Manchester United 3 Hull 0

Robin Van Persie

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Hull City 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Nov­ember 29, 2014. Man­chester Uni­ted be­at Hull City by 3-1 at ho­me to gain their third con­sec­ut­ive Pre­mier Lea­gue win. Goals from Chris Small­ing and Way­ne Roo­ney gave Uni­ted a 2-0 lead at the break be­fore Robin van Per­sie wrapped up the scor­ing wi­th a stun­ning shot in the sec­ond half.

Liv­ing up to ex­pect­a­tions, Man­chester Uni­ted had a re­al go at Hull City at The Theatre of Dreams as they pro­duced three goals to over­come Ste­ve Bruce´s troops by 3-0 in a fairly one-sided af­fair. The Old Traf­ford club had to make do with­out key play­ers Da­ley Bli­nd, Jon­ny Evans, Phil Jones, and Lu­ke Shaw, where­as Hull had to cope with­out South­ampton loanee Gaston Ramirez. In the cor­res­pond­ing Pre­mier Lea­gue en­counter of the 2013-14 sea­son, Da­vid Moyes´s Man­chester Uni­ted had de­feated Hull 3-1 Old Traf­ford cour­tesy of a brace by Ja­mes An­thony Wil­son and one goal from Robin van Per­sie, whi­le Matt Fry­att had re­gistered the con­sol­a­tion for the vis­it­ors from East York­shire. Uni­ted, who were now ma­naged by for­mer Neth­er­lands coach Louis van Gaal, came in­to the ho­me fix­ture ag­ainst City on the back of two suc­cess­ive Pre­mier Lea­gue vic­tor­ies ag­ainst Lon­don clubs Crys­tal Pal­ace and Ar­senal and were sit­ting fourth in the Pre­miership ta­ble. Hull, mean­while had lost their two last mat­ches ag­ainst Burn­ley and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and fou­nd them­selves in 16th place. And then, from a more his­tor­ic­al per­spect­ive, Man­chester Uni­ted had won nine ga­mes on the trot ag­ainst Hull and were over­whelm­ing fa­vour­ites to emerge vic­tori­ous ag­ainst The Ti­gers at Old Trafford.

Chris Small­ing opened the scor­ing ac­count for Man­chester Uni­ted wi­th a clo­se ran­ge goal af­ter six­teen min­utes of ac­tion be­fore Way­ne Roo­ney fired a curled shot pa­st Hull net­mind­er Al­lan Mc­Gregor and in­to the goal from out­side the pen­alty area to double the lead for the spir­ited ho­me te­am just three min­utes be­fore the sound of the ha­lf-time whistle. Uni­ted con­tin­ued to dom­in­ate the pro­ceed­ings fol­low­ing the re­sump­tion and it came as no shock when they stret­ched their ad­vant­age 21 min­utes in­to the sec­ond pe­riod cour­tesy of a mag­ni­fi­cent left-footed ef­fort from Van Per­sie and from there they cruised to a com­pre­hens­ive 3-0 tri­umph ag­ainst re­leg­a­tion strug­gling City to col­lect their third suc­cess­ive vic­tory in the Pre­mier Lea­gue. Man­chester Uni­ted still re­mained in fourth spot in the Pre­miership ta­ble, tho­ugh, four points be­hind sur­prise si­de South­ampton in third po­s­i­tion, and five points adrift of neigh­bouring rivals Man­chester City who were in sec­ond place. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Chris Small­ing, Mar­cous Rojo, Mi­chael Car­rick, An­gel Di Mar­ia, Ju­an Ma­ta, Ash­ley Young, An­tonio Va­lencia, Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini, Way­ne Roo­ney, Robin van Per­sie. Sub­stitutes: Ra­damel Fal­cao, Ad­nan Janu­zaj, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Pad­dy McNair, Tyler Black­ett, An­der Her­rera, An­ders Linde­gaard. Hull City Te­am: Al­lan Mc­Gregor, Ja­mes Chester, Rob­bie Bra­dy, Andy Robert­son, Curtis Dav­ies, Mi­chael Dawson, Jake Liv­er­more, Ahmed El­mo­ha­mady, Hatem Ben Arfa, Mo Dia­me, Nikica Jelavic. Sub­stitutes: Liam Ro­senior, Tom Hud­dle­stone, Al­ex Bru­ce, Da­vid Mey­ler, Steph­en Quinn, Sone Aluko, Eld­in Jakupovic.


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