Hull City 0-1 Man United: Marcus Rashford scores as Red Devils grab late win

first_img1 Marcus Rashford celebrates his winning goal Marcus Rashford scored in injury time as Manchester United claimed a late, late win over a resilient Hull City side at the KCOM Stadium.Mike Phelan’s men – who were again struck by injury with Robert Snodgrass taken off in the second half – put in a perfect rearguard performance for the entire game, and appeared to be heading for a memorable point.However, the young striker came off the bench to tuck home Wayne Rooney’s cross in the 92nd minute, as the Red Devils took all three points back to Old Trafford.United started the brightest, Ibrahimovic sending a looping header over the bar after nine minutes – the first real chance for either side.Hull were camped in their own half for the opening 20 minutes, though for all the Red Devils’ dominance they failed to truly test Eldin Jakupovic in goal.There were some distinct similarities to Louis van Gaal’s United from last season, with almost constant possession resulting in no clear attacking threat.Robert Snodgrass had the hosts’ best chance after 25 mins, sending a free-kick curling just wide of David de Gea’s left-hand post, and seconds later Luke Shaw cleared an Andy Robertson cross which was about to be tapped in by Snodgrass at the far postJuan Mata also came close from a free-kick, the Spaniard being fouled on the edge of the box. He took the resultant set-piece, but could only fire weakly at Jakupovic.The Tigers had stood strong and started to show some attacking threat – Abel Hernandez forcing a diving save from De Gea – although it came at the expense of their defensive strength.They conceded a series of chances, and were lucky to end the half still on parity with United.Curtis Davies cleared a close range Wayne Rooney strike off the goal line with his stomach, Anthony Martial somehow failed to make contact with a Rooney cross which surely he would have turned home from two yards out, and Ibrahimovic backheeled into the side netting from a wide angle.The visitors were ramping up the pressure, but the failed to break down Hull’s resistance before the half-time whistle blew.United continued their dominance in the second period, but still struggled to break down the resilient hosts.Snodgrass was forced off through injury early on, and a series of constant attacks from the visitors resulted in chances for Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.Hull were starting to drop deep and were hanging on by the skin of their teeth.An inability to hold possession well meant that rare attacks inevitably broke down, and resulted in United pressing forward again and again.There were calls for a United penalty after a Valencia cross, and Rooney lashed a powerful strike inches wide of the near post.Hull had a rare attack after 75 minutes, and Tom Huddlestone came agonisingly close to giving the hosts the lead with his deflected shot wrong-footing De Gea – but dribbling just wide of the post.The resultant corner led to another Huddlestone chance, which the midfielder sent flying over the bar from outside the area.Marcus Rashford, on as a substitute, forced a fine save from Jakupovic with a low shot that was heading for the far corner, and the game was restored to the usual Red Devils’ dominance.Davies put in a fantastic block to prevent Henrikh Mkhitaryan getting a free shot on goal, before Jakupovic reacted amazingly to push Valencia’s deflected cross wide.The final 10 minutes were filled with attack after attack by United, but Hull stood strong – at least until the 92nd minute.Rooney had the ball on the left wing, and sending a lovely ball into the area, Rashford was there to tap home and claim all three points for Jose Mourinho’s men.last_img

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