Hull City v Manchester United: Team news, Predicted XI, Opposition focus

Hull City v Manchester United: Team news, Predicted XI, Opposition focus

By Ollie Cranham-Young

  • United face a Hull side managed by formed reds midfielder and coach Mike Phelan
  • Both teams are looking to preserve 100% records

Manchester United travel to the KCOM Stadium to face Hull City with both sides looking to preserve their 100% starts to the season.

United have secured convincing wins in their opening two Premier League games against Bournemouth and Southampton.

While Hull have surprised many with three wins out of three. Beating Leicester and Swansea in the Premier League and Exeter in the second round of the EFL Cup.

Both sides will be determined to ensure their points tally has increased to nine points by the end of the weekend as we head into the international break.

A victory over Hull would see United maintain their position at the top of the Premier League table ahead of an International break.

With a fixture against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to come after the International break. Both Manchester clubs will be looking to go into that fixture on nine points.

Team news

Jose Mourinho will most likely have a selection headache this weekend as he now has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović has made an excellent start to his career in England with four goals in three games and surely a definite choice in Jose’s first eleven.

Paul Pogba made his second debut for the Reds when they played host to Southampton at Old Trafford on Friday, receiving the Man of the Match accolade from many.

Chris Smalling who despite his lack of minutes in pre-season due to injury returned to as a late substitute against Southampton last week and could make his first start under Jose Mourinho.

Jesse Lingard has not featured for United since he scored the first goal of their 2-1 Community Shield victory over Leicester at Wembley earlier this month.

Lingard may be in contention again after returning to full training this week.

Predicted XI

With no injury problems in the squad we expect Jose to make just one change with Mata being replaced by Mkhitaryan.

Meaning the Fellaini and Pogba will once again be partnered in front of back four of Valencia, Bailly, Blind and Shaw.

In the forward line we expect Ibrahimović to continue with Martial, Rooney and Mkhitaryan playing behind the Swedish striker.

Opposition focus

Former United midfielder and coach Mike Phelan is currently in caretaker charge of Hull and a win for his side with strengthen his position as potential permanent manager.

A shortage of players has seen Phelan naming the same starting line-up in all their games this season. On opening day Phelan didn’t make any substitutions.

With the transfer deadline looming it could be a busy week for Hull as they look to add to their first-team squad.

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