building on his recent substitute appearances at Aston Villa and Stoke City. Predictably, the fans’ favourite received an ovation from the United fans and played 61 minutes before exiting the action for Javier Hernandez. His progress is a late Christmas present for all. On a separate note, Valencia earned a suspension via his late dismissal for two bookable offences.
Opposition Prior to kick-off, Hull owned the third best defensive record in Europe and had not conceded more than one goal in any match at the KC Stadium this season - two statistics that make United’s dramatic comeback win even more impressive. The Tigers were truly ferocious opponents and will feel unfortunate not to have taken at least a point from this match, having gone close to equalising during a frantic finale when Danny Graham's close-range shot was blocked by De Gea. With such determination, they should avoid relegation this campaign.
Move of the match Although there was an element of good fortune in the build-up, Rooney’s intelligent exchange with Danny Welbeck and subsequent 25-yard finish was mightily impressive; a definite goal of the season contender.
In the stands United’s travelling fans were typically vocal throughout the action, singing through a full repertoire of Christmas songs on a chilly day at the KC Stadium. Notably, there were affectionate tributes to Eric Cantona and George Best, as well as the returning Fletcher.