Eight things you missed from Manchester United's EFL Cup victory over Hull

  • Manchester United secured a 2-0 home victory against Hull on Tuesday night 
  • Mike Phelan was asked for comment about his successor as Tigers manager  
  • United's official tractor partner popped up on the pitchside advertising boards
  • Jose Mourinho walked down the tunnel with four minutes to go at half-time 

By Sam Morshead For Mailonline

Published: 17:04 EST, 10 January 2017 | Updated: 01:46 EST, 11 January 2017

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Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini found the back of the net as Manchester United secured a 2-0 win over Hull in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

Sometimes it's not easy to keep abreast of absolutely everything taking place on a matchday at Old Trafford, and you'd be forgiven for letting some things pass you by.

But there's no need to panic. Sportsmail's resident eagle eyes were in place once again to make sure you're kept fully in the loop. Thank us later.

Manchester United secured a 2-0 victory over Hull in their EFL Cup semi-final first leg Manchester United secured a 2-0 victory over Hull in their EFL Cup semi-final first leg

Manchester United secured a 2-0 victory over Hull in their EFL Cup semi-final first leg

Juan Mata scored the first goal of the evening for the Red Devils at Old Trafford Juan Mata scored the first goal of the evening for the Red Devils at Old Trafford

Juan Mata scored the first goal of the evening for the Red Devils at Old Trafford

HAVE YOU COME FAR?

Everyone knows the worn-out joke about Manchester United's fans coming from everywhere but Manches... zzzzzz. But there's always someone in an Old Trafford crowd who's taken on their own personal Odyssey to watch their heroes in action.

Who can forget, for instance, the story of Moses Kamara - an airport security officer from Sierra Leone - who made it all the way to the Theatre of Dreams in May only for a fake bomb to force a postponement and reduce him to tears.

There are United fan clubs in the farthest-flung corners of the globe - Iraq, Morocco, Bangladesh and, as it turns out, Mauritius.

Why, you ask. Well, outside the club's famous ground on Tuesday a group of gents unfurled the national flag of the African coastal nation (and some cretinous half-and-half scarves, but the less about them the better).

FYI... entry into the Mauritius MUFC supporters club costs £42 a year, and you'll get a welcome pack which includes a season review DVD, a pin and the chance to 'attend the general assembly', which can't possibly be as terrifying as it sounds. Just in case you fancy signing up.  

United fans pose with a Mauritian flag outside Old Trafford on Tuesday United fans pose with a Mauritian flag outside Old Trafford on Tuesday

United fans pose with a Mauritian flag outside Old Trafford on Tuesday

MORE THAN A PHELAN 

It all seemed a little cruel. 

The former Hull manager, sacked only seven days previously, pinned in front of the cameras and asked to comment on his successor's chances of success.  

Of course, drafting Mike Phelan into the studio made sense - what with his United background and very intimate knowledge of the current Hull squad - and the ex-Tigers boss performed admirably given the circumstances.

But it still seemed somewhat harsh, a hint of the circus about it. 'Ha, ha, ha, look at the man who lost his job'.

Ultimately, Phelan had a choice to take his seat on set - as much as Sportsmail's energetic mind is conjuring up images of a balaclava-ed Phil Neville bundling the 54-year-old into the back of van - and he would surely not have gone unpaid for his work.

Yet asking him to appraise Silva's resume border bordered on bullying.

‘He definitely has a good CV,' said Phelan, hiding his frustration with a pokerface that would've made Lady Gaga proud.

'Coming into the Premier League will be a certain challenge for him.'

Cough, cough, wink, wink.

Former Hull manager Mike Phelan cuts a sheepish figure during his appearance on Sky Sports Former Hull manager Mike Phelan cuts a sheepish figure during his appearance on Sky Sports

Former Hull manager Mike Phelan cuts a sheepish figure during his appearance on Sky Sports

HULL OF A LONG TIME

The last time Hull fans witnessed a victory at Old Trafford, Winston Churchill was Prime Minister, the Queen wasn't even the Queen and tea was still being rationed.

