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Hull 0-0 Manchester United: Tigers relegated as shocking Fellaini sees red
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My name is Ben Cullimore and it's been an absolute pleasure describing all of the action to you this afternoon. Until next season, goodbye!
Hull now have serious rebuilding to do, and it's going to be incredibly interesting to see who stays at the club and who disappears in what is sure to be a manic summer for the Tigers.
The hosts pushed forward as many bodies as possible from start to finish, putting United under plenty of pressure all afternoon long, but they just couldn't find the back of the net, no matter how hard they tried. That has been the story of their season, as their struggles in the final third of the pitch have haunted them and, ultimately, have proved to be their downfall.
It's all over for Hull, who, despite putting in an impressive performance today, have been relegated to the Championship, bringing an end to their two-year stay in the Premier League.
FULL-TIME: HULL CITY 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED
90 + 6'
It's all over at St. James' Park, where Newcastle have won 2-0 to confirm their place in next season's Premier League, sending Hull down to the Championship. Despite this, the hosts are still pushing hard to end the season on a high with what would surely be the winning goal at this late stage.
90 + 4'
Valencia skips past Roberton with ease before sending a quick cross towards the head of Rooney, but Dawson is just about able to cut it out with a vital header on the edge of the six-yard box.
90 + 3'

Stephen Quinn 

And now Quinn has received a yellow card for a poor attempted tackle.

90 + 2'

Chris Smalling 

Smalling commits a poor challenge on the halfway line and screams at the referee in disapproval in the aftermath, resulting in him receiving a yellow card.

90 + 1'
Rooney steps up and fires a curling shot from the resulting set-piece that Harper does well to punch over the top of the crossbar and out for a corner.
90'

Michael Dawson 

Januzaj is brought down by Dawson just outside of the penalty area, resulting in a yellow card for the defender and a free kick for United in a very dangerous position.

90'
The fourth official has indicated that there will be seven minutes of added time.
89'
The ball pinballs around the edge of the United penalty area before dropping at the feet of McShane, who then quickly tees up Hernandez, but the Uruguayan is slightly offside, resulting in the linesman's flag being immediately raised.
87'
Brady breaks down the left flank before battling hard with Valencia near the byline, but the Ecuadorian comes out on top after out-muscling the Irishman.
86'

Andrew Robertson

David Meyler

Hull have made their final substitution of the game, and the season, with Meyler making way for Robertson.

85'
Quinn powers forward before being fouled just outside of the penalty area on the left flank, resulting in a free kick for Hull in a very dangerous position. Brady tries to find Jelavic at the far post from the set-piece but sends his attempted cross straight into the hands of Valdes.
83'
What a chance for Hull! El Mohamady curls an excellent low cross into the box that is palmed by Valdes into the feet of Hernandez, but he's unable to get the ball out of his feet and ends up losing possession before he can unleash a shot.
81'
McShane makes his way off the pitch after being bandaged up by the medical staff, and it looks as if he's going to battle his way through the final 10 minutes of the game.
79'
McShane is really struggling. Not only has he received a nasty cut to his thigh, but he has also had his head split open after being struck by the knee of Fellaini. At the moment he is still on the floor receiving treatment from the Hull medical staff.
77'

Marouane Fellaini 

RED CARD! Fellaini is off! The Belgian flies into McShane with his studs up and catches the defender in the thigh, splitting it open and resulting in him being given his marching orders by the referee. That was a truly terrible challenge.

76'
Hernandez and Jones clash off the ball inside the United penalty area, with the Uruguayan seemingly striking the defender in the stomach. The Englishman screams at the referee to punish the striker, but he shakes his head and waves play on.
74'
Another great save by Valdes! Aluko skips past Herrera before sending a low cross towards the near post, where it meets Jelavic, but the Croatian's lovely flicked shot is stopped once again by the Spanish goalkeeper.
73'

James Anthony Wilson

Juan Mata

And now United have made a further change, with Mata making way for Wilson.

72'
Hull pass the ball around wonderfully well before an attempted through-ball from Jelavic deflects off Rojo and into Brady's path, but it hits him in the chest and bounces into the hands of Valdes before he's able to take advantage of the defender's poor touch.
71'

Sone Aluko

Dame Ndoye

And the second is Aluko, who takes the place of N'Doye.

