- Hull have lost 10-straight games vs. United
- The Tigers have never won a PL game in May
- United have won 1 of their last 5 games
Sunday is Hull City’s date with destiny, as Steve Bruce’s side know they must beat Manchester United at the KC Stadium (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) to have any chance of staying up.
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The problem for Hull is that even if they do win, it will be irrelevant if Newcastle United win on the final day. Hull currently sit in 18th, the final relegation spot, and are two points behind Newcastle as it has become a straight shootout between the two teams. Expect a nervous encounter at the KC as the home fans know that Hull’s two-year stay in the Premier League is close to ending.
United have fourth place secured and technically could finish third if Arsenal lose and there is a seven-goal swing on the final day. Unlikely. An interesting stat ahead of this one: in 21 games against United as a manager, Bruce has failed to win versus the club he captained and won three league titles with during his playing days.
In team news Hull’s Jake Livermore remains suspended after failing a drugs test but Bruce will likely name an unchanged side. United will welcome back Wayne Rooney from injury but star goalkeeper David De Gea is a big doubt so Victor Valdes is ready to step in if needed.
What they’re saying
Louis van Gaal on De Gea’s future: “I believe still that David de Gea shall stay. He has trained today but only with our goalkeeper trainer. He still has a little problem so I want to wait a day longer because I want him to play against Hull City. You know that I shall talk with them maybe tomorrow, we’ll have a farewell drink. After the match, I have the Monday to talk, I have spoken to some players this week. You have to wait and see how these talks develop in terms of players staying or going away.”
Steve Bruce on Hull’s situation: “We didn’t expect to be in this position but we are and let’s hope there is one final twist and one slice of luck comes our way. As soon as the team goes over the white line there is not much more you can do. Let’s turn over Manchester United, which is never easy… I don’t think you can level at them that they are not up for the fight. They have got to play and produce a performance.”
This will be a tight, tense affair in Yorkshire as Hull will come out all guns blazing in a game where they have to win and United are really playing for nothing. The Red Devils will be the heavy favorites but if Hull can get an early goal, then who knows? A draw is no good to the Tigers but I think that is what we will see on Sunday. 1-1.