(Sporting Alert) — Manchester United has handed Darren Fletcher his first English Premier League start in over a year for this afternoon’s Boxing Day clash at Hull City.

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Fletcher will play alongside Tom Cleverley in the center of the midfield with Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck also starting for Manchester United, who can go sixth in the EPL standings with a win.

Another big surprise for Manchester United is that Michael Carrick has recovered from an Achilles problem and starts on the bench, alongside Shinji Kagawa, Adnan Januzaj and captain Nemanja Vidic.

Hull City, in the meantime, named an unchanged team from the last outing with manager Steve Bruce picking the same team for the third successive EPL game.

Hull City v Manchester United

Hull team: McGregor, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Elmohamady, Figueroa, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Graham, Sagbo.
Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Faye, McShane, Koren, Boyd, Fryatt.

Manchester United team: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Evans, Smalling, Fletcher, Cleverley, Valencia, Young, Welbeck, Rooney.
Subs: Lindegaard, Vidic, Fabio, Carrick, Kagawa, Januzaj, Hernandez .


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