70'

Abel Hernández

James Chester

Hull have made a double substitution. The first player to come on is Hernandez, who replaces Chester.

69'
It's all United at the moment but they are finding it incredibly difficult to break out of their own half of the pitch as Hull continue to put them under a massive amount of pressure.
67'
What a run by Januzaj! The youngster twists and turns through a sea of Hull players before breaking into the penalty area, but Chester dispossesses the Belgian at the vital moment with a great interception to deny him the opportunity to shoot.
65'
And now N'Doye almost scores! Another brilliant cross pierces the heart of the penalty area and finds the Senegalese striker, who pulls off a great volley that sails just past the far post.
64'
Hull go close! They take the resulting corner short and Brady then whips a wonderful cross towards the back post, but it misses the outstretched foot of McShane by the narrowest of margins.
63'
Rooney seems to have picked up a slight knock in that goal-mouth scramble, and he gingerly makes his way off the pitch to receive further medical treatment.
62'
Nervy moments at the back for United! Hull earn themselves a corner on the left flank, which is sent to Dawson on the edge of the box. He heads the ball into the heart of the penalty area, where it pinballs around before finally being cleared by Rojo.
60'
Excellent chance for Herrera! Mata cuts the ball back to his fellow countryman, who then skips past Huddlestone before firing a low shot from the edge of the penalty area that beats Harper before rolling just wide of the far post.
59'

Marouane Fellaini

Ashley Young

United have decided to make their second substitution of the afternoon, with Fellaini coming on to take the place of Young.

58'
Blind sends a lovely lofted pass through the middle of the Hull defence and into the path of Rooney, but the captain misses the ball by the narrowest of margins, allowing it to fly safely into the hands of Harper.
57'

Daley Blind 

Hull earn themselves a free kick just inside their own half of the pitch, which they then want to take quickly. Blind stands in the way, however, denying them opportunity to do so, and is shown a yellow card as a result.

