EFL Cup semi-Final first leg | Tue Jan 10, 2017 | Old Trafford | Attendance: TBC | Scorers: Mata 55min & Fellaini 87min

9:00 PM WAT at Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United
0-0-0, Premier League

2 goals!

Mata 55min & Fellaini 87min

Hull City
0-0-0, Premier League

0 goal!

Two second half goals sent Manchester United comfortably to the second leg of the semi-final of the EFL Cup tie to the KCOM Stadium on Jan 26, 2017. With this victory, United took a step closer to reaching the EFL Cup final as goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini earned United a 2-0 victory over Hull City in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final at Old Trafford.   

Despite a ball possession advantage during the first half, the Tigers proved tough so United players had to be patient against the seemingly resilient Tigers, but after a frustrating first half at Old Trafford, the impressive Spanish diminutive stallion, Juan Mata, eased any lingering nerves about his prowess when he scored the first goal from close range in the 55th minute.

Black Frenchman, Paul Pogba, struck a post with a free-kick and soon after that, afro-bushy-haired substitute, Marouane Fellaini, scored the second goal with a header slightly late in the 87th minute.


Possession: United 71% Hull 29%

Shots: United 13 Hull 4

Shots on target: United 3 Hull 3

Corners: United 3 Hull 1

With the comfort of a two-goal advantage heading into the second leg at the KCOM Stadium against Hull on January 26, 2017 United will be confident of progressing to Wembley to face either Southampton or Liverpool next month. Like I published yesterday, I don’t give a damn who we meet in Wembley.

Jose Mourinho (photo: below) made seven changes in the United line-up for tonight’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Hull City at Old Trafford which kicked off approximately by 20:00 GMT.


The lineup had featured Spanish goalie David De Gea who replaced Sergio Romero in goal while Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Phil Jones played in the defence in place of Ashley Young, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo who went off with a muscle problem after 19 minutes of Saturday’s 4-0 mauling of Reading A.F.C. in the FA Cup.

Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera returned in midfield with experienced legs, Michael Carrick, and Marouane Fellaini who scored the second goal. Henrikh Mkhitaryan replaced Anthony Martial in attack and they all saw off Hull to the twilight zone at OT.


Manchester United has in its kitty nine wins in a row for all games consecutively, and a step closer to the EFL Cup final thanks to goals from Mata and substitute Fellaini. Another good night for me at Old Trafford I must confess.


Possession: United 66% Hull 33%

Shots: United 21 Hull 6

Shots on target: United 6 Hull 3

Corners: United 8 Hull 2

The second leg of the EFL Cup tie will take place on Thursday Jan 26, 2017. A place at Wembley awaits United and I am so thrilled.



Photo: Mata with clenched left fist dashed out in celebration after flicking in the 1st goal against Hull City.

Valencia’s cross is headed across goal by Micki to the back post where Mata flicks home brilliantly.



Photo: Fellaini dashed to the field line in front of the dugout to hug Mourinho in celebration after his 2nd goal finish against Hull City.

Darmian’s header is expertly headed home by Fellaini and he characteristically takes a short run and pumped his fists in the air in celebration – as usual!


Possession: United 66% Hull 33%

Shots: United 21 Hull 6

Shots on target: United 6 Hull 3

Corners: United 8 Hull 2


Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Darmian; Pogba, Herrera; Mata (Fellaini 79), Rooney (c) (Martial 59), Mkhitaryan (Lingard 71); Rashford.

Subs not used: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Blind, Carrick. 

Hull City: Jakupovic; Meyler, Maguire, Huddlestone (c), Robertson; Henriksen (Hernandez 19), Mason, Clucas, Tymon (Weir 90+1), Snodgrass; Diomande (Maloney 74).

Subs not used: Marshall, Clackstone, Bowen. Booked: Maguire 

Manchester United made my day on Tuesday night as the Red Devils headed to Wembley via the KCOM Stadium on January 26, 2017 . . .

Up Man U!


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