Friday, October 31, 2008

Preview: United v Hull City

Venue: Old Trafford. Date: Saturday, 1st November 2008. Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

United will be without Wes Brown after he picked up an ankle injury, while Gary Neville is set to return to the first-team. Edwin Van der Sar and Michael Carrick should also be handed starting berths.

The Red Devils returned to winning ways midweek, after being held by Everton at Goodison Park, beating West Ham at The Theatre of Dreams with two Cristiano Ronaldo goals. United are unbeaten at Home.

Rio Ferdinand is the only player to have been on the field for every minute of every one of United's premier league matches this season. 
Wayne Rooney, who's scored nine goals in his last nine games for club and country and five in seven appearances for United, needs one more to total 100 club goals (Everton and United)
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in each of his last eight premier league appearances at OT. If he finds the net, it will be the best such run since A. Shearer netted in 16 consecutive home league matches for Newcastle in 1996-97.

If play Gary Neville will be making his 550th appearances for Manchester United and Ronaldo will be making his 250th appearances for United. 

Head to Head: United have won their last three meetings with Hull in league and cup. The ultimate league clash was 33 years ago in the Old Second Division, when United won 2-0 at OT on 15 February 1975.
Home and away: United wins 9, Hull 4, Draws 3. (In the actual Premier league format, these two clubs never have faced)

United starter XI: Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Foster, Neville, R. Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, O'Shea, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs, Nani, Park, Rooney, Berbatov, Tevez.

Referee: Mike Dean.

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