55'
Great play by United! Herrera charges forward before playing a quick one-two with Young, but the return pass ends up missing the Spaniard by a yard or two before being cleared by Dawson on the edge of the six-yard box.
53'
El Mohamady cuts inside from the right wing before sending a beautiful pass into the path of Meyler, who makes a great run into the right-hand side of the penalty area to meet it, but Jones is there to halt his advance before shepherding the ball out of play for a goal kick.
51'
Huddlestone fires a low cross from the resulting set-piece that beats the wall in front of him before being easily cleared by Valencia at the near post.
50'
Huddlestone charges towards the left-hand side of the penalty area and is tripped over by Blind, resulting in a free kick for Hull just a yard outside of the box. What a great opportunity this is for the hosts.
49'
And now Meyler goes close! A curling El Mohamady cross is only half dealt with by Valencia, who sends it straight into the feet of the Irishman, but he ends up scuffing his first-time shot well wide of the goal from just inside the penalty area.
48'
What a block by Dawson! N'Doye loses possession cheaply, sending the ball straight to Mata, who then quickly cuts it to Herrera. The latter breaks into the penalty area and fires a fierce shot towards goal that the aforementioned defender jumps in front of.
47'
Valencia charges down the right flank before beating Brady and swinging a low cross into the heart of the Hull penalty area, but McShane is there to cut out the danger before it can meet Rooney in front of goal.
46'
And we're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
Steve Bruce will be very pleased with the way his side have performed so far, but no matter how impressive they have been they are missing that all-important goal. After a blisteringly quick start that resulted in two goals being correctly ruled out for offside, the pace of the game slowed down somewhat, with United finding it easy to keep hold of possession, even if they weren't able to do much with it. If they are to have any chance of winning, and avoiding the drop, Hull will need to up the ante and push even further forward in the second half.
HALF-TIME: HULL CITY 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED
45 + 2'
Rojo does well to muscle his way down the left wing before cutting the ball back to Rooney, but just as the captain tries to play it back to the Argentine he's dispossessed by a great tackle from Huddlestone just outside of the Hull penalty area.
45 + 1'
What a chance for Herrera! Young chips a brilliant cross right into the path of the Spaniard at the back post, but it bounces slightly awkwardly and he's unable to make contact with it at the vital moment.
45'
The fourth official has indicated that there will be two minutes of added time.
44'
Meyler fouls Mata midway inside the Hull half of the pitch, resulting in a free kick for United. It's flung towards Smalling but ends up missing the head of the defender, allowing Brady to then calmly clear the ball from the byline.
43'
Once again, Brady finds himself in space before curling a lovely cross towards the back post, but this time Valdes does well to rush out and collect the ball with a strong take, denying Meyler the opportunity to unleash a header.
42'
Hull move the ball around well before N'Doye tries to find El Mohamady, who is in acres of space on the right wing, with a lofted pass over the head of Rojo, but it's completely mishit and ends up rolling out of play before it can meet the Egyptian.
40'
Rojo does well to find space on the left flank before trying to send a cross towards Rooney, but it's deflected off Meyler and safely sails into the hands of Harper at the near post.
38'
Clearly frustrated at being dispossessed by McShane, Rooney kicks out slightly at Brady as the two come together near the corner flag on the right flank. The Hull fans scream for the referee to take further action, but, surprisingly, nothing is given.
37'
Herrera sprints forward before sending a great lofted pass over the top of the Hull defence and into the path of Rooney, but he's quickly out-muscled by McShane near the byline.
35'
N'Doye receives the ball on the left wing before sending a great pass into the path of Meyler, who skips past Blind before seemingly being pushed off balance by the Dutchman, but, despite the Hull fans' pleas, the referee decides not to afford the hosts a free kick and instead waves play on.
33'
Rooney is dispossessed by McShane midway inside the United half of the pitch, and the defender keeps charging forward in search of the ball but is unable to get a shot away before the danger is cleared by Valdes. Nonetheless, the Irishman's determination really lifted the crowd, who are all applauding his effort.
31'
It's all United at the moment, who are finding it incredibly easy to hold onto possession because of Hull's inability to keep the ball whenever they're able to win it back from the visitors.
29'
Quinn dispossesses Valencia with a strong sliding tackle near the halfway line, allowing N'Doye to break forward in search of the ball, but Blind responds well and cuts out the danger at the vital moment.
27'
Huddlestone chips a lovely chipped pass over the top of the United defence and into the path of N'Doye on the edge of the penalty area, but the striker slightly mistimes his run and, once again, the linesman's flag is raised.
25'
Hull work the ball out well to the left wing, where Brady immediately curls a deep cross towards Jelavic, but he puts too much power on the attempted pass and it's easily dealt with by Valdes.
23'

Adnan Januzaj

Ángel Di María

Di Maria still seems to be struggling with the injury suffered earlier, and he gingerly makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Januzaj.

