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Manchester United vs Hull City: Three players who must start

by Leo Nieboer

The footballing world will expect Manchester United to book another visit to Wembley against Hull City on Thursday night.

Jose Mourinho‘s men enter the second leg of this League Cup semi-final with a healthy two goal advantage following goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini.

Avoiding a two-goal defeat would be enough to see them through, but Mourinho will want to see his side make a statement following last weekend’s frustrating 1-1 draw with Stoke City.

With that in mind, here are three players the 53-year-old must start at the KC Stadium.

Marcus Rashford

Hull will have choice but to throw the kitchen sink at United on Thursday; Marco Silva’s side will know that the nature of the contest will be decided by who grabs the first goal. Having Rashford as an indefatigable, dangerous presence on the break, therefore, could prove to be devastating.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah 

With United already two goals to the good, Mourinho may feel as if the game against Hull serves as the ideal time for Fosu-Mensah, who hasn’t made a start since receiving a new contract, to show the watching world exactly why the Portuguese handed him a new deal in October.

Ander Herrera

The Spaniard has steadily morphed into an indispensable asset for Mourinho during United’s 17-game unbeaten run, producing a seemingly endless stream of tenacious, warrior-like performances. Such an influence on Thursday, against a Hull side with nothing to lose, will be vital.

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