Form guide: The Reds head along the M62 full of festive cheer on the back of four wins on the bounce, with West Ham despatched 3-1 at Old Trafford last Saturday. Hull are without a win since beating Liverpool for the first time in the club's history with a superb 3-1 victory on 1 December. But with three consecutive draws under their belts, the Tigers are proving to be a tough nut to crack and have lost just once at home this season, to Crystal Palace.
Ins and outs: Marouane Fellaini will miss the next six weeks after undergoing wrist surgery, but David Moyes has left the door open to Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick playing some part over the festive period. It looks like Hull will have to do without leading scorer and former Red Robbie Brady, who has been laid low by a troublesome groin.
Betting: That good recent vein of form sees United tipped as firm favourites for this Boxing Day encounter by bwin, our official betting partner. A win for the Reds is priced at 1.55, the draw is 3.90 while a Hull victory is 6.00. Adnan Januzaj bagged his third goal of the season against the Hammers, and a festive flutter on the youngster opening the scoring in a 2-0 win at the KC Stadium is a tempting 29.00.
The manager: Steve Bruce became a favourite with the United faithful during his eight years with the club, forming an outstanding defensive partnership with Gary Pallister and