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Full-time: Hull 0-1 Manchester United

  • Substitute Marcus Rashford caps off an impressive late cameo with a 92nd-minute winner at the KCOM Stadium that maintains United's 100% start under Jose Mourinho and condemns depleted Hull to their first defeat of the season
  • The 18-year-old, making his first Premier League appearance of the season, fired home from close range after excellent work from Wayne Rooney
  • United monopolised possession for the most part but struggled to turn their dominance into chances before the introduction of Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan added an extra dimension to their attack
  • Mike Phelan's side defended valiantly for the most part but lacked a consistent threat going forward
  • Robert Snodgrass went off injured in the early stages of the second half after failing to shake off a leg injury
Marcus Rashford
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Hull 0-1 Manchester United

Immediately after providing that assist, Rooney goes off to be replaced by Chris Smalling. Mourinho looking to ensure that United hold this lead in the dying moments.

Absolute heartbreak for Hull as United snatch what will surely be the winning goal at the death. Rooney gets to the byline and beats Elmohamady all ends up before looking up and laying the ball on a plate for Rashford to tap home from close range.

Jubilant celebrations from players and fans alike. The visitors' perseverance has paid off at last.

Marcus Rashford
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Goal: Hull 0-1 Manchester United (Marcus Rashford)

Pogba blazes over again and Hull respond by creating a late chance of their own. Diomande gets the better of Shaw and feeds, Meyler who shoots over. Phelan applauds another superb effort from his depleted side.

Four minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official. Can United find that elusive winner, or will Hull remain solid until the full-time whistle?

Pogba sells Maloney a clever feint before collecting Shaw's horizontal pass and bending a shot wide of the post. Still no way through for United.

Ibrahimovic is caught on his heels as a wonderful cross from Rashford skids across the six-yard box before going safe. This has been a fine late showing from the youngster and Mourinho must surely be impressed.


A dangerous ball in from Pogba takes a couple of ricochets and almost leads to an own goal. Jakupovic then shows quick reflexes to keep out a Meyler deflection and Davies makes a superb block to deny Mkhitaryan.

It's very much backs to the wall now for Hull as Phelan sends on Maguire in place of Hernandez.

Rashford sets off on a damaging run, beating Clucas before sending a low shot through the legs of Jake Livermore that Jakupovic does well to tip wide.

Another confident effort from Huddlestone after tricky work from Maloney. This time his half-volley from distance flies over the crossbar.

Rooney is booked for showing dissent towards referee Moss and Meyler picks up a yellow card of his own for knocking over Mkhitaryan. Pogba also fires a free-kick wide.

Hull have offered preciously little in terms of an attacking threat since the break, but go close when Huddlestone's powerful strike takes a huge deflection off Bailly. With De Gea wrong-footed, the ball trickles wide.

Meyler looks fortunate not to have conceded a penalty after blocking Valencia's cross with his arm. Rooney then volleys into the side netting after a half-hearted clearance from Elmohamady.

Tom Huddlestone enters the referee's notebook for bringing down Mkhitaryan after the Armenian had glided past Clucas and Meyler.

United's second change sees Rashford, named in England's U21 squad this week for their upcoming 2017 European Championship qualifier against Norway, replace Mata. This is the academy graduate's first Premier League cameo under Mourinho.

Mata combines nicely with the speedy Mkhitaryan, but still United cannot find a way beyond Davies. He has been immense so far tonight.

Hull need an out ball here, otherwise the last 20 or so minutes are going to seem like a lifetime. Hernandez is an isolated figure.

Under zero pressure, Pogba unleashes a powerful drive from quite a distance that fails to test Jakupovic. He certainly doesn't lack confidence in his own abilities.

Paul Pogba
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Ibrahimovic's latest attempt is deflected narrowly wide and a disappointing Rooney corner is headed away by first man Elmohamady.

Pogba then sends the ball back through for Zlatan, whose outrageous flick looks to set Mata free. He is stopped by the offside flag.

Martial receives possession from Rooney and proceeds to cut inside before dragging a long-range shot wide of Jakupovic's right-hand post.

That is to be the underwhelming French forward's final contribution as he makes way for Mkhitaryan.

60 minutes gone and still goalless.

The linesman signals for a clear foul from Diomande on Valencia, but Moss waves away his flag. Jakupovic then does well to claim a cross before it can reach Ibrahimovic.

Mkhitaryan will enter the fray shortly.

Rooney heads Shaw's deflected cross towards goal. Jakupovic saves and Davies goes down after sustaining a knock to the head while trying to deny the United captain.

Sam Clucas also sees stars after running straight into Ibrahimovic.

Maloney replaces Snodgrass in only the second substitution made by Phelan in the Premier League so far this season.

Snodgrass lasts less than a minute before going down once again nursing that injured right leg. His evening looks to be over.

Hull have temporarily been reduced to 10 men while Maloney prepares to come on.

We are underway for the second half. No changes from either side as Snodgrass stretches out his injured leg.

The rain is still pouring down.

How long before this man considers a change or two? Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford would be the obvious choices to make an immediate impact in the final third.

