Competition: Premier League – Hull City vs. Manchester United
Venue: KC Stadium – Sunday, May 24 – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)
Match Odds: Hull City 21/10 – Draw 5/2 – Manchester United 6/5
Hull City face Manchester United for the last game of the Premier League season at KC Stadium on Sunday in an absolute must-win game for the Tigers if they are to stand any chance of avoiding relegation.
Steve Bruce‘s side have only managed to win two of their last eleven games (D2, L7) and have also lost their last three consecutively – the most recent was a 2-0 defeat away at Tottenham.
The defeat that will be hurting the Tigers the most is the 1-0 loss at home to Burnley which has now left them the monumental task of having to beat Manchester United and hoping that Newcastle don’t win against West Ham.
A draw will not be enough to keep Hull alive, so they have nothing to lose coming into this game and can throw caution to the wind – the problem will arise if they commit too many men forward and allow United to hit them on the break.
Manchester United have faint hopes of finishing in third and avoiding the Champions League qualificaiton playoff, but they will be relying on Arsenal losing at home to West Brom for that to be possible and given the Gunners’ superior goal difference, there would have to be an extremely unlikely scoreline in one of the games.
Louis Van Gaal‘s side have taken their foot off the gas slightly and since a run of six straight wins, the Red Devils have now lost three of their last five (W1, D1).
Ex-United player Steve Bruce is in the opposing dugout looking to save Hull from the drop and his old club could hammer the final nail in the coffin.
Hull City will be without the injured Mohamed Diame, Gaston Ramirez and Robert Snodgrass, while Jake Livermore is unavailable for non-footballing reasons. Curtis Davies will face a late fitness test.
Manchester United will be without the injured Luke Shaw, Rafael and Michael Carrick. David De Gea, Jonny Evans and Wayne Rooney will all be assessed to see if they’re fit for action.
Hull City’s last five: W/W/L/L/L
Manchester United’s last five: L/L/L/W/D
Key Stat: Hull City have lost every one of the seven Premier League game they’ve played against Manchester United. The Tigers also haven’t beaten United since 1974 in a Division Two game.
Key Player: Marouane Fellaini – The Belgian isn’t the prettiest player on the eye, but he’s been extremely effective in recent weeks and could be influential once again.
Hull City 1-2 Manchester United – It’s hard to see how Hull can turn round their season now. Even if they win, it may not be enough. They will try their hardest to win the game, but United will have too much quality for them.