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Manchester United 3-0 Hull City

Manchester United's Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie has scored four league goals this season
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  • Steve Bruce loses in 700th match as a manager
  • Goal decision system used for United's opener
  • Di Maria limps off after 13 minutes

Robin van Persie's powerful strike capped an impressive win for Manchester United over Hull and offered the perfect response to those who have questioned the Dutchman's early-season form.

Those critics included Van Persie's manager Louis van Gaal, who kept the striker in his starting line-up despite saying he had a "very bad game" against Arsenal last Saturday.

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By the time Van Persie turned on the edge of the area to arrow an unstoppable shot into the top corner in the 66th minute, United were well on their way to a routine victory.

Chris Smalling had scrambled them into an early lead, and any real doubt about the outcome disappeared when Wayne Rooney added a second before half-time.

As well as Van Persie's return to scoring form more than a month after his last Premier League goal, United could celebrate the return of fellow striker Radamel Falcao, who came off the bench to replace him after nearly six weeks out through injury.

That added a shine to three points that returned United to fourth place in the table only a few hours after Arsenal had moved above them.

While United are building momentum and confidence despite suffering another injury setback - Angel Di Maria limped off just before Smalling scored - the Tigers appear to be in freefall.

This was their fourth straight defeat, and they are now only out of the bottom three on goal difference and a point off the foot of the table.

Hull have managed only one league win since the opening day of the season, the same afternoon United last lost at Old Trafford.

A familiar foe for Bruce
Former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce has never beaten his former team during his 16-year managerial career. This was his 17th defeat in 21 attempts, with draws accounting for the other four meetings.

Their home form was never convincing under David Moyes, but Van Gaal seems to have reintroduced the swagger and self-belief that was their trademark under Sir Alex Ferguson.

They were helped on Saturday by a Hull team that offered little ambition and limited resistance.

Tigers boss Steve Bruce has a miserable record against the club he played for, and a first win in 21 attempts against the Red Devils as a manager never looked likely.

The Tigers even assisted United with their first goal - goalkeeper Allan McGregor helping the ball over the line as he tried to keep out Smalling's prodded shot. Goal-line technology confirmed it went in.

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With Michael Carrick and Juan Mata dictating play and spraying passes in midfield, Di Maria's early exit, clutching the back of his thigh, did not make a difference.

United were dominating possession - they had 76% of the ball - and with Hull defending deep in their own half, more goals seemed just a matter of time.

Rooney all but secured the three points after 42 minutes when Van Persie teed him up to bend a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

Van Persie made sure of the victory midway through the second half, departing to a standing ovation when he was replaced by Falcao.

The Colombian looked set to mark his return with a goal but Michael Dawson's remarkable goalline clearance denied him from close range after Hull's defence was torn apart again.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince on BBC Match of the Day: "Louis van Gaal said it would be a work in progress. He's had a nightmare with injuries, especially defensively. His ambition is to finish in the top four, he's not looking to win the league. They are slightly improving game by game.

"Hull boss Steve Bruce has got plenty of experience. It won't be a case of panicking just yet but he knows they have to start creating and scoring goals. He'll be disappointed with the performance, that's for sure."

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling watches as Allan McGregor fails to keep out his shot
Hull have kept only two clean sheets in the Premier League this season
Chris Smalling and Michael Carrick celebrate against Hull
Chris Smalling has scored three league goals for Manchester United and two have come against Hull
Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria joined Manchester United from Real Madrid for a British record £59.7m in the summer
Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor
Hull have lost their last four matches and have only recorded two league victories so far
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United's England striker Wayne Rooney has scored 11 goals for club and country this season
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney has scored 67 goals in his last 101 Premier League games at Old Trafford

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 25A ValenciaSubstituted forFletcherat 74'minutes
  • 12Smalling
  • 5RojoBooked at 89mins
  • 18Young
  • 31FellainiBooked at 47mins
  • 16Carrick
  • 8Mata
  • 7Di MaríaSubstituted forHerreraat 14'minutes
  • 20van PersieSubstituted forFalcaoat 70'minutes
  • 10Rooney

Substitutes

  • 9Falcao
  • 11Januzaj
  • 13Lindegaard
  • 21Herrera
  • 24Fletcher
  • 33McNair
  • 42Blackett

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 5ChesterBooked at 54mins
  • 21DawsonBooked at 65mins
  • 6Davies
  • 27Elmohamady
  • 17DiaméSubstituted forQuinnat 75'minutes
  • 14Livermore
  • 11BradySubstituted forMeylerat 75'minutes
  • 26Robertson
  • 34Ben ArfaSubstituted forAlukoat 35'minutes
  • 18Jelavic

Substitutes

  • 2Rosenior
  • 4Bruce
  • 7Meyler
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 24Aluko
  • 29Quinn
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
75,345

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamHull
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home15
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 3, Hull City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester United 3, Hull City 0.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) because of an injury.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

Offside, Hull City. Allan McGregor tries a through ball, but Sone Aluko is caught offside.

Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).

Michael Dawson (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Falcao (Manchester United) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Falcao (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata.

Booking

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marcos Rojo (Manchester United).

Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

Attempt saved. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Stephen Quinn replaces Mohamed Diamé.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. David Meyler replaces Robbie Brady because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Darren Fletcher replaces Antonio Valencia.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sone Aluko (Hull City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Falcao replaces Robin van Persie.

Attempt missed. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

Offside, Hull City. Allan McGregor tries a through ball, but Nikica Jelavic is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester United 3, Hull City 0. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ander Herrera.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Michael Dawson (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Dawson (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Robbie Brady following a set piece situation.

Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Manchester United. Marcos Rojo tries a through ball, but Wayne Rooney is caught offside.

Delay in match Robbie Brady (Hull City) because of an injury.

Offside, Manchester United. Michael Carrick tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

Booking

James Chester (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

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