Manchester United (4-4-1-1): De Gea, Jones, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Fletcher, Kagawa, Mata, Van Persie
Manchester United’s recent loss to Sunderland last weekend showed that with a change in management, the problems David Moyes faced are all still present. Notching three wins and three loses in as many games highlights a dismal season for the current champions, who look sure to finish at an all time low in seventh place. Interim player-manager Ryan Giggs could revert back to the formation he used from his initial game in charge, making up to three possible changes from his previous match. Wide men Ashley Young and Nani look to make way for the return of Shinji Kagawa and Antonio Valencia. Javier Hernandez who couldn’t keep hold of the ball up front against Sunderland could be dropped in placed of Robin van Persie who came on as a substitute in the middle of the second half. Wayne Rooney will possibly not be risked as he is still a doubt, but a return for Rafael from the bench could be a slight possibility. Jonny Evans is current injured and could very well miss the team’s final two games.
Hull City (4-2-3-1): Harper, Elmohamady, Davies, Bruce, Figueroa, Sagbo, Huddlestone, Quinn, Boyd, Jelavic, Long
Hull City have finally secured enough points to stay in the Premier League next season with two games to spare even though they only managed to win one and draw one out of their last six games. With the FA Cup final being regarded as the team’s most important match, Steve Bruce could rest a few of his key players to keep them safe for the match against Arsenal. Striking duo Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long will both play the match against Manchester United and probably the final match at the weekend as well since the pair are ineligible for the FA Cup. The Hull manager will be without James Chester who suffered an injury against Aston Villa as Alex Bruce looks to be most likely to take his place. A further three changes are a possibility for the upcoming match with Yannick Sagbo, Stephen Quinn, and George Boyd all coming into the starting line up in the place of Liam Rosenior, Jake Livermore, and David Meyler. Allan McGregor and Paul McShane are both injured but could both return to full fitness in the final game against Everton.
— Prakash Gopwani (@prakashg555) May 6, 2014
@ManUtd Mu hopefully win against hull city. 4-0. Make the fans happy
— Imam_ngrh (@Imam_ngrh) May 6, 2014
I hope Manchester United gets the three points against Hull City today. #MUFC
— ᴛᴀʟᴀʟ ᴀʟ ᴋᴜᴡᴀʀɪ (@T_binali99) May 6, 2014
Back in the 2009-2010 season, Manchester United went back to the top of the table with 4-0 victory over Hull City with Wayne Rooney scoring all four goals for his team. However, with Rooney a doubt for the upcoming match and United’s poor form, things could be quite different this time around.
Juan Mata has scored two in his last two games for United as he looks to capitalize on his recent form. With the manager playing the Spaniard in his favoured role behind the striker where he is most effective, we look forward to some creative passing from the play maker.
Manchester United vs. Hull City: An Alternative Preview
The Red Devils have won their last six league matches against Hull City, including all five Barclays Premier League clashes.
The Tigers have won none and lost nine of their 10 previous league games away at Manchester United (D1).
Wayne Rooney has scored six goals in four Premier League games against Hull City, including four in one match at Old Trafford in January 2010.
Hull City have never kept a clean sheet in a league match away at Manchester United, conceding 30 goals in their 10 trips.
On just one previous occasion has Rooney scored more than three goals in a single Premier League match, and that came against Hull City.
James Chester scored his first Premier League goal in the return fixture against the Red Devils; the team he played for as a youngster.
United have already lost seven home games this season, the most since the 1973/74 season.
The Tigers have kept only two clean sheet away from home in the Premier League all season, only Fulham (1) have kept fewer on the road this season in the competition.
Man Utd have lost more home games this season than relegation-threatened Norwich City (six) and West Bromwich Albion (five).
Manchester United’s last six Premier League games have seen them either score four and win or fail to score and lose (W3 L3).