Go for goals at Old Trafford

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: May 6 2014, 19:37 BST

Ian Ogg previews Tuesday night's Barclays Premier League fixture between Manchester United and Hull City.

Steve Harper could be in for a busy evening at Old Trafford
Steve Harper could be in for a busy evening at Old Trafford

A dead fixture on a spring Tuesday evening featuring the seventh placed side and the FA Cup finalists and it will be understandable if Hull have their focus entirely on Wembley.

Quite where Manchester United's focus is following their defeat to Sunderland - a seventh at Old Trafford this season - is anyone's guess but for a number of the underperforming squad I'd imagine it concerns their agents and pastures new.

The reverse fixture at the KC got off to a terrific start with the Tigers two up inside 13 minutes and United level by 26 before going on to win by the odd goal in five and recent games between these two sides at Old Trafford have seen plenty of goals with United winning 4-0 and 4-3.

It's no surprise, therefore, that the overs are on the short side in a game that could continue that run with Steve Bruce's side having conceded three at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Since winning their Cup semi-final they've also lost 3-0 to Arsenal and drawn 2-2 with Fulham where they were indebted to two late goals to save their blushes.

Players will, no doubt, be motivated by nailing down a place in the Wembley side but they've secured just 12 points on the road this season - scoring just 17 - and it's hard to see that changing.

United had a lot of pressure against Sunderland and almost double the number of shots of their opponents and, while statistics like that can be misleading, they have too much quality in their ranks not to be treated with respect regardless of their form.

The trouble is, all of that is reflected in prices around 4/11 for the home win which is a pretty moderate price about a side that played so poorly on Saturday and were booed off the pitch by their own fans.

There have been many calls for Ryan Giggs to take over but it seems that even having a club legend in charge has been insufficient to motivate the squad and the knowledge that he will not be in charge next season will have done little for his position and authority.

He will be looking for a response but the same would have been true ahead of the game against Sunderland and the expensively assembled squad went missing and Giggs will be looking to address their recently acquired habit of starting slowly.

Steve Bruce has never beaten Manchester United and will be keen to lose that particular albatross from around his neck and he, like Giggs, will also be looking for a response from his squad with Wembley around the corner.

It's hard to have sufficient faith in either team but backing over 3.5 goals would have collected in four of the five Premier League fixtures between these sides and, although it's a short price, the over 2.5 goals in the game looks the best way to enjoy the evening.


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