Manchester United struggled once again to a 0-0 draw with Hull City, as a lack of attacking impetus consigned the Red Devils to a likely damning draw. Yesterday, the entire top four dropped points, affording United a massive opportunity to reduce the gap with key opposition, but Hull had different ideas, setting up a diligent defence and trying to prevent United from playing football. For the first 75 minutes, it worked, as United couldn’t do anything in the final third until the latter stages of the match. Hull’s gritty resistance for the final fifteen minutes was enough to earn a draw against a poor attacking United side.
Save for Ander Herrera, every attacking United player will be disappointed with their inability to influence the match. Herrera was fantastic carrying the ball into midfield, and he showed the impetus needed from the rest of the team to win the match, but Paul Pogba struggled with a few missed chances and Michael Carrick could not pick out passes due to the tight, physical nature of the match. Marcus Rashford fashioned some good opportunities but missed a good chance, as enjoyable as his energy was throughout the match. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Wayne Rooney, and Juan Mata, however, were completely marked out of the game, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic was poor up top for the first time in a few months.