The Tigers' solid defensive record at home, coupled with the Red Devils missing Robin van Perise, means that the champions may struggle to break down the hosts early onFour wins in a row in all competitions have somewhat eased the pressure on Manchester United manager David Moyes, yet given how far off top spot they have already fallen, the champions know that they can afford precious few slips-up.
Boxing Day sees them visit a Hull City side who have been strong at home this season, suffering just one defeat in the eight league matches that they have played at the KC Stadium this season.
Nevertheless, United remain firm favorites with William Hill pricing a victory for the Reds at 6/10 (1.60) while Hull are offered at 4/1 (5.00) to claim the three points. A draw is available at 13/5 (3.60).
United, of course, will be without Robin van Persie, who is out through injury, and, while they have not missed him too much so far, his absence could have a major influence on the game.
In general, the Red Devils have lacked an intensity to their play this season, particularly on the road and specifically in the first half of games.
At places like Cardiff City and Sunderland they have struggled for rhythm and, while they may well go on to beat Hull, opposing United in the opening half in some way could hold some value. To this end, backing the draw at half-time at 23/20 (2.15) potentially is of considerable interest.
Hull have been defensively solid at home keeping six clean sheets in all competitions and, with United missing their top scorer, it might take the visitors a while to break down the hosts.
|Draw at half time at 23/20 (2.15) for a 2pt stake with William Hill
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