I was on a train frantically faffing around with my digital radio as my signal was in and out listening to Hull City vs Manchester United and it was in stoppage time that ‘Johnny-on-the-spot’ Marcus Rashford tapped in after good byline work from Wayne Rooney to deservedly win the game for Jose Mourinho’s men. Hull’s players, fans and hierarchy would have been devastated after a herculean performance but the right result was a win for the Reds of Manchster. On another day the spoils would have been shared, but lets be honest anyone connected to Hull was already in dreamland this season as at the start of the campaign they could have only dreamed of having 6 points at this stage.
CLUB IN TURMOIL
Their pre-season was a nightmare. After their play-off win that brought them promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt, following their relegation from the top flight the previous season, manager Steve Bruce quit as he was not given any assurances in regards to getting in the players that he needed and having the team ready for the start of the season. The ownership of the club was not clear and it was common knowledge at the time that the incumbents, the Assam’s, wanted out. This led to only a couple unproven youngsters being brought in to bolster the squad and players such as Mo Diamé jumping ship, even Curtis Davies had a little fun with it, tweeting a picture of their only fit senior players on pre-season in early August.
BETTER THAN COULD HAVE BEEN IMAGINED
With a start of champions Leicester at home, then Swansea away followed by a resurgent Manchester United visiting the KCOM Stadium in their first three games, most fans would have been happy if they only had a goal difference of -6, in what was expected to be the start of a long hard season, with some people even thinking they might break the record of lowest points total ever in the Premier League. However, caretaker boss Mike Phelan and the players have done a remarkable job in gaining 6 points, they deserved to beat Leicester on the opening day and they defended superbly against Swansea, before a late double saw them leave the Liberty as only one of four clubs with maximum points after two weeks of the season.
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
Yes it could have been 7 points, but that was not to be, but 6 gives them a platform they never thought they would have and the plan is to now get some business done and bring some experienced players in before the transfer deadline this Wednesday (31st August) so that the squad will be bolstered nicely for when they return to action in September. It has been announced that the Allam’s are hoping to complete the sale of the club after the international break, so hopefully some clarity and a way forward for Hull City will be on the horizon soon, positive news for the fans after all the doom and gloom over the last few months.
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