Manchester United vs Hull City
Manchester United host FA Cup finalists Hull City on Tuesday night following Saturday’s dismal home defeat against Sunderland. In the reverse fixture back in December, United came from 2-0 down to beat The Tigers 3-2. Ryan Giggs has already stated that he wants to give every player a chance during his short spell of interim manager so there will more than likely be a number of changes again to the Welshman’s team selection.
The injury news ahead of the game is that Jonny Evans is unavailable due to an ankle injury and Wayne Rooney is also a doubt after the game against Sunderland. Rafael is in contention to return to the side and Robin Van Persie could well start up top after successfully returning from injury as a substitute against Sunderland. It also remains to be seen if Giggs will be tempted to get his kit on as this could be his final appearance at Old Trafford as part of Manchester United’s playing staff. With this all taken into account here’s how Ryan Giggs may well set up his side on Tuesday night:
David De Gea is again a certainty to start in between the sticks for the reds. With a possible place in the Spanish World Cup squad up for grabs he will be doing everything in his power to try and impress.
With both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic featuring on Saturday it is unlikely the pair will be able to start on Tuesday so expect Phil Jones to move back into the centre back position alongside Chris Smalling. At left back I also feel that Giggs may well give Alexander Buttner a chance to impress and Rafael could quite likely come in at right back after returning from injury.
United’s interim manager will again more than likely mix up the midfield again following the dire performance against Sunderland, and I feel he will opt to give Marouane Fellaini and Tom Cleverley a chance alongside each other in central midfield. He then could give the supporters what they want to see by playing the trio of Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa and Adnan Januzaj in front of them. Kagawa did not feature on Saturday so should be fresh as a result, and Januzaj impressed when coming off the bench against The Black Cats. I also expect the man himself, Ryan Giggs, to make an appearance at some point throughout the game in what could more than likely be his last appearance at Old trafford as a member of the playing staff.
With Robin Van Persie returning successfully from injury off the substitutes bench on Saturday then he will more than likely be a guaranteed starter on Tuesday night with Wayne Rooney’s absence. Javier Hernandez failed to really impress after being handed a start against Sunderland so he will more than likely be resigned to the bench again.
Predicted Starting XI:
Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Buttner;
Kagawa, Mata, Januzaj;