- Hull in PL’s third-worst form (1W-1D-4L)
- United have lost 3 of last 5 at Old Trafford
- Tigers haven’t won at Man Utd since 1952 FA Cup tournament
Old Trafford will say goodbye to unforgettable Nemanja Vidic on the heels of a season they’d hope to forget when Manchester United hosts Hull City on Tuesday (Watch live at 2:45pm ET on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports Live Extra).
Vidic is bidding adieu to Manchester after eight seasons in favor of a new home at Inter Milan, and expects to be a bit emotional during the send-off.
Safe from relegation with two matches remaining, Hull can finish as high as 12th or as low as 17th. The Tigers also have clinched a spot in the UEFA Europa League by virtue of their impending appearance in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on May 17.
United could still catch Tottenham for sixth place and the Europa League, but will likely finish in seventh place. The club’s 60 points are six back of Spurs.
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What they’re saying…
Hull City’s David Meyler on playing in Manchester: “It’s Old Trafford – the Theatre of Dreams. It’s where every boy that grows up watching football wants to play. It’s a remarkable place and a fantastic stadium. It’s been a difficult year for the club with everything that has gone on there but it’s going to be a really hard game for us. United have got a squad packed with quality in every position and we’re going to have to be at our best to get something from the game – we know that and we’re determined to make it happen.”
Manchester United’s Juan Mata on home finale: “It’s our last game at home this season and we want to have a decent farewell in front of our fans, with a good game and a victory. They have given us a remarkable support throughout the last year and that shows the greatness of the club and the loyalty of our fans in the good and, in particular, the bad moments.”
Ryan Giggs’ third match in charge of Manchester United will probably look a lot closer to his first, a 4-0 thumping of Norwich, than his second, a 1-0 loss to Sunderland. Expect goals from both sides and for it to be tight without Wayne Rooney. Manchested United, 3-2.
Victor Guzman used Pachuca’s first shot on target of the game to score the deciding goal in stoppage time, and Tuzos are champions of Liga MX after a 1-1 draw in Sunday’s second leg of the Liga MX Liguilla final versus Monterrey.
[ MORE: Kidnapped Pulido freed by police ]
Pachuca entered the game with a 1-0 lead, but found things level early before going down a man. But Guzman out-jumped USMNT left back Edgar Castillo for the title-winning goal, giving fellow U.S. back Omar Gonzalez his first Liga MX crown.
Here’s the goal:
Gonzalez was left out of Jurgen Klinsmann’s final 23-man roster for the Copa America Centenario, which begins Friday against Colombia. Castillo was, too, but was called into replace injured Timmy Chandler.
We doubt Gonzalez is thinking about that much right now. He’s more likely thinking about dancing some more:
There’s been a quick resolution to the kidnapping of Olympiacos and Mexico striker Alan Pulido, who has been freed by police after a “rescue operation”.
Pulido was kidnapped early Sunday while leaving a party with his girlfriend. Their car was blocked from advancing by the kidnappers, and his girlfriend was let go.
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The kidnapping lasted for several hours, as police organized quickly to find the 25-year-old striker.
From the BBC:
Pulido, 25, appeared with a bandaged hand and told reporters he was “very well”.
Officials said the rescue operation was carried out on Sunday night, without giving more details.
The high profile case clearly took priority, and tracking down this kidnapping victim was apparently fairly simple. Good to see.
PARIS (AP) Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier has been arrested following an argument with police after a night out in a Paris, a police official told The Associated Press on Monday.
The official said Aurier was arrested at 5:50 a.m. local time after he spent the night at a club with friends near the Champs-Elysees. The official said Aurier was put in a holding cell for “using violence on a police officer.”
The police official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly of the case.
[ MORE: Kidnapped Pulido freed after police operation]
PSG officials said the club will wait until receiving further information before making any comment on the incident, “which did not take place during a competition period.”
Aurier was suspended for six weeks in February after a video emerged on social media showing him making derogatory comments about PSG coach Laurent Blanc, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and other players.
The Ivory Coast defender is widely regarded as one of the best right backs in Europe.
Kasper Schmeichel is a Premier League-winning goalkeeper, just like his even-more-famous father, Peter, and no one can ever take that away from him.
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What can always be taken from the big Danish shot-stopper, though, is his starting job at Leicester City. That’s where Ron-Robert Zieler, a six-times-capped goalkeeper and 2014 World Cup winner with Germany, comes into play.
27 years old and out of contract after the expiration of his deal with Hannover, Zieler is set to become the Foxes’ first signing of the summer as Claudio Ranieri and Co. prepare to defend their PL title next season. (It’s still weird to say that, in case you were wondering.)
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Zieler arrived in Leicester on Sunday, according to Hannover’s official website, and was set to undergo a medical examination before signing a long-term contract. An established Bundesliga starter since the age of 22 (started all 34 league games each of the last five seasons), Zieler will arrive at the King Power Stadium with expectations far loftier than those of the man he’ll battle for the starting job next season, if not comparable name recognition.
With neither ‘keeper north of 30 years old as of yet (Schmeichel will turn 30 in November), it would seem that Ranieri can do no wrong in choosing either one of the combatants his no. 1 ahead of the 2016-17 season.