By Brayden May
Manchester United travel to Hull this weekend to take on a Tigers outfit brimming with confidence following their unbeaten start to the season.
United and Hull both currently sit second and third respectively, with only goal difference currently separating the pair.
The visitors head into the game at the KCOM stadium having claimed a 2-0 win at home thanks to a brace from summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Hull meanwhile, will be hoping to continue their strong early season form having claimed a first up win against champions Leicester before defeating Swansea 2-0 last weekend.
The match will be the first meeting between the pair since May 2015, when the Red Devils were held to a 0-0 draw away from home.
In his press conference on Friday, Jose Mourinho said “We’re not looking to other teams, we’re looking at how we perform and how much we are improving. That’s the important thing.”
There will be a familiar face in the Hull City dugout, with former Reds’ number two Mike Phelan the current caretaker coach of the club.
Mourinho was full of praise for Phelan during his address to the media, pushing for the 53-year-old to be handed the job on a full-time basis.
“I hope he gets the job, but loses the match! It is not fair to make a decision on the manager because he loses or wins a match. I think the reality is that he was one of the most successful assistant managers in the country with invaluable experience,” he said.
Phelan knows exactly the size of the task come Saturday afternoon (London Time), “It’s another tough Premier League test for us on Saturday. It will be hard, but the players are relishing the challenge,” he told the media during his press conference.
In team news the Red Devils will have a full strength squad to select from with Jesse Lingard a chance to make his first Premier League appearance of the season.
Meanwhile the home side will still remain understrength although Harry Maguire is once again available for selection after recovering from an ankle injury.
The meeting will mark the ninth team that the pair have come together in the Premier League era with United having won seven, with the Tigers having failed to win a game against the Red Devils in the Premier League.
If Hull are able to claim their first ever win against United, they will become the first promoted team since Bolton Wanderers in the 2001/02 season to win their first three games of the season.
Captain Wayne Rooney enjoys a good goal scoring record against the Tigers having scored seven goals in five games against this weekend’s opposition.
If Zlatan Ibrahimović can get on the score line, he will become the first Red Devils’ player to score in their first four competitive games for the club since 1925.
It is sure to be another exciting clash in the Premier League, but United should be quietly confident of taking all three points this weekend.
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