Jose Mourinho
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Not the most enthralling of matches at the KCOM Stadium thus far. United have enjoyed the lion's share of possession, but have struggled to convert that dominance into clear scoring opportunities other than Ibrahimovic's header and a chance for Martial.

Paul Pogba
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Hull have been compact and defended valiantly for the most part, led by the imposing figure of Davies. Once again they have not been overawed despite a lack of resources. They might have taken the lead themselves through Snodgrass were it not for a pivotal touch from Shaw.

More encouragement for Phelan.


Hull 0-0 Manchester United

Diomande releases Hernandez, but the Uruguayan hits a hopeful shot straight at De Gea.

That should do it for the opening period.

Ibrahimovic stretches out one of those long legs to take a free-kick away from Jakupovic. He then chases the loose ball before hitting the side netting with a creative backheel.

Two minutes of added time to be played at the end of this first half.

Valencia slips on the sodden turf but thankfully there are no Hull players around to try and capitalise on his pass back to De Gea. The rain has been teeming down for much of the afternoon.

Antonio Valencia

Hernandez guides a David Meyler cross into the arms of De Gea. At the other end, United temporarily lay siege to the Hull box and appeal in vain for handball when Davies blocks Rooney's goal-bound shot on the line.

Martial is then thwarted by a good challenge from Elmohamady.

Pogba lets fly from distance, but Eldin Jakupovic is equal to it. He also dives on Mata's bending free-kick after the Spanish playmaker was shoved over by Diomande.

Snodgrass looked to be in some discomfort as he limped off but the versatile forward is now back on the pitch. He's going to try and run it off.

Snodgrass goes close with a wicked left-footed free-kick before being prevented from nodding home Andy Robertson's deep cross at the back post by a crucial intervention from Luke Shaw.

Robert Snodgrass
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The Scottish international appeared to hit his leg against the woodwork there and will require treatment.

Diomande looks to launch a Hull counter but is swiftly stopped in his tracks by another ungainly foul from Fellaini, who duly receives the first yellow card of the evening.

Captain Rooney is then called over by Jon Moss to calm down his teammate in accordance with the new zero tolerance policy on disrespectful behaviour.

Rooney combines with Ibrahimovic but ignores the run of Mata and instead works the ball out right to Antonio Valencia. Pogba is then dispossessed and a searching cross into the box is well cleared by the experienced Davies.

Curtis Davies

Away from this match, there has been success for Hull FC today in rugby league's Challenge Cup final. A late converted try from Jamie Shaul secured a 12-10 comeback win over Warrington Wolves at Wembley.

Mata tries to set Rooney free with a clever low pass down the right channel, but Curtis Davies is alert to the danger and he guides the ball out safely for a goal kick.

United probe patiently with good movement and quick passing. Anthony Martial floats in a cross to Ibrahimovic, who sends a header narrowly over the crossbar. The travelling fans thought that was in from the opposite end of the ground.

Marouane Fellaini clumsily fells Diomande in a dangerous area, but Snodgrass' free-kick is driven straight into the wall.

Ibrahimovic defies his advancing years with a ridiculous and inventive touch under pressure from Ahmed Elmohamady that almost leads to the game's first chance.

Referee Jon Moss gives a sharp burst on his whistle and we are underway in Yorkshire. Will one of these sides produce a third consecutive Premier League victory of the season, or are both 100% records set to fall?

Let's find out.

Rest easy, United fans. De Gea is fine and starts as planned.


Reports across social media suggest that there has been no sign of De Gea in the pre-match warm-ups, with United deputies Sergio Romero and Sam Johnstone being put through their respective paces instead.


Is the Spaniard injured, or has he simply returned to the dressing room earlier than usual?

We'll keep you updated.

Despite Mourinho's public comments regarding transfers, United continued to be linked with further potential new arrivals such as Southampton skipper Jose Fonte and Monaco's Brazilian right-back Fabinho.

As for Hull, who have delayed takeover talks amid that injury/personnel crisis, Phelan has claimed that they have "agreed fees with players, clubs and agents" and are in talks over personal terms with two or three new players.

Ryan Mason

Among those new arrivals is expected to be Ryan Mason, who was left out of today's Tottenham squad for their 1-1 draw against Liverpool at White Hart Lane. Sunderland are also believed to be vying for his signature.

The Tigers have also had a bid accepted for highly-rated Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall and are hopeful of keeping both Maguire and Hernandez amid interest from elsewhere.

The United boss was speaking yesterday immediately after the Europa League group stage draw, which saw his side placed alongside Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Ukrainian wildcards Zorya Luhansk in something of a Robin van Persie reunion tour.

Mourinho also addressed the future of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has been frozen out at Old Trafford since returning from Euro 2016 duty with Germany.

It is very difficult [that he will play for United again]. Not impossible. But we have a decision completely made about Pogba, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Carrick. That is my five players for two positions.

I cannot answer for him. It is his life and career he has right to make that decision and that is not a problem for us. He is not speaking a lot and gave his last statement, which he is completely free to do in an objective and polite way.

