Manchester United 3 Hull 0
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.