James Wilson marked his Manchester United debut with two goals as his side ran out 3-1 winners over Hull City at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
The 18-year-old was a surprise inclusion from the start by Ryan Giggs, but he repaid his manager’s faith by finding the back of the net either side of half-time to give his side a 2-0 lead.
Matty Fryatt pulled one back for the visitors just after the hour mark, making the home fans nervy, but the contest was put to bed when Robin van Persie stroked home with five minutes remaining.
It was an emotional night at Old Trafford for numerous reasons. None more so than the fact that Ryan Giggs looks to have played his last match at the famous stadium, after bringing himself on for the last 20 minutes.
In the process, Giggs became United's first player-manger in 87 years, according to ESPN's Richard Jolly:
The Welshman took to the microphone on the pitch after the game to address the crowd, per The Sun:
He continued, via Dan Roan of the BBC:
David McDonnell for the Daily Mirror shares additional comments from Giggs:
Nemanja Vidic also turned out at Old Trafford for the last time, as he is set to join Inter Milan in the summer. He took to the mic to add his sentiments, per Tom Williams for AFP:
It is clear that Hull have their minds set on the FA Cup final against Arsenal, which takes place in less than two weeks. Manager Steve Bruce was even speaking in terms of that clash at Wembley after defeat at Old Trafford, per the Hull Daily Mail:
It may be James Wilson who grabs the headlines in the morning, but Bruce had praise for another of United's young talents, per Shamoon Hafez of the BBC:
However, having bagged two goals on your Manchester United debut, Giggs had to comment on his impressive new charge, via Tom Rostance of the BBC:
The victory does little to alter either Manchester United or Hull’s season, but it has added a feel-good factor around Old Trafford as the season comes to a close. The successful introduction of youngsters to the first team, as veterans head into retirement, seems like a passing of the torch.
Hull will be happy to get through this contest without sustaining any injuries. They will now continue their preparation for the FA Cup final on 17 May.