EFL Cup Live, Preview, Team News: Hull City v Manchester United
HULL — Manchester United will look to secure their passage to Wembley when they travel to Hull City for the semi-final second leg of the EFL Cup on Thursday (26). Live TV and stream coverage for United States viewers will be on beIN SPORTS USA, fuboTV and beIN SPORTS CONNECT USA. For more coverage, please visit our Watch Online Streaming Sports page. Also Check www.livescores.com for more updates.
RED DEVILS HOLD ADVANTAGE
Manchester United head into this one with a 2-0 lead, having won the first leg at Old Trafford and manager Jose Mourinho was happy to have a cushion for the road trip to the KCOM Stadium.
The Red Devils have close to a full squad available, which means Mourinho could make some changes.
Luke Shaw, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ashley Young, Anthony Martial, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are all available for selection.
Shaw has returned to full training with the squad after a few setbacks and Mourinho has revealed that he’s ready to play again.
“He’s ready to play now,” confirmed Mourinho. “He’s ready to play so now you can find [it] natural if he plays on Thursday, he plays Sunday or next Wednesday.
“He’s now working without limitations so, now, he’s ready.”
SHAW READY TO BATTLE
The England international, who has been out due to injuries and illness, however, will battle with the likes of Matteo Darmian, Blind, Rojo and Young for the left-back position.
“He is ready but it’s a position we have other options [in] too so it’s one of the positions where they have to fight,” Mourinho said.
“They have to compete, they have to show quality and stability in their performances to be in the team.”
MORE INJURIES FOR HULL CITY
Meanwhile, Hull City will be without midfielder Robert Snodgrass and defender Curtis Davies, who are both injured for this one.
Winger Snodgrass, who is set to depart the club after the Tigers accepted a £10 million bid from Burnley, is currently sidelined with a muscle strain.
Meanwhile, centre-half Davies suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea and is also unavailable.
Midfielder Ryan Mason, who suffered a fractured skull at Chelsea, is also missing.
Midfielders Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini were the players on target for Manchester United in the first leg at Old Trafford earlier this month and talented forward Marcus Rashford is confident the travellers can finish the job and join Southampton in next month’s final.
LET’S GET IT DONE
“I do think that’s the biggest thing that we’ve got to try to do,” Rashford told MUTV. “Leave the last game behind us because it’s done.
“We’re going to face new challenges when we play against them at Hull. They will have the home fans behind them and are going to be raring to go so I think it’s important we keep our focus.
“I think if a goal goes for or against us, we must keep the same mentality – to go out there to win every game. I think if we concentrate on our own focus, then I’m confident we’ll get the job done.”
Hull City (squad): Jakupovic, Marshall, Elabdellaoui, Maguire, Dawson, Robertson, Evandro, Meyler, Huddlestone, Clucas, Hernandez, Diomande, Niasse, Maloney, Tymon, Bowen, Markovic.
Manchester United (squad): De Gea, Romero, Valencia, Fosu-Mensah, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Darmian, Shaw, Blind, Young, Fellaini, Carrick, Herrera, Schweinsteiger, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Rashford, Ibrahimovic, Rooney.