Tonight’s match could be Ryan Giggs’s last appearance as a player at Old Trafford. The heroic scenario of Giggs coming on to score the winning goal will not materialise without opportunity. Wanting to win the game as a manager desperate to avoid a 13th defeat, he has considered leaving himself out of the starting-line up in a bid to “do what’s best to win the game”. A Manchester United win is crucial for them to have any hope in playing in the Europa League. Tonight’s match will also mark the final home appearance of Nemanja Vidic, described by Giggs as the "greatest defender" he's ever played alongside.
Wayne Rooney is likely to miss tonight’s match. After missing Saturday’s fixture through illness and a groin injury, the star man was hoped to be match fit by the Interim Manager, but it remains unlikely. Robin van Persie could also make a return to the starting line-up after coming on as a substitute in a dismal defeat against Sunderland. Hull’s James Chester may miss the rest of the season after injuring his hamstring against Aston Villa.
With both clubs playing off the back of miserable defeats, Hull too will be looking for their first ever league victory at Old Trafford. United’s strong, third-best record in the league this season against teams in the bottom half of the table may prevent them. They have won 15 of their 19 matches. Only Arsenal and Liverpool have done better.
KICK-OFF: Tuesday 19:45
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
Hull (James Chester, David Meyler) 2 – 3 Manchester United (James Chester (og), Chris Smalling, Wayne Rooney) Premier League, December 2013
Manchester United (Wayne Rooney 4) 4 - 0 Hull Premier League January 2010
Hull (Craig Fagan) 1 - 3 Manchester United (Wayne Rooney, Andy Dawson (og) Dimitar Berbatov) Premier League, December 2009
Hull have never won at Old Trafford in the league, with nine defeats and one draw in their 10 visits. Their only victory came in the third round of the FA Cup in 1952.
United have failed to find the net in four of their last eight league games.
Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals in his last seven Premier League matches.
Hull has not recorded a victory since they reached the FA Cup final on 13 April. They have lost two matches and drawn one since then.
They have won only one of their last six league matches, and they are without a win in their last four away from home.
They have won only three of their 18 matches away from home this season. Only Norwich, Cardiff and Stoke have won fewer.
Manchester United to win: 1.36
Hull to win: 9.5
When the two teams met back in 2010 at Old Trafford on the 23 of January, Wayne Rooney scored all four goals of the match going only one nil up before half time on the 8 minute. Another two goals on the 82, and 86minute, and another in injury secured United’s win at home.