By Kiran Thakare
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Manchester United clinched a crucial 1-0 win over Hull City at KCOM Stadium on Saturday night. The win keeps Manchester United second in the table just behind Chelsea as the latter lead only by the number of goals scored.
Jose Mourinho didn’t tinker with the line-up as he retained the same players in the 18 man squad that faced Southampton last week.
The defence comprised of David De Gea in goal along with Valencia, Bailly, Blind and Shaw in the back four.
Fellaini formed the midfield combination with Pogba. The attacking line comprised of Martial, Rooney and Mata behind Ibrahimović.
United started slowly as they have done in all their Premier League games. They dominated the possession and tried to open up the compact defence of Hull City.
The first good chance of the game came for the leading scorer Ibrahimović. Martial played a great cross from the left flank only for the tall forward to head it just above the goal.
United began to grow into the game as they have a shot of Rooney cleared off the line after some brilliant work by Mata on right flank.
United continued to press for the opening goal. Ibrahimović came close again from a set piece as he controlled the cross perfectly and tried to back heel it inside the net.
The away side had a good amount of half chances but Hull City were compact and were not allowing them any space in the final third.
Mata came close at the end of the half with a delicate header after some tidy work by Valencia on the right hand side.
Mkhitaryan and Rashford impress
The visiting side came back strong in the second half. They kept on pressing for the opener with the majority of the second-half being played in Hull City’s half.
Ibrahimović came close to score after a thunderous shot from outside the box just wide of the mark.
United tried to get more men in the box in order to score from the service provided by the fullbacks. Rooney almost scored for United after his volley from one such crosses was inches wide from the target.
United improved more attacking wise after the introduction of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford in the final half and hour of the game.
The Armenian had a shot blocked after very good build-up play by involving Rashford.
United almost suffered a disaster when Tom Huddleston shot wickedly deflected off Bailly going just wide of the goal.
The goal of the game finally came up in the 92nd minute of the game when Rooney did some brilliant work on the left flank beating the right-back and squaring the ball for Rashford to finish it from close range.
The away side finally got the reward for their perseverance through the 90 minutes. A bigger test awaits for Mourinho’s men after international break as they host Manchester City.
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Fellaini, Pogba, Mata (Rashford 71), Rooney (Smalling 90), Martial (Mkhitaryan 60), Ibrahimović
Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Ander Herrera, Schneiderlin, Young