Published: Sat, August 27, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Hull v Man Utd - Match Preview & Betting markets

Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals in his last five Premier League games against Hull City.

Whilst Mourinho's success relies nearly exclusively on the performances of his new signings and the way they work together, Guardiola's challenge is to transfer his footballing philosophy onto his players.

But interim manager Phelan has overseen an excellent start to the campaign with Premier League wins over Leicester City and Swansea City being followed by a second-round triumph against Exeter City in the EFL Cup.

If Manchester United's flawless start to the season was perhaps anticipated, Hull City joining Mourinho's men on six points was something that nobody, even if Hull, would have predicted.

Man United have had a player sent off in their two previous visits to Hull, both of whom are expected to be in the starting XI on Saturday. Long-term injuries have robbed them of Michael Dawson, Moses Odubajo and Allan McGregor, while Mohamed Diame — the player whose winning goal in the League Championship playoff secured Hull's return to the Premier League — was sold to Newcastle in early August. "I am sure United have chosen wisely, but it's up to him now, he has to deliver".

But the one unexpected sight at the business end of the table is the presence of troubled Hull in third spot, making their encounter with Mourinho's star-studded line-up at the KCOM Stadium one of Saturday's most intriguing clashes.

"I believe that we can win the title, I have this vision", said Zlatan. Hull have impressed in their opening two games but their luck will run out against Mourinho's side. "But also I think any coach will tell you all players have their value whether they are top of the league or in League Two".

Phelan, who took charge after the resignation of former Manchester United teammate Steve Bruce last month, is on the verge of being appointed Hull's manager full time. In the lineup, expect the back four to remain the same, with the same midfield. The only likely change would be Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Juan Mata, for a tactical threat to stretch the pitch.

Hull have a small pool of fit senior players to choose from, and it will be interesting to see if midfielder-turned-central defender Jake Livermore can handle the United attack. Mourinho looks to have built an army set to destroy though and with Pogba, Martial, Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan all lining up together, it's hard to see how United can't win the league. Exclusively due to quality up front, I expect United to grab a win and cement their place at the top of the table, proving in the process that Hull isn't another Leicester City.

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