Thursday 26 Jan

Hull City VS. Manchester United Match Preview

26 Jan 2017 Stuart S. ENGLAND: EFL Cup

Hull City

  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L


19:45 GMT
26 January 2017

Manchester United

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D

19:45 GMT 26 January 2017

The Hull City vs Manchester United match will be played on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 at the KCOM Stadium in Kingston upon Hull.
This is the 2nd leg of the 2016-17 EFL Cup semi-final with the winners qualifying for the final to be played at Wembley on 26th February 2017 at Wembley Stadium, London.


  • Manchester United lead 2-0 from the first leg. Hull have only won by a two-goal margin against Exeter City and Swansea City this season.
  • Hull City has beaten Manchester United once in a cup match: 2-0 in the FA Cup 3rd round in 1952 (W1, L4)
  • Hull City has lost 16 of their last 17 meetings with Manchester United in all competitions.
  • There have been at least 2 goals in 9 of Hull’s last 10 games.
  • Manchester United are unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions (W12, D5)


This is the 3rd meeting between the two sides this season. Manchester United won 1-0 at the KCOM Stadium in August, thanks to a Marcus Rashford’s 91st minute goal. In the 1st leg of this semi-final, second half goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini gave Manchester United a 2-0 victory and a seemingly unassailable lead in this tie.

Head to head matches: Hull City - Manchester United

10.01.2017 EFL Manchester United Hull City 2:0
27.08.2016 Prem Hull City Manchester United 0:1


It’s quicker to list the players available to Marco Silva than those who aren’t. Ryan Mason remains in hospital following the fractured skull he suffered against Chelsea while Curtis Davies will also miss out due to an injury suffered in that game. Robert Snodgrass has been in dispute with the club for some time over his contract and having accepted a £10m offer from Burnley, it seems unlikely that the Scot will play again for Hull. The supporters will be hoping to make it to Wembley despite owner Assem Allam, not because of his investment.

Alex Bruce, Will Keane, Greg Luer, Moses Odubajo and Markus Henriksen are all out with Ahmed Elmohamady and Dieumerci Mbokani away at the Africa Cup of Nations. Allan McGregor and Brian Lenihan are doubtful so the Hull squad really is threadbare tonight.

The Tigers biggest problem is goals and with just 2 wins by a two-goal margin, it’s hard to see them even taking this one to extra time, let alone penalties or Wembley.

Former Liverpool player Lazar Markovic is likely to make his debut tonight but the reality is that this is a match which is secondary to staying in the Premier League. It will be no surprise to see some youngsters fielded by the Portuguese manager.

Latest matches: Hull City

22.01.2017 Prem Chelsea FC Hull City 2:0 L
14.01.2017 Prem Hull City Bournemouth AFC 3:1 W
10.01.2017 EFL Manchester United Hull City 2:0 L
07.01.2017 FA C Hull City Swansea City 2:0 W
02.01.2017 Prem West Bromwich Albion Hull City 3:1 L


Manchester United’s portuguese manager on the other hand, is very happy indeed. Praised by Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho has a strong squad to choose from and is further buoyed by Ivory Coast’s elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations. It means Eric Bailly should be back by the weekend and could be fit to face Wigan in the FA Cup fourth round.Bailly is United’s only reported absence with Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick and Marcos Rojo all expected to start tonight.

Wayne Rooney is expected to start this match, having broken Sir Bobby Charlton’s club scoring record at Stoke. The United captain will line-up in an attacking midfield trio most likely comprised of Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford. It’s rumoured that Anthony Martial is once more frustrated at being left out of the United starting line-up and a summer departure from Old Trafford seems inevitable.

Latest matches: Manchester United

21.01.2017 Prem Stoke City Manchester United 1:1 D
15.01.2017 Prem Manchester United Liverpool FC 1:1 D
10.01.2017 EFL Manchester United Hull City 2:0 W
07.01.2017 FA C Manchester United Reading FC 4:0 W
02.01.2017 Prem West Ham United Manchester United 0:2 W


Hull are in dire straits with the state of their squad. Losing Ryan Mason and Curtis Davies was a body-blow to Marco Silva’s hopes of winning this game. Anything other than a home defeat seems unlikely. United are too strong in every department and Hull don’t have any semblance of the feel-good factor that was around the place when they were unfortunate to lose the August meeting between the two sides.

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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