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December 26, 2013 7:45 AM EST
Kingston Communications Stadium — Hull
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 24826‎
 
13′ David Meyler
Wayne Rooney 26′
 
James Chester 66′ (OG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Hull City 2-3 Manchester United

Wayne Rooney shone to lead the Red Devils to a much-needed victory while Maynor Figueroa had a day to forget for the Tigers as they squandered an early two-goal lead.

By Tom J Doyle

  • Allan McGregor
    0
    0
    3.00

    Allan McGregor

    Showed bravery early on in a 50/50 with Young and made a wonderful stop from Cleverley, but could do nothing about either of United's first two goals. Replaced at half-time through injury.

  • Maynor Figueroa
    0
    0
    1.50

    Maynor Figueroa Flop of the Match

    The left-back looked uncomfortable up against Januzaj, picking up a caution as he tried to match the youngster's speed, which resulted in Smallings opener. He allowed Young in far too easily for United's third, and had a shocker in general.

  • Alex Bruce
    0
    0
    4.00

    Alex Bruce

    Rose well to set up Chester's early opener, and put in two superb challenges close to half-time to raise the noise levels at the KC. Hit the bar in the second half with a header as he dominated in the air. Booked late on.

  • James Chester
    0
    0
    3.00

    James Chester

    The former Manchester United trainee volleyed home emphatically to open the scoring but struggled with Rooney's movement, and headed in at the wrong end for United's third.

  • Curtis Davies
    0
    0
    3.00

    Curtis Davies

    The centre-back stood up well to the challenge of United and could have given the home side the lead again in the second half, but didn't connect well enough with a header.

  • David Meyler
    0
    0
    3.50

    David Meyler

    The midfielder put himself about well in the opening stages and scored a fortuitous second for the Tigers. Tracked Valencia well down the wing, but was replaced at half-time.

  • Tom Huddlestone
    0
    0
    3.00

    Tom Huddlestone

    The central midfielder was composed as usual on the ball but couldn't quite find his range with long passes.

  • Jake Livermore
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jake Livermore

    Held his position well in the centre without really unlocking the United back line, but struggled as the game wore on.

  • Ahmed El Mohamady
    0
    0
    3.50

    Ahmed El Mohamady

    Got down the right well to force a corner that led to Chester's opener, and drew a booking from Januzaj.

  • Danny Graham
    0
    0
    3.00

    Danny Graham

    The striker was quiet in the first half save for a deflected effort which went close five minutes from the interval.

  • Y. Sagbo
    0
    0
    3.50

    Y. Sagbo

    The forward held up the ball well in advanced positions to unsettle Evans and Smalling, and tested De Gea with a fierce drive early in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Stephen Harper
    0
    0
    3.00

    Stephen Harper

    Came on for the injured McGregor at halftime. Could do nothing about Chester's own goal, but was off his line well to deny Hernandez.

  • Robert Koren
    0
    0
    2.50

    Robert Koren

    Replaced the impressive Meyler at the interval but had little impact.

  • George Boyd
    0
    0
    2.50

    George Boyd

    Replaced the disappointing Figueroa with 20 minutes to go.

  • David de Gea
    0
    0
    3.00

    David de Gea

    The Spaniard could do nothing about either Hull goal, with Evans deflecting the second past him. Came out for a ball that was never his late on and almost cost United, but made a superb stop to deny Bruce late on.

  • Rafael
    0
    0
    2.50

    Rafael

    The wing back didn't get off to the best of starts, and picked up a groin strain forcing him off for Januzaj early on.

  • Patrice Evra
    0
    0
    2.00

    Patrice Evra

    The Frenchman struggled with El Mohamady's overlapping runs down the wing, forcing Cleverley and Januzaj into desperate tackles, and failed to get forward with his usual vigor.

  • Jonny Evans
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jonny Evans

    The center back had a nightmare early on, giving the ball away and deflecting Meyler's tame shot past De Gea. He was more composed in the second half, but cannot give goals away that cheaply any more.

  • Chris Smalling
    0
    0
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Looked lost early on but rose well to head United's opener and restore the belief.

  • Ashley Young
    0
    0
    3.50

    Ashley Young

    The winger put in a few teasing crosses from the left but couldn't work a shooting position to keep up his recent goalscoring form. Switched to the right and was far better, finding space past Figueroa to force Chester's own goal.

  • Tom Cleverley
    0
    0
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    Almost scored a peach from distance but was denied well by McGregor. Otherwise solid if unspectacular.

  • Darren Fletcher
    0
    0
    3.00

    Darren Fletcher

    The midfielder was quiet on his first start for over a year but tidy in possession, and battled well whenever the chance arose. Looked understandably off the pace as the game wore on, and was replaced by Hernandez on the hour.

  • Antonio Valencia
    0
    0
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia

    The Eduadorian was forced to right back after Rafael's injury, but was disciplined defensively - save for his comical booking - and still got forward well to support Januzaj. Send off stupidly late on for booting the ball away.

  • Wayne Rooney
    0
    0
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney Top of the Match

    The striker put in a great cross for Smalling to head home and then scored a stunning volley to level the game at 2-2, while his presence unnerved Chester for the defender's own goal. Whenever the going gets tough for United this season, Rooney stands up to be counted.

  • Danny Welbeck
    0
    0
    3.50

    Danny Welbeck

    The young forward supported the play well and linked with Rooney to set up United's second. A professional display from the striker, without ever looking truly dangerous.

Substitutions

  • Michael Carrick
    0
    0

    Michael Carrick

    The playmaker made his comeback for United with 12 minutes to go to close up the game.

  • Adnan Januzaj
    0
    0
    3.50

    Adnan Januzaj

    Came on early for the injured Rafael and immediately made a difference, winning the set piece for Smalling's goal and bamboozling Figueroa into a booking. Cautioned for a rash challenge.

  • Javier Hernández
    0
    0
    2.50

    Javier Hernández

    The striker looked desperate to impress from the bench but wasted the ball on numerous occasions to the frustration of his teammates.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2