet to make a competitive start this season. United have lost the services of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, James Wilson, and Andreas Pereira this week also and they will play for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Derby County, and Granada respectively. All will be looking to learn something in first team environments this season, hopefully using it to their advantage next season where they might contend for a place in the first team squad.
This season could be a good one for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, but the Portuguese manager has suggested that the next few days of the summer transfer window will not be interesting, with any new signings coming in, or players leaving. The manager seems to be happy with the depth of his squad, which is a good thing and it shows that United have conducted their business early, which is what we all wanted, and the business was conducted well. Speaking during his press conference on Friday afternoon, Mourinho said:
“I have 23 players in the squad and in principle there is nobody leaving and nobody is coming.
“Twenty-three players is more than enough and, if you have a problem or an opportunity, then I have a few young players in the Academy that I will be more than happy to give an acceleration in their process.
“I like Cameron Borthwick-Jackson very much but he will go to Wolverhampton to play [on loan] because I have Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind to play left-back. These are the kind of decisions every club makes.
“I think we are going to have a very quiet week, not surrounded by helicopters waiting for someone to arrive or leave – I am more than happy with the squad I have.”
Manchester United Form:- WWWDWL
Southampton 2-0 W, AFC Bournemouth 3-1 W, Leicester City 2-1 W, Everton 0-0 D [F], Galatasaray 5-2 W [F], Borussia Dortmund 4-1 L [F]
Hull City Form:- WWLWWD
Swansea City 2-0 W, Leicester City 2-1 W, Torino 2-1 L [F], Çaykur Rizespor 3-1 W [F], Nottingham Forest 2-1 W [F], Barnsley 2-2 D [F]
Manchester United Squad;
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone
Defenders: Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian
Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin
Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford
Hull City Squad:
Manager: Mike Phelan
Goalkeepers: Allan McGregor, Dušan Kuciak, Eldin Jakupović, 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, Robert Snodgrass, Sam Clucas, Jake Livermore, Shaun Maloney, Ahmed Elmohamady, Daniel Batty, Ellis Barkworth, Greg Olley
Forwards: Abel Hernández, Adama Diomandé, Jarrod Bowen, Greg Luer, Johan Ter Horst, Ben Hinchliffe
Suspensions/Injuries: Greg Luer (knee), Josh Tymon (shin), Michael Dawson (knee), Moses Odubajo (knee), Alex Bruce (Achilles), Allan McGregor (back)
Predicted Starting XI:
Hull City 0-2 Manchester United