Momentum is the name of the game for Manchester United as David Moyes’s side have begun to find their feet in the Premier League over the past couple of of weeks.
Wins against Aston Villa and West Ham, along with the strong form of striker Danny Welbeck and young sensation Adnan Januzaj, have both contributed to United clawing their way back up the Premier League after a pretty dismal start. The media hype about Moyes being out of his depth was always just that: hype. But there is a definite sense at Old Trafford of resurgence.
United have won their last ten Boxing Day fixtures and are yet to lose to Hull City, but with the home side having conceded only three goals at home this season Moyes’s side will have their work cut out.
In terms of starting line-ups, Bruce could keep the same starting side that drew with West Brom last time out, while Moyes will be without Marouane Fellaini who is sidelined with a wrist injury. The in-form Welbeck, who scored against Villa and West Ham, was taken off against The Hammers after 54 minutes but is expected to start against Hull.
FFC PREDICTS: Hull 0-1 Man Utd
Should technically be an easy United win but while Ferguson used to be a specialist at grinding out away wins, Moyes is still a mere youngster in terms of experience. Hull at home are pretty solid in defence also.
Hull City v Manchester United Pre-Match Stats
Hull have conceded only three goals in eight Barclays Premier League home games this season.
In fact, Hull have the best home defence in the Premier League this season (three goals conceded).
Manchester United have won the last seven matches in all competitions against Hull.
The last time this fixture was played Wayne Rooney scored all four in a 4-0 win for the Red Devils at Old Trafford in January 2010.
Manchester United have won 16 of the last 17 games they have played on December 26, with the defeat away Middlesbrough in 2002 the exception.
Hull’s only previous Premier League game on December 26 was a 5-1 defeat at Man City which saw then-manager Phil Brown conduct the half-time team talk on the pitch.
Danny Welbeck has scored in successive PL games for the first time since April 2012.
Welbeck has not scored in three successive Premier League appearances since November 2010 (playing for Sunderland) – the only previous time that he has managed this.
Wayne Rooney (149 goals for Man Utd) is one goal away from becoming only the second player in Premier League history to reach the 150 goal mark for a single Premier League club (Thierry Henry – 175 for Arsenal).
Of current Premier League sides, Hull City have the lowest points per game record in December (0.80 - 12 points from 15 games).