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Summary

  1. United take two-goal lead into second leg
  2. Fellaini looped in header for late second
  3. Mata turned in Mkhitaryan header from close range for first goal
  4. Pogba smashes the post from a free-kick

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Well that's a wrap from us here. See you tomorrow for Southampton v Liverpool?

Nice one. 

'First half wasn't good enough'

Manchester United 2-0 Hull City

Manchester United

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling: "We all knew at half-time that the first-half performance wasn't good enough so it was good to get the two goals in the second half.

"It was a frustrating night, we knew how they would set up and play but in the second half we played with more tempo and it worked for us."

Robert Snodgrass has got 18 months left on his contract and if you read the Gossip Column then West Ham, Middlesbrough and others are interested in taking the Scotland man. 

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Robert Snodgrass is too good for that Hull team can't see him being there too much longer.

Peter at Old Trafford

A transfer round-up

If you missed tonight's transfer news - Manchester United have agreed to sell midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin to Everton for £22m.

France international Schneiderlin, 27, was signed for United by Louis van Gaal for £25m from Southampton in July 2015.

He has played 47 times for the club but has only featured eight times under Jose Mourinho this season, including three Premier League appearances.

Everton, meanwhile, have agreed to loan striker Oumar Niasse, 26, to Hull, with personal terms still to be agreed.

Schneiderlin 'has been able to produce the goods'

Andy Townsend

Ex-Republic of Ireland international on BBC Radio 5 live

Morgan Schneiderlin has struggled to adapt and stamp his personality on anything at Old Trafford. But consider that he is a big guy, he gets across the ground well, he can tackle and he gets up and down.

At his best he's a typical Premier League central midfield player. Everton are buying someone who you know has been able to produce the goods in the Premier League. 

Manchester United 2-0 Hull City

So Manchester United face Liverpool at the weekend but what for Hull?

They have Bournemouth and a win could take the Tigers out of the bottom three. 

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Manchester United 2-0 Hull City

That's nine wins in a row for Manchester United now. Favourites against Liverpool at the weekend?

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Graham Erkin: The 2 David Moyes Signings Scored tonight, #TheChosenOne

Ricky Everett: That was a performance of a team with 1 eye on the Liverpool game; laid back better deliver on Sunday

'Hull have a glimmer'

Manchester United 2-0 Hull City

Andy Townsend

Ex-Republic of Ireland international on BBC Radio 5 live

You can't say that United didn't deserve it and they have a healthy cushion. Hull City gave everything, they were depleted and down almost before they got off the bus to be honest but there is still a glimmer of a chance.

They need to have 'one of those nights' to win the second leg. They need someone to put the ball in the net and I don't see it - unless they do something in the window before then. 

FULL-TIME

Manchester United 2-0 Hull City

Fellaini's friends

Manchester United 2-0 Hull City

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

A month ago, Marouane Fellaini was booed by some Manchester United supporters as he warmed up prior to a home game against Tottenham.

Now Fellaini's name is reverberating around Old Trafford after his header gave United a lead that should be enough to book a place at Wembley next month.

No doubt who Fellaini has to thank for turning his season around.

Jose Mourinho has stuck by the Belgian when many expected he would be jettisoned.

Fellaini acknowledged it by racing to Mourinho to celebrate.

Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring
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Manchester United 2-0 Hull City

Four minutes added on, both sides look happy enough to declare now and get set for the second innings in Hull. 

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Vaishach: I feel so sorry for Hull! Courageous performance and with their resources, players getting injured! Hurts

Mwalimu Pedro: I take my words back! Uncommon Fellaini magic goal. What a TREE of a man! Almost crushes Mourinho in his celebration

SUBSTITUTION

Manchester United 2-0 Hull City

Not another Hull injury surely? Teenage left-back Josh Tymon goes down, and in fact he's being replaced by James Weir.

Manchester United 2-0 Hull City

Marouane Fellaini jogged over to give boss Jose Mourinho a huge bear hug after that header. It could prove crucial at the end of the second leg.

Anthony Martial then has a chance for three but sidefoots a volley straight at Eldin Jakupovic. 

Marouane Fellaini
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GOAL - Manchester United 2-0 Hull City

Marouane Fellaini

There is a late shock on the cards - a Marouane Fellaini goal! Matteo Darmian sends over a deep cross, there's no pace on the ball and Fellaini is able to lob the keeper with a header which just about creeps in.

Not the most attractive goal but not many players would be able to score that you know. 

