Hull City: At a glance

Manager: Steve Bruce

Stadium: KC Stadium

Home & Away*: (A) Thu 26 Dec; (H) Sat 12 Apr

Last year: 2nd Championship

Last time we met: United 4-0 Hull, Old Trafford, 23 Jan 2010

*Dates/KO times subject to change

12/08/2013 12:55,

Preview 2013/14: Hull

Steve Bruce leads the Tigers into the top flight with a side of familiar faces...

What can we expect from promoted Hull? Some sides have been expected to struggle in the top flight yet thrived, others start strongly but drop swiftly. Hull clinched a place in the Barclays Premier League on a dramatic final day, having steadily rather than spectacularly accumulated points.

We see some familiar faces... It's not only their manager who has United links. James Chester, Corry Evans (Jonny's brother), Paul McShane, Joe Dudgeon and Robbie Brady (pictured) all learned their trade in the Reds' Academy. That quintet made only two substitute appearances between them for United's first team but they won't be daunted. Corry versus Jonny will make an interesting subplot.

When will that be? Boxing Day at the KC stadium, then 12 April back at Old Trafford. Brucey can expect a good reception from United fans at both matches - he remains a bona fide Reds legend.

Has it been a busy summer for the Tigers boss? He's gone for experience and brought in Curtis Davies (from Birmingham), Ahmed Elmohamady (Sunderland), Allan McGregor (Besiktas), George Boyd (Peterborough), Maynard Figueroa (Wigan), Steve Harper (released by Newcastle) and Danny Graham (loan from Sunderland). They also signed Ivory Coast forward Yannick Sagbo from French club Evian. Bruce's sides always tend to take on his battling characteristics.

Who's their star man? Ahmed Elmohamady was Hull's player of the year last season and having turned his loan into a permanent deal he'll be looking to put his top-flight experience to good use.

Any interesting facts and figures? 39,172 days - that's how long it'll be on Boxing Day since United and Hull first met - the Reds winning 1-0 at Anlaby Road in front of 14,000 fans. For the record, that's 107 years, two months and 29 days.


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