Hull City Vs. Manchester United – Talking Points

Published 08/28/2016, 1:37 AM EDT

This season has seen a flying start for the Mancunian red as they came into this match with immense self-belief following two back to back victories. And with a strong display by Pogba during the home game against Southampton, it felt like nothing could stop the Red Devils at the KC stadium.

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But it was a night of extreme hardwork for the Red Devils who looked to get nothing more than a point even after 28 shots and a good amount of possession. Hull were solid and looked like a team that would only let off a single point for Mourinho’s men. But Marcus Rashford had other ideas as he scored during the dying moments of the game courtesy some beautiful play by the skipper Wayne Rooney to make the Devils relive Fergie time.

Here are the talking points from the showdown at the KC.

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1. Pogba looked sluggish:

After a dream 2nd debut, it was pitched Pogba would destroy Premier League newbies Hull. But Pogba looked rather contained by the Hull midfield. His flicks and tricks that earned him the title of the most expensive player in the world were not falling through as he ended up playing quite a few square passes. He had a great attempt with a free kick inside the last 10 mins only to see it drift wide.

While he may possess the talent to be one of the best players in the world, it is clear that the Frenchman needs some time to adapt back to the Premier League. United face Manchester City in their next fixture after the international break and Jose Mourinho will need his midfield to be in top form if they are to beat Pep Guardiola’s men.

2. Hull defense was solid:

Jake Livermore battles with Manchester United’s Juan Mata for the ball

Hull made many important interceptions and blocks during the course of the entire match, especially during the last quarter of the game. Both Livermore and Davies kept the goal armored. All players flooded the goal when required and broke fast whenever they had a chance, giving De Gea a few scares. Hull sadly leaked in a goal thanks to the wonder kid Rashford, but all in all they don’t look like a shadow of a team that just got promoted and their defense and Goalkeeper look like they can keep them out of the bottom of the table come the end of the season.

3. Rashford looked sharp:

Marcus Rashford celebrates his injury time winner

Rashford was the dream kid for Manchester United last year and this year even though he might not have looked to make the team sheet week in and week out, he was arguably the best player on the pitch for United in the second half. Making many direct runs at the center-backs and giving them something to worry about, his vision and skill during the last 10 mins showed his caliber. And finally sent every Manchester United fan to lala land thanks to his last moment goal, as he applied the finishing touch to Rooney’s cross.

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4. Mkhitariyan needs more starts:


Henrikh Mkhitariyan was sent in on the hour mark to win Mourinho the other 2 points. But like any other player he seems to need more playing time. His passes were good but his finishes and shots on target were sluggish. He looks like a player who could do well with regular starts but might lose out as Mourinho continues to favor both Mata and Fellaini over the Armenian.

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5. Title race looks just a little clearer:


Although its been only 3 games since the start of the season United, Chelsea and Manchester City are front runners, and deservedly so. Both Mourinho, Conte and Pep all have their eyes on the title and all of them are playing like a dream. With United and Chelsea both winning their 3rd match day games the pressure falls on Pep to steer the Citizens to their 3rd consecutive victory. Whatever be the case, this season looks like a story that can’t be missed

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Anurag Bahadur Singh

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