Competition: Premier League – Hull City vs. Manchester United
Venue: KCOM Stadium – Saturday, August 27 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)
Match Odds: Hull 7/1 – Draw 16/5 – Manchester United 4/9
Hull have defied the odds in their opening two games, winning both, and are one of only four teams to have picked up six points.
Their last Premier League outing was against Swansea, where some ruthless finishing in the last quarter of an hour saw them come away 2-0 winners.
At some point Hull’s squad will begin to feel the pressure due to a lack of depth and injuries, but for the moment they can enjoy each game and they’ll be full confidence. A strong start to the season is all Mike Phelan would have hoped for and he has got exactly that.
Manchester United have looked very comfortable in their opening two games. They are giving off the real impression of a typical Jose Mourinho side and although they will be expecting a tough tie, they’ll feel anything less than three points this time out is not good enough.
United will be keen to push their way to the top of the table as early on as possible this season, they trail City on goals scored but have the same goal difference as their neighbours. Mourinho loves his side to be pace setters rather than chasers.
Mourinho’s new signings have dovetailed nicely with the rest of the squad so far and their direct approaching is working well.
United have scored at least two goals in their last four Premier League outings and you wouldn’t bet against them repeating that this weekend. They have a strong bench to change things up if they aren’t getting any joy in this tie.
Hull City are still light on the ground. Centre back partners Alex Bruce and Michael Dawson remain injured, while Moses Odubajo and Allan McGregor are also both still out. Josh Tymon, Harry Maguire and Greg Luer are all doubts.
Manchester United have no injury concerns so we can expect a very similar lineup from Mourinho in this tie.
Hull City’s last five: W/W
Manchester United’s last five: W/W
Key Stat: Manchester United have never lost to Hull City in the Premier League, winning eight and drawing the other.
Key Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – The big Swede has been exactly what United needed in his opening two league games, he’ll be itching to keep his scoring run going and prove to any doubters why they are wrong.
Hull City 1-3 Manchester United – Hull deserve a lot of credit for their performances so far this season and they’ve been good value in front of goal but they’ll be able to do little to stop the power of United here. An entertaining one with a result many would predict.