4-3-2-1: Man Utd Strongest Predicted Xl vs Hull – Key Attacker Out, Spanish Trio In
WHEN IS THE MATCH?
Kick off is at 20:00 GMT on Wednesday February 1.
WHERE IS IT BEING PLAYED?
The match will take place at Old Trafford. Here’s all the info you need about the ground.
WHY SHOULD I CARE?
Erm… haven’t we just watched this? Twice?! The third instalment of Manchester United versus Hull City could be the most decisive, however, with the hosts desperate to keep up the pressure on the Champions League spots. Sure, they technically lost against Hull last midweek – something Mourinho is desperate for us to ignore – but they still progressed to the League Cup final on aggregate.
Their last meaningful defeat was inflicted by Chelsea in October. Since then, they’ve roared into the top four equation and will be fuelled with belief about continuing their fine run.
CAN I WATCH IT ON TV?
It’s not for UK viewers. But we will have live text commentary on the website!
CAN I STILL GET TICKETS?
Eric Bailly is United’s main question mark after his return from the Africa Cup of Nations following Ivory Coast’s group-stage exit.
Under normal circumstances, United would give the 22-year-old some time to recover before easing him back into the squad, but the former Villarreal man is needed, per the Manchester Evening News’ Man United News Twitter account:
— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) January 27, 2017
For Hull, Ahmed Elmohamady remains on AFCON duty with Egypt, while DR Congo international Dieumerci Mbokani has only just returned. Robert Snodgrass has been sold to West Ham United, and Ryan Mason faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a head injury against Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho: “There are no miracles in football. When a team is in trouble for two, three, four years, it’s for some reason. When a team win titles, and in recent years (don’t) win titles, it’s for some reason. Some people get more difficult jobs than others, I got the biggest job in the country, one of the biggest jobs in the world. (It is) a job I can imagine everyone would like to have, but I got a difficult one.”
Marco Silva on transfer window: “We need to put more players in our squad to change this situation because it is not easy to play all the games and keep players fresh. We need to put quality players in our squad. We need three or four players. We will see what happens. We will try.”
Possible United XI: David De Gea, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Possible Hull XI: Eldin Jakupovic, Harry Maguire, Michael Dawson, Curtis Davies, Omar Elabdellaoui, Tom Huddlestone, David Meyler, Andrew Robertson, Evandro, Sam Clucas, Abel Hernandez
- Hull City have picked up just one point in nine Premier League meetings with Manchester United (W0 D1 L8).
- This will be the third competitive meeting between these two teams inside 23 days, with them playing each other twice in the EFL Cup before this game.
- Manchester United are on the current longest unbeaten run in the Premier League (13 games – W7 D6 L0).
- This is the Red Devils’ longest unbeaten run in the Premier League since March 2013; an 18-game run under Sir Alex Ferguson.
- Manchester United have already attempted more shots on target in their 11 league games at Old Trafford this season (77) than they did in the whole of last season at home (75).
- No player has as many goals (7), has many assists (3), has created as many chances (45) and has had as many shots (39) for Hull City in the Premier League this season than Robert Snodgrass.
- Wayne Rooney has now scored in 148 different Premier League matches. The only players to score in more are Alan Shearer (190), Frank Lampard (149) and Andrew Cole (149).
- Rooney has scored seven goals and has assisted four more in his previous seven Premier League appearances against Hull City – this includes four goals in one game (Jan 2010).
- Since the start of 2012-13, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a hand in 168 goals in 143 league appearances (127 goals, 41 assists).
- Manchester United have won more Premier League games on a Wednesday than any other team (63), while they also have the best points per game record on a Wednesday of all current Premier League teams (2.17).
- Hull City have already faced 10 penalties in the Premier League this season – one away from the record in a single PL campaign; 11 by Blackburn Rovers in 2006-07.