The first of the English Football League Cup semi-finals kicks off this evening when Jose Mourinho takes his side to, cultural capital, Hull.
Hull are coming off the back of a tough festive period with their dismal league form leading to the end of Mike Phelan’s reign. Marco Silva has since taken charge and started life up north with a cup win over Swansea. Silva’s main objective is surely Premier League survival, where he faces a near insurmountable task, whereas Jose seems keen to a trophy for his new employers.
The ‘Special One’ has hinted in his most recent press conference that he would be starting a strong team against 16/1 rated Hull.
“We play against Liverpool, a big match for us, but we want to be in the final. So we are going to face this Hull match with everything we have, all the power we have.” These comments would suggest recalls for the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic as well as Paul Pogba, who sat out Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Reading.
We expect Hull to keep it tight for as long as they can tonight, United may require a moment of brilliance from their record signing to break them down.
Pogba to score first 7/2.
United have been in great form of late having won their last eight goes on the trot. Hull don’t seem like the team with the firepower to end this formidable run and a ninth win in a row looks inevitable at 1/6. These extremely short odds aren’t doing much to get the juices flowing so we are opting for United to dominate the full game and win both halves.
Man United to win both halves 11/10
Wayne Rooney equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s long standing Man United goal scoring record on Saturday and those looking for a sentimental bet can get 4/1 on Rooney scoring first.