Manchester United 3-1 Hull City – Match Report

Manchester United marked their final home game of the season with a 3-1 victory of Hull City. In a night that signified a changing of the guard, the interim boss, in what looks likely to be his last home league appearance, handed debuts to youngsters James Wilson and Tom Lawrence while Nemanja Vidic waved goodbye to the Old Trafford faithful for the last time. It was a dream debut for Wilson, who starred in the lone striker role with a brace of goals. Matty Fryatt pulled a goal back for Hull before substitute Robin Van Persie added a third late on.

United started the game brightly, Wilson passing up an early chance before they had a penalty shout turned away for Figueroa’s challenge on Adnan Januzaj. Tom Lawrence, operating on the left looked bright when every time he received the ball and added pace to the attack, something that has been blatantly missing at times this season. After a positive run, Lawrence saw his deflected effort tipped over the bar by Jakupovic. Having started the game amongst the substitutes, Vidic was introduced for his Old Trafford swansong after 20 minutes replacing the injured Phil Jones. Jones was taken to hospital with a shoulder injury but it is unclear as yet whether it will affect his chances of making the plane to Rio. On the half hour mark Januzaj whipped a free kick into the Hull penalty area and Fellaini, playing in the advanced midfield role he excelled in at Everton, nodded the ball down to Wilson who finished with aplomb. A goal to mark his debut for the 18 year old, he had found his theatre of dreams.

The home side continued to dominate possession after the break as Januzaj grew into the game. The Belgian delivered one of his best performances of the season and terrorised the Hull defence with his direct, electrifying running. It was an incisive run from the starlet that led to United’s second goal. Januzaj broke at pace down the right and found Fellaini who saw his shot saved and the rebound turned in by the gracious Wilson for his second. Hull hit back virtually straight away through a long range strike from Matty Fryatt who found the bottom corner from 25 yards out having skipped past Michael Carrick. On a night he will always remember Wilson was replaced by Van Persie and with 20 minutes remaining Lawrence was replaced by Giggs, 20 years his senior. The Welshman became the first Player/Manager to bring himself on since Stuart McCall with Bradford City and made his 963rd appearance for the club. He almost marked the occasion with goal but saw his free kick saved by Jajupovic. David Meyler was lucky not to be shown a red card for a nasty looking stamp on Januzaj before Van Persie added a third late on. Having been found by Giggs had his first shot blocked and converted the rebound himself.

In keeping with tradition for the last home game of the season players embarked on a lap of honour and paid tribute to the fans. Nemanja Vidic bid an emotional farwell to the club he has been at the heart of for the last 8 years. On the night that was in it Giggs’ message to the fans seemed poignant; “Keep supporting us. You’ve seen a glimpse of the future tonight. The good times will come back again.”

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