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Can Hull upset Man Utd to survive?

H2H: What are Hull City's chances of upsetting Man United to survive?

May 22, 2015 By Oscar Rojas
The Tigers need desperately a win and hope things go their way at St. James' Park to keep their spot in the English top flight. Can Steve Bruce's men pull it off?

Hull City's season comes down to this: a one-game definition to know whether they are able to keep their spot among England's top teams, or if they are relegated to the Championship division. To deny them of such a "miracle" will be Manchester United, a team Steve Bruce is rather fond of. Is there any scenario in which Hull City can be considered to have a legitimate lifeline? Or are their hopes based on something rather unrealistic? Let's have a look at what stats have to say about the Tigers' chances of shocking Man United.

Hull City has lost seven games in a row against the Red Devils

If you were thinking about Hull's record when they face the Premier League giants, things don't look too good. The Tigers have lost their seven previous games against Man United, conceding 21 times and being able to score only seven goals. Their last home game facing the Red Devils ended up with a 3-2 loss. During that game, James Chester took the orange and black fans on a roller coaster ride, giving them an early lead, but cancelling all team efforts with his own goal, which ended up giving United the victory. After that game, Hull conceded six times and scored only once. If they want the win so bad, this is a stat they need to change.

The Tigers have lost two out of their latest three games at home

It's safe to say that Hull got themselves into their current predicament in the most recent weeks. The Tigers have lost four of their most recent six matches, with two of those defeats coming at home. Their last home win was recorded on April 28th, when Bruce's men defeated Liverpool 1-0. After that game, Hull lost to Arsenal and Burnley at home, leaving them with small chances of survival.

Steve Bruce's record vs United is awful.

If Hull really needs a win against Van Gaal's side, Bruce is not the man for that job. Considering all games he has coached against the Red Devils, Bruce's teams have lost 17 out of 21 matches, managing only four draws and NO wins. Without some key players like Jake Livermore, Curtis Davies and Mohamed Diamé, things don't seem to be lining up for Steve Bruce's first win against Van Gaal's side.

It seems that Hull's chances of avoiding relegation are pretty slim, but if there's one version of Manchester United that could allow them to do so, it's this one. After giving away games against sides such as Leicester City,  Swansea City (who won both games of the season against them), and baffling displays against Aston Villa and Everton, the Tigers will need every ounce of talent from their players to pull the biggest stun of the season. Numbers may not be on their side, but anything can happen once the ball starts rolling around the pitch.

Polling results don't seem to give much hope to Bruce's side.

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