Manchester United will play their final home game against Hull City, in what has been an abysmal season of transition and embarrassing home defeats. Club legend Ryan Giggs might be drawing the curtain to the most decorated playing career in British football history, as well as his interim managerial career, come Tuesday at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils still fancy their chances of finishing sixth, above Tottenham Hotspur, to claim the final Europa league spot and will need to win their remaining games and hope Tottenham lose their final fixture, to do so. Steve Bruce and Hull City are mathematically safe now which allows them to play without pressure and with United there for the taking, they will look to pile more misery by notching a memorable victory at the Theatre of Dreams.
Everything has gone wrong for Manchester United this season right from the release of the fixture list. They have lost 7 games at home this season already and have suffered a total of 12 losses to teams from various sections of the table. With 3 wins and 3 losses in the last 6 games, the Champions will be looking to sign off with a win in their final home game and thereby keep their Europa League hopes alive.
An FA Cup final against Arsenal is on the horizon, so Steve Bruce will want his players to capitalise on United’s recent drop in momentum and confidence level to get maximum points out of this tie and possibly end his team’s three game win-less run.
Manchester United have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the match, though Wayne Rooney could return following a groin complaint that ruled him out of the previous fixture. For the visitors, Allan McGregor, Robbie Brady and Paul McShane all remain sidelined due to long-term injuries.
Possible starting lineups
Manchester Utd : De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Kagawa, Carrick, Cleverley; Welbeck, Mata, Van Persie
Hull City : Harper; Rosenior, Figueroa, Chester, Davies; Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Elmohamady; Jelavic, Long
- Manchester United have won their last 5 fixtures against Hull City in the Premier League scoring 20 goals and conceding 6.
- Manchester United have lost seven home games in this season. They got relegated to the second division the last time this happened in the 1973/74 season.
- Hull City have won just 1 of their last 5 away games and rank 17th in the away table. (D1 L3)
Robin Van Persie – Manchester United
Robin Van Persie has certainly been missed by Manchester United for large parts of this campaign. The Dutchman was literally injury-free last season and took the league by the scruff of his neck under Sir Alex. He’s just started 17 games this season and managed to net 11 goals. He has also assisted 3 goals, 2 from open play and 1 other from a set piece. His absence in the key fixtures has undoubtedly had a telling effect in Manchester United’s league position and he will be expected to score in the final two games of the campaign.
Shane Long – Hull City
Shane Long was one of the more ambitious winter arrivals at Hull that has been instrumental in their pursuit of staying in the top flight. He’s started in 14 games this season and managed to score 4 goals thus far, including a vital goal against former employers West Bromwich Albion. A clear-cut chance conversion of 67% is impressive and Steve Bruce would certainly expect his winter purchase to net a vital goal.
Manchester United has had several disappointing results at home this season. Whilst the visitors Hull City have been dismal away from home. This game being the last at home this campaign, might see several United players playing their final game at Old Trafford as a major overhaul is expected in the summer. I think Manchester United will win it with the Old Trafford crowd playing a key role in it.