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Hull City 2-3 Manchester United: Five lessons we learned

by Sam Peoples

Nerve jangler but great win. Manchester United started the game with a hangover from Christmas and went a goal down within five minutes. A corner that shouldn’t have been dropped in the box and James Chester fired Hull into the lead – it was a sloppy goal to concede.

Things got worse soon after when awful defending from United and poor clearances gave Hull the chance to shoot and Evans’ deflection dribbled through De Gea’s legs to make it 2-0.

United then hit back through a Smalling header from a delicious Rooney free-kick and it didn’t take long for United to equalise when Rooney released an unstoppable volley. Four goals in the first half.

As the second half wore on, United looked the more threatening and were rewarded when Chester headed into his own net to complete the 3-2 turnaround.

United rode the storm as Hull tried to fight their way back into the game but we hung on for the win. Get in.

Rooney can’t be stopped. Rooney’s desire to simply play as much football as football is insatiable right now. If he isn’t back defending corners (albeit poorly at the start), he is in the middle of the park dictating the play or up top rifling home a scorching volley.

It was a Rooney free-kick that Smalling headed United’s first goal from, it was a Rooney volley that drew us level and it was pressure from Rooney that led to Chester’s own goal. He is the heartbeat of United right now.

David Moyes’ Rooney love may be slightly overkill by now but there isn’t anybody else who is as important to the team as Rooney because he is involved in absolutely everything. He also joined the 150 goals club with his volley today, so well done Wayne.

Januzaj needs to help himself. Januzaj has created a reputation for himself for not only being an incredibly talented youngster but for being a diver too. He needs to help himself in that respect.

A lot of the times, Januzaj is genuinely fouled but as soon as he goes down he looks up to the referee with his arms raised in the air. It immediately creates suspicion which, more often than not, leads to him not getting the decision.

There were a few fouls today where he was taken out and no foul was given when there should have been simply because he made too much of a scene. Januzaj needs to stop that because it means he will have decisions go against him.

Hello Fletcher, goodbye Anderson. After a year of turmoil and determined hard work, Fletcher finally made his way back to the starting line-up in a Premier League match. Congratulations Darren, it couldn’t happen to a nicer person.

It wasn’t a show-stopping 90 minute performance from Fletcher who was taken off after an hour but it was one he completed with consummate ease. He didn’t look leggy or tired, he was controlled the whole time. On his road to recovery, this was the next major step completed.

However, Fletcher’s progress is mirrored by Anderson’s demise. He was absent from the squad entirely when we have Jones and Carrick injured. For me, it looks like the curtains have closed on his United career.

Never write United off. United were out of the title race a few weeks ago and 2-0 down after 15 minutes were out of the game against Hull. Wrong on both accounts.

Today was a fantastic turnaround inspired by Rooney. We dug our heels in after a 15 minute hangover, took the game to Hull and rode our luck towards the end to come away with three points.

On 15 December, United were 13 points off the top of the table. After the win today, we are five points off the top.

Next up is Norwich in two days before a Tottenham Hotspur on New Years Day. Game on.

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