Premier League: Manchester United vs. Hull City
Manchester United can leapfrog Arsenal and Chelsea on top of the Premier League standings if they beat Hull City at Old Trafford this afternoon (15:00 UK).
“We’re the only game tomorrow so it’s an opportunity for us and hopefully we can take it,” United boss Sir Alex Ferguson told a news conference Friday.
The Red Devils have already lost eight games in all competitions this season, and, unusually had fallen to five EPL defeats before the turn of the year. United’s defeat at Eastlands in the League Cup semi-final, embodies a run of inconsistent results in the last two months where their lack of intensity has been found out.
The challenge of facing the Tigers today appears to be a daunting one, with Phil Brown’s side still very much involved in a relegation battle at the other end of the division.
However, Hull has gone seven EPL games without a win, failed to score in four of the last six matches, and was defeated by the Red Devils at KC Stadium in late December.
Meanwhile Rio Ferdinand will make his long-awaited return from a back injury. The 31-year-old defender has not played since his side’s 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in October and fears had grown over his long-term fitness.
His return is likely to bolster United’s troubled back four and Ferguson admits that his availability is a major help as his team prepares for a crucial week. Nemanja Vidic remains sidelined with a calf problem, but Dimitar Berbatov has recovered from injury.
UPDATE: Wayne Rooney scored all of United’s goals as they beat Hull City 4-0 to go top of the Premier League.
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