Manchester United recorded their 9th win a row in all competitions and although a resilient Hull City side under new boss Marco Silva put up a good fight, given United’s recent form the game was never really in doubt. United controlled virtually all of the game and certainly had the better of the first half although it was Hull City who came closest to breaking the dead-lock through striker Diomande who hit the post.
United were patient however and Wayne Rooney should have scored just after half time when he received a superb through ball from Paul Pogba over the Hull defence but the captain sadly could not finish it but you get the impression that it will not be long until Rooney grabs the all-time United goals record. It was only a minute or 2 later before Mkhitaryan sent an intelligent header across the goal from a Valencia cross and Juan Mata (man-of-the-match on the night) stayed on side to deservedly give the Red-Devils the lead. Rooney was then replaced by Martial.
It looked like United might have to settle for just a 1-0 win before Jose Mourinho sticking by his man Marouane Fellaini who conceded a late penalty vs Everton to cost United 2 points back when the 2 teams tied back in December, sent the big Belgian on again to replace Mata in the 79th minute. This time Fellaini responded by converting a good cross from Martial in the 87th minute with a superb header to score United’s second goal and give them a comfortable cushion for the second leg vs Hull. The way Fellaini responded by running to hug his manager and the way the whole team congratulated the big-man showed the unity, camaraderie and good vibes now present at Old Trafford and the club are a million miles away from the way they were in November and early December.
So they now can look forward to the big clash vs Liverpool on Sunday and Jose Mourinho had this to say about the upcoming showdown with their biggest rivals as reported by the BBC :
“Maybe I didn’t prepare the team right. I didn’t give them enough intensity, and we had to change that at half-time. Maybe I should pay more attention to the dynamic of the game.
“We have to improve for Sunday. Today our performance was enough to win, but Sunday we all have to improve.”
So Jose clearly sees that United will have to be at their very best to overcome Klopp’s Liverpool but it seems like the love affair between the United boss, the players and the United faithful is starting to truly develop now as the club looks to be going from strength to strength. We think United in their current rich vein of form will beat Liverpool as Mkhitaryan was again a very influential player on the night when Zlatan was absent due to illness but should hopefully be back in time for Sunday. It was 2009 since United last won 9 games in a row so you can see how well they are playing.