Hull City vs. Manchester United
Venue: KCOM Stadium
Date: Saturday, 27 August 2016
Kick-off: 17:30 BST
Manchester United secured a 92nd minute winner away at Hull City to maintain their 100% start to the Premier League season.
It was substitute Marcus Rashford, on with less than 20 minutes remaining, who converted Wayne Rooney’s low cross in stoppage time to send the away support into jubilation.
Having been an unused substitute in the previous two games, Rashford’s first minutes of the campaign in the league send United into the international break with the maximum nine points.
Early on, Anthony Martial cut inside off the left flank, and his cross was headed just over by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as Robert Snodgrass’ free-kick curled just wide at the other end.
Paul Pogba’s attempt and Juan Mata’s free-kick were held with ease by Eldin Jakupovic, with David De Gea on hand to do likewise from Abel Hernandez’s header.
Skipper Rooney claimed a penalty for handball when his shot was blocked on the line by opposite captain Curtis Davies, as Mata’s glancing header from Antonio Valencia’s cross was held.
Adama Diomande’s through ball allowed Hernandez to get a shot away, but it did little to trouble De Gea as half-time arrived in a rain-soaked KC Stadium.
After the break, Rooney saw a header held after Luke Shaw’s deflected cross dropped kindly, with Martial firing wide and Ibrahimovic’s deflected effort also falling wide.
Pogba’s shot from range fell just over before Valencia’s cross clearly struck the arm of David Meyler, only for no penalty to be awarded, as Rooney’s volley dropped wide.
A decent spell for Hull saw Tom Huddlestone’s deflected attempt wrong-foot De Gea but fall wide, before his shot from range rose high.
In relentless pressure towards the final moments, Pogba’s free-kick failed to trouble, before Rashford forced Jakupovic into a smart low save to tip the ball wide, with Davies’ last-ditch block denying Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
United persisted, with Rashford’s superb cross seeing no-one on the end of it, as Pogba fired wide and Mkhitaryan saw a shot held.
As full-time loomed large, Shaw found Rooney on the left towards the byline, but he skipped past Ahmed Elmohamady, before placing a low cross across the area, as Rashford tapped home the loose ball.
After the celebrations had partially calmed down, United held out to seal the victory.
Harsh on Hull, but sitting back and replacing a striker with a defender, they were inviting the endless wave of United attacks.
With nearly 30 goal attempts to their credit, this felt like the United of old, pressing on until the final moments, digging in and winning with a never-say-die attitude.
A two week break for internationals to take centre stage now follows, with the Manchester derby shortly on the horizon.
Manchester City will visit Old Trafford on Saturday 10 September, with a 12:30 BST kick-off time scheduled.
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Fellaini, Pogba; Mata (Rashford 71), Rooney (Smalling 90+3), Martial (Mkhitaryan 60); Ibrahimovic.
Subs not used: Romero, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Young.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Hull: Jakupovic; Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson; Snodgrass (Maloney 48), Meyler, Huddlestone, Clucas; Diomande, Hernandez (Maguire 83).
Subs not used: Kuciak, Bowen, Olley, Clackstone, Hinchliffe.
Caretaker Manager: Mike Phelan