Steve Bruce has never beaten Manchester United in his managerial career – perhaps there’s some kind of nurturing there that a player so successful for the Red Devils cannot beat his former club – but it’s something he will have to do if Hull City have any kind of chance of staying up.
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Even with a win, Bruce will still have to rely on Newcastle failing to win against West Ham – not an entirely unfeasible suggestion given the incredibly poor form of the Magpies.
But it certainly seems the omens are agains that Tigers considering they have also failed to ever win a Premier League game in May whilst there recent form hardly suggests the stirring performance to win and somehow save their Premier League status will be forthcoming. Though if there ever was a time to beat Manchester United for the first time, it might be now.
The Red Devils draw with Arsenal last week effectively ended any realistic chance they might have of reaching the automatic Champions League qualification spots with a United win, an Arsenal loss and a seven goal swing needed to leapfrog Arsene Wenger’s side into third.
And considering the demeanour of Louis van Gaal during his speech at United’s Player of the Year awards in mid-week, you’d suggest the Red Devils have taken their foot off the gas just a little as we approach the last day of the season.
Still, a serial winner like the Dutchman will want to end a season of development, improvements and progression on a high with a clear message that next season they will be going for the title.
Jake Livermore is the only noticeable missing man for Hull after his failed drug test and Steve Bruce will likely name an unchanged XI at the KC Stadium than in previous weeks.
Victor Valdes looks set to make his first start for the Red Devils if David De Gea fails to recover from a hamstring issue he suffered against Arsenal last week – a game in which Valdes made his first appearance for United.
Meanwhile Wayne Rooney will likely return after a dead leg kept him out of the game with the Gunners but Johnny Evans and Luke Shaw will miss out.