Written by HullCityJournals
Hull city travelled to play Manchester United. This was the last game the 2 sides will play against each other this season. After Hull beat them on their own turf at the KCOM on Thursday night, the tiger lads were feeling positive about a trip to the “theatre of dreams”. Which it was a dream performance for a lot of the away sides players. A few consisting of Jakupovic, Maguire, Meyler and Huddlestone. The latter continues to shine to his very best each game and looks to be in his prime form. The tigers had a fairly busy transfer deadline day prior to Wednesday’s night game. Signings of Andrea Ranocchia, Alfred n’diaye and Kamil Grosicki can make many tigers fans feel more comfortable about the current season.
The first real attack did come within the first few minutes. Carrick dinked a beautiful ball over for the Armenian Mkhitaryan who was goal side. Robertson recovered brilliantly to launch in and knock the ball away to save a certain early goal. In a reverse attack just minutes later saw the Hull side win a free-kick. United set up with a high line which nearly cost them. A ball swung in allowed Maguire to lunch in but just drift a ball wide as De Gea was routed to the spot.
Towards the end of the first half Jakupovic started his dreamland performance, and not for the first time this season. Carrick again picked out a lovely ball to the Swedish striker, who plays Pogba clean through on goal, the £89 million midfielder failed to live up to that price tag as you would expect him to put it away for that much. However the Swiss ‘keeper was priceless this game and thwarted the former Juventus man well. Pogba took his frustration out on Maguire when he made a cracking run, but was brought down by the bitter Man United player.
Now here is the extraordinary bit. A cross from Ander Herrera was met at the back post, Smalling the man who headed it back across the goal to meet Mata, who scored the opening goal in the first leg, was there waiting. The Spaniard hit it left-footed into the corner of the goal but the current no.1 ‘keeper at Hull managed to get across quickly, get to the ground like a gazelle and keep out Mata’s powerful shot with his leg, there was a goal-line decision to make after the unbelievable save. Huddlestone cleared after.
As the game got towards the end, Hull were heading for a famous result at Old Trafford. Huddlestone picked out new-signing Lazar Markovic down the left-wing and the loanee from Liverpool travelled into the area before turning Smalling away and disguised a shot to De Gea’s right instead of opting for the opposing ‘keepers preferred side. The ball was hit with venom and cannoned off the post. The red devils goalie was rooted to the spot once again.
Times got desperate for United as Ibrahimovic dived, justice was done, thankfully. Another chance for the home side was in stoppage-time when Rojo send a header flying across to the opposite side of the goal, the centre-back hit it promisingly, with pace and power but this was no match for Jak’s goalkeeping. He comfortably caught the ball and that was time!
A historic week for Hull, beating Man U and drawing with them within a week. the Marco Silva effect.
Hull fans, have you shown enough to stay up now? Let us know in the comments below!
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