Saturday 27 August 2016 | Premier League | KCOM Stadium | Attendance: 24,560 | Scorer: Marcus Rashford 90′
Hull City nearly messed up the Red Devils, save for Rashford
Manchester United totally dominated the August 27 Saturday match day with Hull but failed to score any goal in the first half. Hull played total defence during the second half and blocked United many times. It took until injury time for the breakthrough to arrive when some superb and dogged play from captain Wayne Rooney from the left flank for Marcus Rashford to slot in an away goal against Hull.
Photo L-R: Captain Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford & Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrate Rashford’s goal against Hull – during injury time at KCOM Stadium on Saturday August 27, 2016.
United boss, Jose Mourinho, kept faith with the same starting eleven who had impressively beaten Southampton 2-0 eight days earlier and the seven substitutes were also unchanged. This is obviously another United victory to keep up a 100% record in the Premier League so far, and it came in dramatic fashion when Rashford came off the bench to replace Juan Mata and scored that brilliant late goal during injury time at KCOM Stadium.
Possession: Hull: 37% United 63%
Shots on goal: Hull 5 United 11
Shots on target: Hull 2 United 3
Corners: Hull 0 United 1
Sir Alex Ferguson’s former assistant at Old Trafford, Mike Phelan, who is Hull’s manager unleashed a full defensive display to stop United from increasing the goal tally, albeit, the fast-depleting time left before Rashford made my day on Saturday at the KCOM Stadium.
Possession: Hull 38% United 62%
Shots: Hull 8 United 29
Shots on target: 2 United 9
Corners: Hull 1 United 6
Hull City: Jakupovic, Robertson, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone, Hernandez (Maguire 83), Snodgrass (Maloney 48), Clucas, Livermore, Diomande, Elmohamady. Subs not used: Kuciak, Bowen, Olley, Clackstone, Hinchliffe.
Booked: Huddlestone, Meyler.
United: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Fellaini, Pogba, Mata (Rashford 71), Rooney (Smalling 90), Martial (Mkhitaryan 60), Ibrahimovic. Subs not used: Romero, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Young.
Booked: Fellaini, Rooney, Rashford.
United boss, Jose Mourinho, spoke to BT Sport after Manchester United’s dramatic and deserved victory over Hull City:
“I always believed the goal would arrive”
I know when we score late people will speak about a bit of luck but the reality is we deserved it, especially in the second half. We were so dominant, so intense in our rhythm and our attacking wave and I always believed the goal would arrive. I have to say that Hull City did an amazing job and defended with everything.
They couldn’t counterattack because I think we played very well defensively and every time we lost the ball we were really strong. But I think they did fantastically well, congratulations to them and if I was the chairman I would give the job immediately to Mike Phelan. In the eyes of everyone, the players are giving everything and for him. They couldn’t do more than what they did and congratulations to Mike and the Hull boys.
“A special contribution”
A big smile and a big hug is enough! He’s working extremely well and both times when the team was in trouble and needed one goal, Community Shield with the result 1-1 and today when the score was 0-0 he (Marcus Rashford) came on and gave a special contribution. Everybody is speaking about him and Ibra – they can play together as they showed today. I think with more work he can play coming from one of the sides but I think the kid is a striker and when we play with him and Ibra together we give different problems to the opposition. Sometimes Ibra drops back because he already likes to play with the ball at his feet and Marcus is fast and has appetite to attack the last line. We tried everything”
– Jose Mourinho, Manchester United boss
Well, we tried everything and it worked . . .