James Wilson scored a brace on his Manchester United debut to see his side overcome Hull City 3-1 at Old Trafford.
The teenager bagged twice either side of half-time before Matty Fryatt gave the away side a glimmer of hope which was ended when Robin Van Persie added a third.
The home side went into the final game of the season on the back of a woeful 1-0 defeat to lowly Sunderland with Seb Larsson getting the only goal of the fixture. The Tigers went on their travels for the last time in the Premier League following a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa.
Interim manager Ryan Giggs opted to name himself on the bench for what could be his final appearance as a player at Old Trafford. The Inter Milan-bound Nemanja Vidic also had to settle for a place on the bench before he heads for pastures new, whilst starting places were given to youngsters Tom Lawrence and James Wilson.
Steve Bruce made five changes with Premier League football guaranteed for another year and an FA Cup final on the horizon. Goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic was given his top flight debut with Alex Bruce, George Boyd, Robert Koren and Stephen Quinn all coming into the side.
Manchester United: De Gea – Valencia – Smalling – Jones – Buttner – Januzaj – Carrick – Fellaini – Kagawa – Lawrence – Wilson
Subs: Mata – Giggs – Vidic – Young – Van Persie – Keane – Amos
Hull City: Jakupovic – Elmohamady – Figueroa – Davies – Bruce – Rosenior – Meyler – Quinn – Koren – Boyd – Long
Subs: Huddlestone – Fryatt – Livermore – Jelavic – Sagbo – Harper – Faye
Manchester United should have been awarded a penalty as early as the 4th minute when Maynor Figueroa brought down Adnan Januzaj inside the penalty box but referee Craig Pawson failed to spot the contact.
20-year-old Tom Lawrence almost repaid the managers faith when he fashioned himself an opening in the 16th minute only for his shot to be deflected for a corner. Nemanja Vidic was introduced shortly after the set-piece after Phil Jones collided with Figueroa with the defender going to hospital for an x-ray on a shoulder injury.
The 31st minute bared witness to the opening goal of the game as James Wilson smashed in a Fellani knock down from a Januzaj corner.
Hull struggled to fashion any real chances in the opening 45 minutes through a combination of United’s high tempo pressing game and the absence of their regular midfield.
Ahmed Elmohamady led a counter-attack just before the break when Koren intercepted a stray Buttner pass only for Vidic to clear his cross with ease.
Hull made a double change at half-time with Matty Fryatt and Yannick Sagbo replacing Liam Rosenior and Shane Long.
Januzaj and Lawrence had early second-half efforts saved by Jakupovic before the former weaved past two Hull defenders, playing a great ball into the advancing Fellaini whose shot was saved well by Jakupovic, only for Wilson to coolly slot his and United’s second of the night.
Two minutes later, Hull halved the deficit with a fine strike from Matty Fryatt nestling in the corner of the net.
Robin Van Persie replaced the two-goal debutant James Wilson before Ryan Giggs entered the field as the final replacement of the evening coming on for Tom Lawrence.
The away side, buoyed by their earlier goal, looked to get a leveler and almost did when Meyler had an effort beaten away by De Gea, with Fryatt unlucky not to adjust his body in time to slot home.
In the 82nd minute, Ahmed Elmohamady was replaced by Livermore after suffering an injury. Elmo protested the decision on his way out as he thought he was able to play.
Five minutes later, Manchester United made sure Vidic ended his Old Trafford career with a win when Van Persie buried his attempt at the second time of asking.
Published on May 06 2014 for KingFut.