Marouane Fellaini scores
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Marouane Fellaini celebrates
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Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

Robert Snodgrass with a little bit of wing wizardry and a Hull corner is won, which Abel Hernandez then heads across the goalmouth. A late shock on the cards? 

Happy Hull?

Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

Hull may not have got anywhere near selling their full allocation of tickets at Old Trafford tonight but the supporters who have come across the M62 are making plenty of noise.

Given their injury problems, I reckon most would be pretty pleased with a 1-0 scoreline.

Providing the hosts don't get another, Hull will at least feel they have a chance of getting to the final when they host the second leg on 26 January.

Harry Maguire
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Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

Steve Bruce has just left to beat the traffic so I doubt Juan Mata will be on his way to Villa Park any time soon.

Hull still having plenty of it in midfield. Are we on for any more goals?

It's a wonderful phrase

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Hoping that whilst Steve Bruce is at Old Trafford he can negotiate a player swap, i'd love to hear 'Bacuna to Mata' in commentaries!

Paul, Bexhill

SUBSTITUTION

Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

Juan Mata comes off for Marouane Fellaini. Artist replaced by labourer. 

Juan Mata
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Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

A strange atmosphere inside Old Trafford now. Hull having plenty of the ball as the hosts seem stuck between whether to go for more or settle for a 1-0. 

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Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

It's another change for Hull as Shaun Maloney comes on for Adama Diomande. Maloney once scored a big goal for Wigan against Manchester United, if memory serves.

And he shoots instantly, driving wide from 25 yards. Sliced right across the ball. 

HITS THE WOODWORK

Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

Lovely effort! Paul Pogba curls the free-kick over the wall, flat trajectory and it slaps against the post! Eldin Jakupovic did not move. 

Paul Pogba
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Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

Somebody almost got Alan Green talking about his thoughts on a 48-team World Cup then, we would have had to take the radio off the air...

United have a free-kick just left of centre.

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Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

Antonio Valencia wins a highly dubious free-kick on the right but it's wasted and easily cleared by Hull. Here comes Jesse Lingard, who replaces flying machine Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

A slight breather with Liverpool in mind? 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
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Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

Just over 20 minutes to go and Hull are still in this, with a second leg to come in Hull two weeks on Thursday. 

Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

Hull have a passage of play and David Meyler is able to stand up a decent cross to beyond the far post, Adama Diomande sizes it up and launches into an overhead kick which flies well over the top. Half a chance. 

Wayne must wait

Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

Wayne Rooney had one decent chance to claim Manchester United's goalscoring record for himself but has now been replaced by Anthony Martial.

It means the camera that has been trained on Sir Bobby Charlton in the directors' box throughout the game can now find something else to focus on.

Wayne Rooney
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Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

Ryan Mason, Hull's record signing, has played two dreadful passes to lose the ball in quick succession. And now Sam Clucas plays it straight to Marcus Rashford. Hull have done so well for large periods of this game, don't implode now. 

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David Melton: Disappointed for Hull but it was only a Mata of time

Jay: It's only a #Mata of time - what a goal- Mkhitaryan is playing amazingly well.   

Vaishach: Floodgates open?  

Juan Mata of Manchester United
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Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

Have you heard that Wayne Rooney needs a goal to break a record? Well it's not happening tonight as he is replaced by Anthony Martial. 

'Play with freedom'

Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

Andy Townsend

Ex-Republic of Ireland international on BBC Radio 5 live

The crowd sensed something was happening just prior to that move. Now Manchester United have found the breakthrough they can relax and play with a bit more freedom and perhaps play a little better.

Juan Mata celebrates
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Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

Don't forget this is a two-legged semi-final so Hull need to sit tight and not panic. And panic they do as Ryan Mason coughs up possession and United almost burst through. 

GOAL - Manchester United 1-0 Hull City

Juan Mata

The best player on the night opens the scoring, and it's a smart goal too. Paul Pogba and Wayne Rooney are involved as the play develops, and when Antonio Valencia's deep cross is nodded across goal by Henrikh Mkhitaryan Juan Mata is there to prod in from three yards. 

Juan Mata scores
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Manchester United 0-0 Hull City

That Wayne Rooney chance has got the home fans singing again. United are seeing lots and lots of the ball but Hull still look more than a sum of their parts. Forcing United wide, and Paul Pogba scuffs a shot. 

Wayne Rooney
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Amrul Choudhary: Poor finishing from United again, we need a natural left back on that side to produce quality crosses.