It was January 1952 and the Tigers emerged from Manchester with a 2-0 victory in the FA Cup. The Mousetrap - the world's longest continuous theatrical production - didn't even drop curtain at the New Ambassador's for another eight months.

That show is still going strong, now well into its platinum year, and so is Hull's dreadful run.

Seven trips. Zero wins. 21 goals conceded. 

Wayne Rooney watches play unfold in front of him as Ryan Mason (right) looks on  Wayne Rooney watches play unfold in front of him as Ryan Mason (right) looks on 

Wayne Rooney watches play unfold in front of him as Ryan Mason (right) looks on 

CULTURE CLUB

Tigers fans have a chant that they've become quite fond of.

Midway through the opening it got its latest airing.

'City of culture, we know what we are,' the ditty goes, though Tuesday's renditions were slightly hushed, as if the performers didn't really believe their own words.

Sportsmail has declined to comment.

A CURIOUS SOUVENIR

'How was you're night at Old Trafford, dear?'

'Yeah, pretty good. They won 2-0.'

'That's nice. Did you get any decent pictures with the players?'

*Checks phone*.

'Here's one of Hull defender Josh Tymon getting injured in the 88th minute. It was pretty funny.'

'Oh, OK.' 

A fan (circled) uses his phone to document Hull's Josh Tymon being helped from the pitch A fan (circled) uses his phone to document Hull's Josh Tymon being helped from the pitch

A fan (circled) uses his phone to document Hull's Josh Tymon being helped from the pitch

TRACTOR BOYS

In our modern, consumer world, Manchester United lead the way when it comes to official partnerships.

Want a bank loan with the famous logo slapped all over the paperwork? You got it.

Desperate for a microwave noodle but only if it's endorsed by Fred the Red? No problem.

In need of a refreshing glass of Kagome tomato juice? Why, of course.

So perhaps we shouldn't be surprised at anything that comes 'in partnership' with the world's biggest brand, sorry, football club.

But tractors? Seriously? One for the Somerset Reds, presumably.

ON YOUR WAY, JOSE

What a difference 45 minutes make. Just before kick-off, Jose Mourinho was in the tunnel, laughing and joking with Sky's lovable pitchside scamp Geoff Shreeves.

Fast forward one increasingly frustrating half of football and the Portuguese's grin had been replaced with a grimace and a grumble.

In fact, Mourinho was so disgusted by his team's mediocre first-period showing that he walked out on the final four minutes, abandoning his place on the United bench and slouching towards the tunnel.

One last, forlorn look over his shoulder and he was gone. 

Jose Mourinho plodded towards the touchline with several minutes of the first half remaining Jose Mourinho plodded towards the touchline with several minutes of the first half remaining

Jose Mourinho plodded towards the touchline with several minutes of the first half remaining

After a quick look over his shoulder, the United coach marched on towards the dressing rooms After a quick look over his shoulder, the United coach marched on towards the dressing rooms

After a quick look over his shoulder, the United coach marched on towards the dressing rooms

ASKING FOR A FRIEND

As Paul Pogba prepared to take a 73rd-minute free-kick it seemed Kevin Friend was living vicariously through the Frenchman.

Friend - the 45-year-old referee from Leicester - was the picture of concentration, standing fists clenched and legs straight, focusing on the goal in front of him, channeling Cristiano Ronaldo and Mark Clattenburg in one curious bundle.

Was he imaging cracking a piledriver into the top corner and wheeling away towards the Stretford End in celebration, one arm raised? A Klinsmann dive, perhaps? Maybe a good old Ravenelli shirt-over-the-head?

Then... thwack, the sound of Pogba's effort smacking against an upright brought the daydream to an abrupt end. 

Referee Kevin Friend looks ready to strike a free-kick himself as Paul Pogba stands over the ball Referee Kevin Friend looks ready to strike a free-kick himself as Paul Pogba stands over the ball

Referee Kevin Friend looks ready to strike a free-kick himself as Paul Pogba stands over the ball

 

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