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PREVIEW: Manchester United v Hull City

Old Trafford, Manchester

Tuesday 6th May 2014 – KO 19:45 GMT

Referee: Craig Pawson, Assistants: A Garratt and D Bryan, Fourth Official: M Atkinson

Manchester United face Hull City in their final match of the season at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening. Steve Bruce’s side, who play Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley a week on Saturday, so they could make a few changes to their side as they are currently safe in fifteenth place, four points clear of the relegation zone with one match in hand of the teams that are to be considered for the final relegation spot with Cardiff City and Fulham being confirmed for the drop already. Bruce’s side really cannot better their position by much with their two remaining matches and their best chance to end the season on a high will be against Arsenal at Wembley in less than a fortnight, but they can celebrate as whether they win the FA Cup of not, they will play in the UEFA Europa League next season.

United have faltered this season, the reign of David Moyes was not the best, but Saturday’s match against Sunderland showed that it was not just the manager who was to blame. The players were very poor, as was the starting eleven chosen by interim manager Ryan Giggs. There were five or six players that do not deserve to play for United again, which means that wholesale changes are needed by the new manager, who is tipped to be Louis van Gaal and he will be announced on Wednesday is reports in the press over the last few days were anything to go by. The end of the season cannot come soon enough, but us United supporters are still having some fun, especially on Monday evening when Liverpool were 3-0 away to Crystal Palace, with the home side scoring three times in the last 15 minutes to draw the match, meaning that visions of Steven Gerrard lifting that trophy on Sunday were just visions and nothing more, especially if Manchester City beat Aston Villa on Wednesday evening. Many will not want to see either side lift the trophy and with Chelsea still in the race (only just), it is like picking the best of three evils.

Ryan Giggs sat with the media today ahead of Tuesday nights match, confirming that Wayne Rooney will most likely be absent once again with his groin injury, Jonny Evans will not play again this season and Anders Lindegaard could miss the match through illness. Rafael da Silva could return to the starting eleven, and without a solid right-back in his place, it would be welcome for the final two matches of the season. Hull City have a few absentees with Allan McGregor, James Chester, Robbie Brady, Paul McShane, Joe Dudgeon and Sone Aluko all on the sidelines; but with Steve Bruce looking ahead to the FA Cup final a week on Saturday, he could still make a few more changes.

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Manchester United Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2013/14 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 36 matches, won 18, drawn 6, lost 12 and currently have 60 points

Scored 60 goals (1.67 goals per match) & conceded 41 goals (1.14 goals per match) – 5 penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 7 matches

Clean sheet record 36%

Hull City Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2013/14 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 36 matches, won 10, drawn 7, lost 19 and currently have 37 points

Scored 37 goals (1.03 goal per match) & conceded 48 goals (1.33 goals per match) – 2 penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 4 matches

Clean sheet record 28%

Top Scorers (all competitions):

Manchester United: 19 – Wayne Rooney, 17 – Robin van Persie, 10 – Danny Welbeck, 9 – Javier Hernandez, 5 – Juan Mata, 4 – Adnan Januzaj, Antonio Valencia, 3 – Patrice Evra, Own Goal, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, 2 – Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, 1 – Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Nani, Fabio da Silva

Hull City: 5 – Matty Fryatt, 4 – Robbie Brady, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Nikica Jelavić, Shane Long, David Meyler, Yannick Sagbo, 3 – Robert Koren, Jake Livermore, 2 – George Boyd, Ahmed Elmohamady, Nick Proschwitz, 1 – Sone Aluko, James Chester, Danny Graham, Aaron McLean, Paul McShane, Stephen Quinn, Liam Rosenior

Manchester United Form: – LWLLWD

Last six matches: Sunderland 1-0 L, Norwich City 4-0 W, Everton 2-0 L, Bayern Munich 3-1 L, Newcastle United 4-0 W, Bayern Munich 1-1 D

Hull City: – LDLWWL

Last six matches: Aston Villa 3-1 L, Fulham 2-2 D, Arsenal 3-0 L, Sheffield United 5-3 W, Swansea City 1-0 W, Stoke City 1-0 L

Head to Head:

Played two matches at Old Trafford in the Barclays Premier League:

Manchester United: Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 0 – Scored 8 goals, conceded 3 goals and kept 1 clean sheets

Hull City: Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 2 – Scored 3 goals, conceded 8 goals and kept 0 clean sheets

Manchester United Squad:

Manager: Ryan Giggs

Goalkeepers: 1. David De Gea, 13, Anders Lindegaard, 40. Ben Amos;

Defenders: 2. Rafael da Silva, 3. Patrice Evra, 4. Phil Jones, 5. Rio Ferdinand, 6. Jonny Evans, 12. Chris Smalling, 15. Nemanja Vidic, 28. Alexander Büttner, 30. Guillermo Varela;

Midfielders: 8. Juan Mata, 11. Ryan Giggs, 16. Michael Carrick, 17. Nani, 18. Ashley Young, 23. Tom Cleverley, 24. Darren Fletcher, 25. Antonio Valencia, 26. Shinji Kagawa, 31. Marouane Fellaini, 44. Adnan Januzaj;

Strikers: 10. Wayne Rooney, 14. Javier Hernandez, 19. Danny Welbeck, 20. Robin van Persie, 47. James Wilson

Doubts/Injuries: 2. Rafael da Silva (hamstring), 6. Jonny Evans (ankle/foot), 10. Wayne Rooney (groin/pelvis), 13. Anders Lindegaard (illness) [injury details taken from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the FA.com]

Hull City Squad:

Manager: Steve Bruce

Goalkeepers: 1. Allan McGregor, 16. Eldin Jakupović, 22. Steve Harper, 0. Mark Oxley;

Defenders: 2. Liam Rosenior, 3. Maynor Figueroa, 4. Alex Bruce, 5. James Chester, 6. Curtis Davies, 15. Paul McShane, 19. Joe Dudgeon, 23. Abdoulaye Faye;

Midfielders: 7. David Meyler, 8. Tom Huddlestone, 10. Robert Koren, 11. Robbie Brady, 14. Jake Livermore, 27. Ahmed Elmohamady, 29. Stephen Quinn, 0. Dougie Wilson;

Strikers: 12. Matty Fryatt, 17. George Boyd, 18. Nikica Jelavić, 20. Yannick Sagbo, 21. Shane Long, 24. Sone Aluko, 31. Matthew Fletcher, 32. Calaum Jahraldo-Martin

Doubts/Injuries: 1. Allan McGregor (kidney injury), 5. James Chester (hamstring), 11. Robbie Brady (groin/pelvis), 15. Paul McShane (ankle/foot), 19. Joe Dudgeon (knee), 24. Sone Aluko (ankle/foot) [injury details taken from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the FA.com]

Predicted Formation/Starting XI:

Hull City Preview Starting XI

Score Prediction:

Manchester United 2-0 Hull City

By Paul Bienkowski

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