Hull have a mountain to climb to overcome the 2-0 deficit from the first leg of their FA Cup semi final against Manchester United. The Tigers have lost 12 of their last 13 matches against United in all competitions and haven’t even scored a single goal in any of their last four.
United are unbeaten in their last 17 matches in all competitions but have drawn each of their last two 1-1. They haven’t lost away from home since the start of November and will be confident of going through in this game, but will want to kill the tie quickly.
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Hull – Ryan Mason suffered a life-threating injury in their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday and there will be out for the foreseeable future.Curtis Davies was also forced off during their defeat to Chelsea and has been ruled out for the reception of Manchester United. Robert Snodgrass missed the Chelsea match and Marco Silva has confirmed he will not feature on Thursday, although he appears to have played his last game for the club after a bid of £10m from Burnley was accepted.
Silva could revert back to a four-man defence and give new signing Lazar Markovic his debut on one of the flanks.
Ahmed Elmohamady and Dieumerci Mbokani are still on Africa Cup of Nations duty, while Alex Bruce, Markus Henriksen, Will Keane, Greg Luer, Moses Odubajo, Brian Lenihan and Allan McGregor are also not options here.
Manchester United – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho isn’t expected to make too many changes from the side that beat Hull 2-0 in the first leg of their FA Cup semi final encounter.
Luke Shaw was supposed to start in the first leg before illness ruled him out and the left-back will be hoping to be given his chance to impress Mourinho here.
The United manager has also confirmed David de Gea has been given time off so Sergio Romero will start in goal.
Michael Carrick and Marcos Rojo were rested at the weekend and should return to the starting XI for Thursday’s trip to the KC Stadium.
Eric Bailly is set to return to United much earlier than expected after Ivory Coast where eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday night but he won’t be back in time to feature he