Hull City vs Man United preview: Will Zlatan rule again?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic pictured in first Manchester United training. Pix courtesy the Red Devils official twitter handle.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic pictured in first Manchester United training. Pix courtesy the Red Devils official twitter handle.

Hull City has surprised themselves thus far in the premier league but will have to deal with a different proposition in Zlatan Ibrahimovic when they come up against Manchester United later this evening.

The 34-year-old is chasing a 91-year-old record set by Jimmy Hanson, a local lad bought from Stalybridge Celtic who ironically scored on his debut against today’s opponents Hull in November 1924 en route becoming the first player to score in four opening matches for the Red Devils.

Zlatan has so far scored in three games; community shield against Leicester City, first premier league game against Bournemouth, and home debut against Southampton.

So, it’s all poised to go down at the KC Stadium between two sides that haven’t tasted defeat this season. The Tigers have coped very well with just 13 fit senior players following wins over current league champions Leicester City and Swansea.

But, we face a very difficult task trying to get one over Manchester United whom they haven’t beaten in 11 previous games in all competition.

However, with former Manchester United manager Mike Phelan they will hope he can inspire them to a huge win against the Mourinho led star-studded side.

Key players

Robert Snodgrass

Snodgrass was the hero in the opening day victory over league champions Leicester City with a goal and an assists in the 2-1 win. He has a swift left football and on his day can destroy any team.

Together with Adama Diomande and Abel Hernandez they have six goals between them already this season and with Shaun Maloney showing great form they could trouble Manchester United.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The big Swede is the one tasked with putting the ball at the back of the net and he hasn’t disappointed so far, scoring three goals in two premier league appearances so far.

His debut season in the premier league is proving to be a huge success already and with services from the likes of Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, and Juan Mata, he could prove too difficult for the Tigers to deal with.

Managers quote

Mike Phelan (Hull City): “I can’t praise the players here enough. There’s a great atmosphere around the place and everyone is smiling.

“It’s another tough Premier League test for us on Saturday. It will be hard, but the players are relishing the challenge.”

Jose Mourinho (Manchester United): “I hope he gets the job [despite] losing the match.

“I think the reality is he’s (Mike Phelan) one of the most successful assistant managers in the country, in the Premier League.

“Now he has this job and he has managed to motivate and organise the people. Are they defensive? Yes. But that’s the way they have found to get points. I think he deserves the job.”

Prediction: Hull City 0-4 Manchester United