How Manchester United Will Line Up Against Hull City

Scott RomFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2014

How Manchester United Will Line Up Against Hull City

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    Following Ryan Giggs' dream start to management, with Manchester United beating Norwich 4-0 in his first game in charge, he came back down to earth with a bump at the weekend.

    In a game that saw a strange selection for the starting line-up, most noticeably with Nani and Ashley Young, United put in a disappointing performance.

    Despite dominating possession with 63 percent and having more than double the number of shots as Sunderland, according to the BBC, it was the team fighting the relegation battle that created the more dangerous chances and who deserved their 1-0 win.

    So what will Giggs do for the last home game of the season? You would imagine that he would revert to a more similar starting line-up to the one that battered Norwich, although he has hinted at the possibility of playing himself, given that it could be his last chance to play at Old Trafford, with no contract extension yet offered.

    He told ManUtd.com:

    I'll have to take that into consideration but I also want to win the game as manager as well.

    I want to do what's best to win the game and not just make room for me in the starting line-up or on the bench, which I won't do. We'll have to wait and see what happens on the night.

    So, imagining that Giggs has a place on the bench, who can we expect in the starting 11?

De Gea in Goal

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    David de Gea has arguably been United's best performing player this season. and it's hard to look past him for the starting goalkeeper.

    United fans will be keen to sing his name a few times before seeing him jet off to Rio for the World Cup.

Smalling to Replace Jones on the Right

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    Whilst Rio Ferdinand has started in both Giggs' games so far, it is unlikely that he will play from the start in another game so soon after the previous fixture.

    This allows Giggs to bring Chris Smalling in at right-back and move Phil Jones, who has played at right-back in the last two games, to the centre of defence. He will feature alongside Nemanja Vidic, the captain, who will be playing his final game at Old Trafford for United.

    Rafael da Silva hasn't played since March, and Giggs has confirmed that there is a possibility of him featuring tomorrow, although you wouldn't expect to see him from the start.

    The temporary boss told MUTV: "Rafa has trained in the last few days and looks good. He could be involved in the remaining two games."

    This leaves the left-back spot available for Evra, who might join Giggs and Vidic in making his last appearance for the club at home.

    Evra told ManUtd.com:

    I will decide in two weeks about what I am going to do. I'm not lying to anyone. There have been a lot of rumours about I am going or staying. But, at the moment, I didn't decide anything. My agent will have a meeting with Manchester and we will see.

Carrick and Cleverley in Midfield

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    Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher had a torrid time in midfield against Sunderland. With United short on options for this area of the field, Giggs doesn't have much freedom in changing things around.

    It is likely that Carrick, who has started more games than anyone apart from Wayne Rooney this season, will be in the starting line-up, but Giggs may be tempted to bring Cleverley back in.

    The United youth product didn't blow anyone away in his last game but he certainly did better than Fletcher did at the weekend.

    After the win over Norwich, Cleverley told MUTV:

    It;s nice he put me straight in and the lads did really well with a good, attacking display that we have got to build on this weekend.

    I've been a little bit low. It's been quite a tough season at times for myself but Giggsy has come straight in and had a couple of little words with me through the week. I was happy to be in his first starting XI. Hopefully, I can build on that in the last three games and really build up my confidence and get my sharpness back.

Kagawa and Valencia on the Wings

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    According to FourFourTwo Statzone, Ashley Young completed just one cross from 16 attempts against Sunderland, whilst Nani didn't find a United player with a single ball into the box.

    That is quite a shocking return from two wingers who play for the current champions.

    Antonio Valencia and Shinji Kagawa both did well in Giggs' first game in charge and should be considered again. Adnan Januzaj is another option despite having hardly played over the past few months.

Mata Behind Welbeck

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    Javier Hernandez was given a rare start at the weekend and he blew it. United's best chance of the game fell to him, but he managed to launch the ball miles over the bar from a few yards out.

    Despite Robin van Persie's substitution in the second half, both the manager and player will be keen to take things easy so the injury isn't aggravated and the Dutchman can go to the World Cup.

    Whilst it is likely we will see him make an appearance from the bench again, Danny Welbeck would be the sensible option to start up front.

    Giggs confirmed on Monday to MUTV that Wayne Rooney will not feature, which leaves a space available for Juan Mata.

    The Spaniard, who had a quiet game on Saturday after a run of very impressive form, will be hoping to get another chance to show what he is capable of. 

    The link between him and Chicharito didn't really work at the weekend, but Welbeck will be hoping he can take advantage of Mata's vision with his own great pace.