Manchester United fights back to beat Hull 3-2
Manchester United was gifted a winner by former defender James
Chester as the English Premier League champion came from two goals
down to beat Hull 3-2 on Thursday.
Ashley Young’s cross was inadvertently headed by Chester into
his own net in the 66th minute, allowing United to claim a third
straight league win.
”We had to dig deep with our fighting spirit and we’ve done
that,” United striker Wayne Rooney said. ”It was poor defending
for the two goals.”
Chester, a product of the United academy who made only one first
team appearance, scored the opening goal with a fourth-minute
volley. United conceded again in the 13th when David Meyler’s shot
deflected in off United defender Jonny Evans.
But Rooney’s free kick was headed in by Chris Smalling in the
19th, and the striker volleyed in the equalizer seven minutes
After Chester’s own-goal, United was reduced to 10 men in
stoppage time. Antonio Valencia received a second booking for time
wasting after kicking the ball away.
”We’ve had some poor results at the start of the season and we
have shown some real quality in the last few weeks,” Rooney said.
”We are having a go.”
United, which was eight points behind league leader Arsenal,
arrived late at KC Stadium due to traffic problems.
United had to phone in the team sheet, which included Darren
Fletcher in the starting lineup for the first time since last
December following treatment for a bowel disorder.
It was Hull which made the brighter start, and scored with the
first chance of the game.
Tom Huddlestone delivered a corner into the box where Alex Bruce
got above Patrice Evra to head toward the far post.
United striker Danny Welbeck was slow to come off the line but
Chester was one step ahead, advancing to volley into the roof of
Meyler then drove Hull into the penalty area and stayed up to
collect Yannick Sagbo’s cutback across the box. Meyler’s first
connection was wayward but Evans allowed him a second chance with a
sloppy clearance that came back to the Irishman.
The resulting shot would not have troubled goalkeeper David de
Gea, but Evans again intervened, wrong-footing the Spaniard and
turning the ball into his own net.
An apparent groin injury to defender Rafael da Silva gave Moyes
a chance to change things, and the manager made a determined move
in sending on winger Adnan Januzaj.
He had an almost immediate impact, winning a 19th-minute free
kick from which United scored.
Rooney provided the hanging cross from the right and Smalling
produced a clinical header that went inside the far post.
As United regained confidence, Rooney netted the goal of the
game. He controlled Evans’ long ball effortlessly with his back to
goal before flicking an overhead pass to Welbeck.
When it came back to Rooney, via a combination of Welbeck and
Curtis Davies, the England striker took another deft touch before
sending in a fierce 30-yard volley.
Bruce had to reshuffle at the interval, Steve Harper on for
McGregor and Robert Koren replacing Meyler. But the hosts once more
came out brightly, with Davies glancing a header and Huddlestone
denied by a ricochet off Evra.