Hull City: Sone Aluko, Robbie Brady, Joe Dudgeon & Stephen Quinn - Out
Manchester United: Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Nani & Robin van Persie - Out; Nemanja Vidic & Daniel Welbeck - Doubtful
Hull City - None
Manchester United - None
Hull City: WLDDD
Manchester United: DLLWW
Since Hull's surprise victory against Liverpool they have tailed off somewhat, failing to win since. United on the hand have won their last two matches at a canter; therefore there can only be one winner here right? No. It will be a lot closer than you think.
Despite Hull failing to win in their last four games, three of those last four were away. Hull's strength lies in their home form - 15 of their 20 points have been acquired at home, and even more startling for United fans will be the fact Hull have only conceded 3 goals at home.
Central to to Hull's impressive home form is their tactical set up:
"Against Liverpool they went with a 3-5-2 formation, the aim was to exploit the lack of space the KC stadium has and drown out the Liverpool attack that had been whittled down to Luis Suarez. This meant despite Liverpool's domination in possession, much of it was in front of the Hull defence. When Liverpool tried to get the ball to the feet of Suarez, he was swarmed by a sea of yellow and black stripes who looked to sting the life out of Liverpool's focal point."
*Quoted from Scoop on the City
Starting with Adnan Januzaj: despite his coming of age, he has yet to establish a level of consistency.
Januzaj has not reached that level with his goal-scoring and as the above details, he loses the ball far too often and this is culpable for his poor key pass rate. Far too often, if Januzaj is not setting up a wonder goal for himself to score, he is often flattering to deceive.
Valencia has a similar problem regarding consistency, albeit for differing reasons. Valencia is more workman-like than the silky-skilled Januzaj; although this is a sought after skill, it may prove a hindrance to United's attacking aspirations.
Therefore, much like against Liverpool, Hull's hopes will hinge on how well they fending off against their oppositions star player, in this case: Wayne Rooney. Of course one of Hernandez or Welbeck will play in front Rooney, but they are extremely dependent on service to grab themselves a goal.
On the flip-side, I do not see United conceding as long as it is Evans and Jones at the back. The duo have proven themselves to be United's number one center back line-up; Ferdinand and Vidic have too many physical weaknesses and it is time for them to accept bit-part roles.
When the two play, United do not concede as much and Hull are not famed for their attacking prowess.
Hull City 0-0 Manchester United