Manchester United vs Hull City
Tuesday 6 May, 2014
19:45 KO BST
Old Trafford, M16 0RA
Interim manager Ryan Giggs on making a cameo appearance: “It is the last home game and obviously you want a positive result. The perfect scenario is me coming on and scoring a goal, the winning goal, and hopefully everyone will be happy but it doesn’t always work like that. We’ll have to wait and see what happens on the night.”
Robin van Persie made his comeback at the weekend and is therefore fit to be involved.
After missing the defeat to Sunderland, Wayne Rooney looks set to remain on the sidelines.
“Wayne is probably struggling for the game. He’s not quite recovered,” Ryan Giggs said.
Rafael has returned to training and could feature at some point.
- “Rafa has trained in the last few days and looks good. He could be involved in the remaining two games,” revealed Giggs.
- Nemanja Vidic is in line to make his final United appearance at Old Trafford.
- Giggs had this to say about the defender: “Vida has been a brilliant player over the years, he is probably the greatest defender I have ever played with and I have played with some good ones. He is right up there, he is a brilliant player and obviously he will be sorely missed.”
- Jonny Evans will miss the game and the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage.
Predicted line-up: De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Vidic, Evra, Cleverley, Carrick, Valencia, Mata, Januzaj, van Persie
Home record: P18 W8 D3 L7 F26 A20 Pts27
Home form: D L L W W L
Home record vs Hull City: P12 W10 D1 L1 F35 A9
Ex-United captain and current Hull manager, Steve Bruce, ahead of his side’s visit to Old Trafford with a visit to Wembley looming: “There will be a few changes. The people who need to play can now get a bit of football under their belts – it would be awful to put players in at Wembley who haven’t played much football. It’s a chance for me to give a few of the lads who have been on the bench in recent weeks a chance to play a game or two.”
Predicted line-up: Harper, Elmohamady, Bruce, Davies, Figueroa, Rosenior, Koren, Quinn, Huddlestone, Sagbo, Long
Away record: P18 W3 D3 L12 F17 A29 Pts12
Away form: W W L L D L
Last five meetings
Referee: Craig Pawson.
The 35-year-old official has taken charge of 9 Premier League matches this season, brandishing 26 yellow cards but no red cards. He has awarded 1 penalty. Took charge of United’s 2-0 home win over Cardiff City back in January.
Assistants: A Garratt, D Bryan.
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson.
It’s the last home game of the season, with several players potentially making their last appearances for United.
United currently have 60 points in this season’s Premier League – 28 fewer than at this stage last year.
Wayne Rooney has scored 6 goals in 4 Premier League appearances against Hull.
United have won all 5 of the Premier League matches between the two sides.
Hull City have never kept a clean sheet in a league fixture at Old Trafford, conceding 30 goals in the 10 matches played.
United’s 7 league defeats at home is the most since the 1973/74 season.
Hull have kept only 2 clean sheets away from home this season.
United 4/11 Draw 15/4 Hull 7/1
RedMancunian score prediction: United 3-0 Hull City