After the Christmas break, injury-hit United will eye a return to winning ways at improving Hull on Sunday…
Ins and outs: Hull are without long-term absentees Jimmy Bullard and Ian Ashbee, who are both suffering with knee ligament damage. The Reds still have a depleted backline, but the Da Silva twins will both be available, with Fabio having come on as a substitute in the Fulham reversal. Nemanja Vidic and Wes Brown are also on the mend and have a chance of being included. Gary Neville (groin) and Ryan Giggs (hamstring) are doubtful, while Edwin van der Sar is still struggling with a knee complaint.
Star man: Giovanni is Hull’s brightest spark in the absence of Bullard. United will have to be wary about conceding free-kicks close to goal as the Brazilian playmaker is a dead-ball expert and has hit some spectacular strikes for the Tigers since he signed from Manchester City in 2008.
Manager: Phil Brown feared for his job last month when the Tigers had a change of chairman, but Hull’s recent improved results suggest he'll be safe for the time being. He has performed miracles at the KC Stadium, firstly by taking Hull into the Premier League and then by keeping them there against the odds. He learned his trade under Sir Alex’s good friend Sam Allardyce at Bolton.