Written by HullCityJournals
Hull city made the trip across to the Midlands for the first leg of their 2 way tie in the capital one cup. Second-half goals from Juan Mata and substitute Fellaini left Man united with the advantage and the tigers upset from a game where thousands of fans felt proud of their makeshift team.
The game started as expected, Hull had to give a few gambles if they were going to win, these risks often got them close but got left quite open at the back. A swift counter-attack by the red devils broke down the left, Darmian got a low cross into the Spaniard Mata at the edge of the box. Mata had time and space to test Jakupovic and did so very well, but ‘the Jak’ tipped it away with a very good low dive. Should have been 1-0 already.
A man who had a MOTM performance in the losing side, ‘little’ Harry Maguire took a barnstorming run up field beating several united players, the power of the centre-back didn’t allow anyone to touch the ball, the away fans all got up on their feet ready to egg him on further, the number 5 drifted it wide and took a very weak low shot straight into the arms of De gea. A very disappointing climax after all that hard work.
After having a skeleton squad travelling with an extra space on the bench showed just how unlucky the Yorkshire club are with injuries, and I’m justified in saying this through Norwegian midfielder Henriksen getting injured 20 minutes on, making way for Hernandez, who scored at the weekend.
Hull won a free-kick on the left side, which was dangerously whipped in by the Scotsman Snoddy’. It’s flicked to the back post and Diomande loops a header back across the face of the goal and the black and amber’s team and fans painfully watched it bounce off the post, blissfully unaware of the offside flag.
The second half came about. United finally broke the deadlock, Valencia got down his edge before flying a ball in for Mkhitaryan. The Armenian rose above Meyler sending the ball to the back post where an offside Mata stood to poke the ball into the net.
United 1-0 Hull
The travelling fans were surely proud of this performance and score line, well I know I was! Little did I know that United would double their lead in the first leg. 3 minutes before the end, substitute Fellaini got a goal, young Darmian got a cross into the back post to leave a contest between the Belgian and Robertson, surely only one person would win this header, hazard a guess? Of course, the United man rose above him to header the ball down into the goal.
United 2-0 Hull
Hull fans, were you proud of the performance? Let us know in the comments below!