Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Match preview: United v Hull City EFL Cup

Jose Mourinho will shuffle his pack again for the visit of Premier League strugglers Hull City in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi final. 

Liverpool lie in wait in Sunday's blockbuster showdown, but the United boss has hinted that we'll have a strong side to face the Tigers with the team bidding for a return to Wembley.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera were rested on Saturday but are set to feature whilst David de Gea - also given an FA Cup breather - could return.

Luke Shaw is fit again but Eric Bailly remains unavailable and Marcos Rojo could be a doubt after he picked up an injury in the win over Reading. 

Despite having steered Hull to the last four, former United no.2 Mike Phelan paid the price for the club's poor league form of one win in 18 when he was sacked last week.
His replacement, relative unknown Marco Silva, won his first game in charge at the KC Stadium in a 2-0 FA Cup third round win over Swansea.

Jose is fully aware of the importance of the meeting with Liverpool but said his side would go all out in the semi-final. 

"We play a big match against Liverpool, a big match for us, but we want to be in a cup final.
"We will face this Hull match with everything we have, all our power, it is two legs but the second game is away.
"A team like Hull do not play in a semi final very often so it is also a big occasion for them."
"If we can play a strong match in the first leg that will give us an advantage, then we will do that. 
"On Saturday I played with fresh players to it is easy to know my team - the guys that didn't play against Reading.
"I don't want to say anything about first and second choice players because I have a very good squad who are all fantastic professionals and they all deserve to play." 

This is the first of three matches against the Humberside outfit in as many weeks - with the second leg scheduled for the 26th of January, six days before we meet again in the league at Old Trafford. 

Southampton host Jurgen Klopp's side at St Mary's in the first leg of the other semi final on Wednesday. 

Form guide: United W W W W W W Hull City L L L D L W 
Match odds: United 1/5 Draw 6/1 Hull City 16/5 
Referee: Kevin Friend 

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