21'
Hull score, but it's offside again! The resulting corner bounces to Quinn, who then unleashes a low cross-cum-shot that N'Doye flicks into the back of the net from close range. But, once more, the linesman's flag is raised to bring a halt to the home fans' celebrations.
20'
What a save by Valdes! Brady curls an absolutely excellent cross towards the back post, where El Mohamady jumps high to send a bullet header towards the bottom right-hand corner of the goal, but the Spanish goalkeeper atones for his previous error by tipping the effort out for a corner with a wonderful diving stop.
18'
McShane scores, but it's offside! Valdes makes a complete mess of the free kick, spilling it down in the path of the Irishman, who then calmly slots the ball into the back of the net from close range, but the linesman's flag is immediately raised, much to the annoyance of the home fans.
17'
Rojo flies into El Mohamady and brings the Egyptian down to the ground, resulting in a free kick for Hull on the right flank.
15'
It's been a slow few minutes, with Hull finding it difficult to keep hold of possession on the rare occasions that they are able to get on the ball.
13'
After a frantic few moments, the pace of the game has slowed down somewhat, with United content to patiently passing the ball around inside their own half of the pitch.
11'
Huddlestone play a clever free kick out to Quinn, who is in acres of space on the left-hand side of the penalty area, but he's only able to win his side a corner with his attempted low cross.
10'
Chester charges forward before being pulled to the ground by Smalling, and Hull are awarded a free kick in a very dangerous position 25 yards away from goal.
8'
El Mohamady and Di Maria clash near the halfway line, leaving the Argentine in a heap on the floor and in serious discomfort. It looks as if he got a nasty knock in the ribs as the two battled for the ball.
7'
Huddlestone lifts an absolutely wonderful lofted pass over the top of the United defence and into the path of Jelavic, who then beats Valdes with a chipped cross-cum-shot. However, it's just about dealt with by Valencia, who nods the ball out of play for a corner.
6'
Young is fouled by El Mohamady on the left flank, resulting in a free kick for the visitors. United decide to take the set-piece short before the aforementioned winger tries to find Rooney with a chipped cross, but it's slightly overhit and bounces into the hands of Harper.
5'
And now Di Maria is able to charge down the left flank before cutting a dangerous pass into the heart of the penalty area, where it almost meets Mata before being cut out at by Brady at the vital moment.
3'
Rooney hits the woodwork! Rojo finds himself in plenty of space down the left wing before cutting the ball back to the captain, who then unleashes a rocket of a shot from the edge of the penalty area that beats Harper before grazing the top of the crossbar. What a goal that would have been!
2'
Great early chance for N'Doye! El Mohamady pushes forward down the left flank before curling a lovely cross right onto the head of the Senegalese striker, but he's only able to nod the ball down into the hands of Valdes at the near post.
1'
And we're off! United get us underway, attacking from left to right.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Steve Bruce has decided to name an unchanged Hull side to the one that started last weekend’s 2-0 defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur, whilst United boss Louis Van Gaal has made three alterations to the starting 11 from the 1-1 draw against Arsenal, with Victor Valdes, Angel Di Maria and Wayne Rooney coming into the squad to replace David De Gea, Marouane Fellaini and Radamel Falcao, respectively.
Manchester United substitutes: Lindegaard, McNair, Blackett, Fellaini, Januzaj, Wilson, Van Persie.
Manchester United XI (4-1-4-1): Valdes; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Rojo; Blind; Mata, Herrera, Di Maria, Young; Rooney.
Hull City substitutes: McGregor, Rosenior, Bruce, Robertson, Sagbo, Hernandez, Aluko.
Hull City XI (3-5-2): Harper; Chester, Dawson, McShane; El Mohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Quinn, Brady; N’Doye, Jelavic.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…
End of season tiredness and apathy may play into Hull’s hands, however, as United are guaranteed a fourth-spot finish, and the Champions League place that comes with it, meaning that they head to the KC Stadium with little to play for. But, despite this, Louis Van Gaal will no doubt be determined to end the season on a high ahead of what is sure to be a busy summer of rebuilding for the 20-time league champions.
Whilst Hull are more than up for the challenge, recent history is not on their side; in seven meetings between the two teams, they have never picked up a single point against the Red Devils, whilst last November’s clash at Old Trafford ended in a comfortable 3-0 win for a United side that look far more impressive now than they did back then in the opening half of the season. Furthermore, in 17 years as a manager Steve Bruce has never led one of his sides to victory against his former club, a record that continues to haunt him and gives a good indication of what outcome may face the hosts this afternoon.
It’s crunch time for Hull, who have a mammoth task ahead of them if they are to avoid relegation. Anything less than three points today will see the Tigers drop to the Championship after a two-season stay in the Premier League, whilst a shock victory against United may be enough to help them climb out of the drop zone at the last minute, but only if 17th-place Newcastle United, the only other side in any danger, fail to win their clash against West Ham United.
Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Premier League clash between Hull City and Manchester United. My name is Ben Cullimore and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from the KC Stadium.
LAST FIVE MATCHES
Hull
D L L L W
24/05/15
0-0
16/05/15
2-0
09/05/15
0-1
05/05/15
1-3
29/04/15
1-0
Man Utd
D D W L L
24/05/15
0-0
17/05/15
1-1
09/05/15
1-2
02/05/15
0-1
26/04/15
3-0
HEAD TO HEAD
0
1
4
24/05/15
0-0
29/11/14
3-0
07/05/14
3-1
26/12/13
2-3
23/01/10
4-0
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