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Starting XI: Hull City v Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

Manchester United take on Hull City in the Premier League at the KC Stadium this evening. Both United and Hull are undefeated so far this season, winning both of their league matches, with one of the teams likely to lose that record today. I am sure Jose Mourinho will not be holding out for a draw, and neither will Mike Phelan. United have a good squad this season and seem to be in the right mentality to continue the club’s success, which so far seems to be good. United will be utilising more of their player as the weeks go on with the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League commencing next month. Here are the starting XI’s and list of substitutes for both teams today.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw;

Fellaini, Pogba;

Mata, Rooney, Martial;

Ibrahimovic

Substitutes:

Romero; Smalling; Young, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Schneiderlin; Rashford

Hull City:

Jakupovic;

Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson;

Meyler, Huddlestone, Clucas;

Snodgrass, Hernandez, Diomande

Substitutes:

Kuciak, Maguire, Maloney, Bowen, Olley, Clackstone, Hinchliffe

Scouting The Opposition: Hull City v Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

Hull City have pulled two great wins in their return to the Premier League and have done so even with an incredible amount of injured first team members. In recent seasons, they seem to come up just as much as they go down, and this often harms their chances of improving. Especially since key players leave the club every time they go down. The Tigers finished last season in fourth place in the Championship, and with a number of great performances, they have earned themselves yet another chance to try and prove their worth in the Premier League. The summer transfer window hasn’t been exceptional for Hull City, however, as they have looked towards their younger players to substitute their injured first team players. Manchester United won’t just witness yet another former player come back to play at Old Trafford, but he also happens to be a former coach and assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson, and that man is Mike Phelan. Last season, Phelan was an assistant at Hull, but this season he has become the caretaker manager. Unfortunately for the Tigers, expectations don’t seem to be high for them to continue their winning streak, and this weekend is set to be a slowdown to their successful return to the Premier League.

Manager: Mike Phelan

As mentioned before, Phelan used to be a key figure under Sir Alex Ferguson’s successful time at Manchester United, but his time eventually came to an end when Ferguson announced his retirement back in 2013. Once David Moyes joined Manchester United, the entire coaching staff was replaced, which led to Phelan taking a year off Football, until joining Norwich City in November of 2014 as an assistant manager. Half a year later, Phelan became the manager for a short month until leaving to be an assistant to former teammate, Steve Bruce.

Form Guide:

Hull City 2-1 Leicester City

Swansea City 0-2 Hull City

Key Man: Robert Snodgrass

Robert Snodgrass isn’t the type of player that will make you stand up out of your seat every time he touches the ball, but he is a player who can certainly take control of the direction of the game if he needs to, and he will be the key man holding Hull together this Saturday. Snodgrass helps his team most when he is able to deliver the ball to the attackers. His set pieces and crossing ability are his main abilities, and that takes away the attention from the number nines. In addition, his passing and long shot should not be taken lightly, as they can be lethal.

Predicted XI:

After winning their first two games of the season, I expect Hull City to play the same team as they have done against both Leicester and Swansea. Against Swansea, Mike Phelan made Tom Huddlestone the key central midfielder, with David Meyler and Sam Clucas alongside him, and the trio had success, therefore I would expect them to play together again. As mentioned previously, I believe that Robert Snodgrass will be Hull City’s main man going forward. However, when defences pay more attention to him they tend to forget how both Abel Hernández and Adama Diomande will develop.

Score Prediction:

Hull City 0-4 Manchester United

Whilst I believe that Hull City will be optimistic to put in a great performance at home and continue their winning streak, I believe that they will play defensively and hope to hit Manchester United on the counter. I have no doubt, however, that Manchester United will put in yet another great performance and beat them, no matter what they attempt. Manchester United finally have the threat factor when playing a team like Hull, making it hard for them to stay focused even before the match has begun. Manchester United have dominated both Bournemouth and Southampton so far in the season, and I don’t believe that Hull will be any different. Players like Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic should flourish in these games and show what they’re capable of in the field, and I fully expect them to go out there with no mercy in order to win against Hull City.

Preview: Hull City v Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

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

Suspensions/Injuries: None

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:

Predicted Score:

Hull City 0-2 Manchester United

Press Conference: Mourinho happy with Europa League draw, quiet week coming up regarding transfers

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho sat down with the media at the AON Training Complex ahead of the Premier League clash with Hull City at the KC Stadium on Saturday evening. United also saw their group for the UEFA Europa League this season, in which they will face Fenerbahce, Feyenoord, and Zorya Luhansk – which is a tough draw for United this season, but one the players will be eager to face, despite being in Europe’s secondary competition. The Portuguese manager spoke about the draw in the Europa League, the closure of the summer transfer window on Wednesday, another player leaving on loan and this weekend’s opposition, Mike Phelan’s Hull City. Here are the main points from the press conference.

Jose Mourinho on Manchester United’s opposition in this season’s UEFA Europa League group:

“This Europa League is good because if I change the team and give a few players the chance to play against a team without expression, when everyone thinks we will win comfortably, even the players can start to think that although it is a gift, it’s not the gift they want.

“Fenerbahce is Champions League [standard], as is Feyenoord. It is a big match to play in Istanbul as it is in Rotterdam, so it is a good draw for our squad.”

Mourinho suggested that contrary to speculation, there will be no more ‘major’ moves in the transfer market this summer:

“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.”

Mourinho on Mike Phelan and how he hopes he is given the Hull City job permanently:

“I hope he gets the job but loses the match! It is not fair to make a decision on the manager because he loses or wins a match. I think the reality is that he was one of the most successful assistant managers in the country with invaluable experience. Then he was an important right arm to Bruce and now he has the job and has managed to organise the people, organise his team. I think he deserves the job.”

Mourinho on Manchester United’s chances of winning the Premier League this season and how top teams underperformed last season:

“I think that more points will be needed to win the competition because many of the top teams underperformed last year, which was amazing for the beauty of the competition. I think the top teams will go back to normality this year, but only one can win it.”

Jose Mourinho also confirmed that Andreas Pereira is close to securing a loan deal with La Liga side Granada, which is expected to last the duration of the 2016/17 season, which will be good for the player to hone his skills in a top European league, in a team that will give him the time to prove himself. Pereira is a decent talent, but he has somewhat stagnated over the past year. He failed to become a regular in the first team last season and was not allowed to head out on loan in January, and seldom played for United, apart from in the U21’s, after that. Louis van Gaal may have let the Belgium-born Brazilian down and he will now want to prove that he is ready to fight for a place in the squad. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and James Wilson also headed out on loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County respectively.

Mourinho spoke about transfers and stated that aside from the speculation, there are no players leaving, or coming in, which suggests to me that the speculation about Jose Fonte and Fabinho was nothing more than the newspapers linking players to the club. Maybe there was some truth in it, but things did not take off like the manager thought it would, or he decided that the players he has are good enough for the coming season, and I tend to agree. It will be good to see Matteo Darmian given the chance to earn his place in the team, but he may be behind Antonio Valencia, who despite his form over the last few seasons being poor, has started well and looks to be close to the player he once was, but personally I do not think it will last. Having Darmian to compete with the Ecuadorian will keep both players on their toes and waiting for that chance to impress the manager – with a number of matches coming next month, the chance to impress could come around fast.

United have a much better squad than they had last season, the arrivals of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba has massively improved that, given confidence to their teammates and the club’s supporters. The fear factor is returning and providing United make it three wins in three Premier League matches this weekend by beating Hull City, it will keep United flying high at the early stages of the season and put them in good stead to face Manchester City, the first big match of the season, after the international break.

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