Dec 26, 2013, 7:01 AM EDT
Manchester United hope to make it three in a row against a Hull side that are very difficult to beat at the KC Stadium (7:45 a.m. ET; watch live on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports Live Extra).
Now that United have pulled within eight points of the top of the table, David Moyes must be sleeping a bit more peacefully at night. The manager is still without Robin van Persie and but at least Danny Welbeck, who scored the opener against West Ham last time out before leaving the match with a knee injury, won’t miss out as feared. It will be up to him and Wayne Rooney, the club’s current top scorer, to make sure the ball lands in the back of the net.
And they’d be wise to not take Hull too lightly. The Tigers have lost just once at home, to (oddly enough) Crystal Palace. It’s three draws in succession for Steve Bruce’s men, who are well aware that stopping United’s momentum will be quite a feather in their cap. But Bruce is putting out the same lineup as Hull have used in their last four matches, a lineup that’s scored just two goals in that time.
Will Hull be able to do anything more than stop Manchester United? Or will the visitors coast to an easy win?
Hull City: McGregor, Chester, Bruce, Davies, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Figueroa, Sagbo, Graham
Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Faye, McShane, Koren, Boyd, Fryatt
Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Cleverley, Fletcher, Young, Rooney, Welbeck
Subs: Lindegaard, Vidic, Carrick, Fabio, Kagawa, Januzaj, Hernandez
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