No problem. I thought after I read some quotes from Bayern Munich they would run to Manchester to bring him back. That did not happen. I am surprised Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is not here now.

Mourinho revealed in his presser that he was happy with the size of his squad following the summer arrivals of Ibrahimovic, Pogba, Mkhitaryan and impressive centre-back Eric Bailly.

I have 23 players in the squad and, in principle, there is nobody leaving and nobody is coming. It's more than enough and if you have a problem or an opportunity then I have a few young players in the academy that I will be more than happy to give them an acceleration in their process.

Speaking at a pre-match press conference this week, Phelan was fully aware of the tough test that awaits his under-strength side today.

The players will certainly have to raise their performance level again. We're facing one of the big guns in the Premier League. We are prepared for a hectic afternoon and we know what Manchester United are all about.

It will be a difficult afternoon but the players are excited about the prospect of what is to come. I'm looking forward to it as well, although I'm under no illusions about what the players are going to be coming up against.

Manchester United have quality in abundance and they've spent something like £150million this summer to improve that – and brought in a free signing in Zlatan Ibrahimovic as well. That is where they are at – they're aiming to win everything this season and it's us who stand in their way this Saturday.

The challenge is great but we've worked really hard for the opportunity to be playing the likes of Manchester United. I'm sure everybody is looking forward to the occasion.

Hull have made just one substitution in their two Premier League outings so far - Maloney coming on for Diomande in south Wales - and unsurprisingly persevere with the same starting XI here.

Maguire is fit enough for the bench and young Ben Hinchliffe replaces Tymon. Luer also drops out.

Mourinho names exactly the same matchday squad as in that aforementioned win over Southampton. Still no place for the likes of Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Michael Carrick and Memphis Depay.

Lingard does not return.

Jose Mourinho
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Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Fellaini, Pogba, Mata, Rooney, Martial, Ibrahimovic

Subs: Romero, Smalling, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Mkhitaryan, Young, Rashford

Hull: Jakupovic, Robertson, Davies, Livermore, Elmohamady, Clucas, Meyler, Huddlestone, Snodgrass, Diomande, Hernandez

Subs: Kuciack, Maguire, Maloney, Bowen, Olley, Clackstone, Hinchliffe

Official team news and confirmed line-ups to come very shortly, but we know that Hull have centre-back Harry Maguire available again after an ankle injury. Phelan made seven changes for that cup win over Exeter and handed debuts to goalkeeper Dusan Kuciak and young duo Jarrod Bowen and Greg Olley. Greg Luer and Josh Tymon also picked up knocks in midweek.

As for United, Jesse Lingard returned to training in the build-up to this match after recovering from his own ankle problem that saw him miss out against both Bournemouth and Southampton. The 23-year-old winger netted a wonderful solo effort against Leicester at Wembley.

And what of United's start to life under the divisive Mourinho? Well, at the moment, it's very much a case of so far so good.

The FA Cup holders immediately added more silverware to the cabinet with a late Community Shield win against Leicester and began their league campaign by easily dispatching Bournemouth thanks to efforts from Juan Mata, captain Wayne Rooney and summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The irrepressible Swede, who also bagged the winner at Wembley, made it four in just his first three appearances with both goals in last week's 2-0 win over Southampton - a debut for both Friday night football and the world's most expensive footballer, £89m returnee Paul Pogba.

Supporters will be confident of another three points today, despite Hull's commendable battle against adversity. United look a force to be reckoned with once again.

Anyone who claims that they expected Hull to win their first three games of the 2016/17 campaign is frankly a liar. Having bounced back to the Premier League at the first time of asking last term courtesy of a play-off final defeat of Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley, the Tigers subsequently lurched from one crisis to another during a truly disastrous summer that left them woefully undermanned and underprepared for the significant demands of top-flight football.

After flirting briefly with the vacant England job, long-serving manager Steve Bruce quit in July amid frustration with the unpopular owners over a lack of transfer activity. As if recruiting no new players whatsoever with just four days of the transfer window remaining was not bad enough, a succession of long-term injuries sustained by the likes of Allan McGregor, Michael Dawson, Moses Odubajo and Alex Bruce left the club with just 13 fit senior players to call upon.

Mike Phelan

It is nothing short of remarkable, therefore, that Hull welcome Jose Mourinho's Manchester United to the KCOM Stadium this evening still boasting a 100% record in all competitions. Under caretaker boss Mike Phelan, who served as Sir Alex Fergusons' right-hand man during the final years of the latter's Old Trafford reign, they have demonstrated a real togetherness and fighting spirit that is at odds with their otherwise grim predicament.

An opening day win over defending champions Leicester that saw Robert Snodgrass notch the winner after Adama Diomande's overhead kick was cancelled out by a Riyad Mahrez penalty was followed by a 2-0 triumph at Swansea secured courtesy of efforts from Shaun Maloney and Abel Hernandez. They also bounced back from an early deficit on Tuesday to ease past League Two outfit Exeter and into the third round of the EFL Cup.

Today will be a much tougher challenge altogether, however. Hull have lost 10 of their last 11 matches against United and have not recorded a victory over them since November 1974.