Manchester United V Hull City (for the fourth time this season)
Hull City have already played Manchester United 3 times this season and having won 1 and lost 2 the Tigers have never been overawed by Untied, despite their impressive galaxy of stars.
The win against Man Unt in the second round of the cup was no fluke and the squad must take great strength from that game. One would hope that they will now enter the league game on Wednesday night full of confidence and self-belief.
Marco Silva spoke to the gathering of media representatives on Tuesday lunch, which coincided with the last day of the current transfer window. It was no surprise then that the first questions were indeed about his transfer aspirations.
He was first asked about Andrea Ranocchia from Inter Milan who had signed for Hull City just a short time before the press conference. “Andrea is a good signing for us and he plays in a position that we needed to improve.” Adding that, Michael Dawson and Curtis Davis are suffering some form of injury. “Andrea is an experienced international player and comes to improve the quality of the squad. As for the game tomorrow we will first have to see him today in training. And then we will see where we are.”
Marco then expertly batted away any questions on speculative signings and said he was only prepared to talk about Hull city players. He did go on to say “We will try to fill some more positions but it is not easy but we will do everything we can.” It was a definite no when mentioning Andy Robertson possible transfer. “He is an important player and he is definitely staying.”
“The most important thing at this moment is the game against Manchester United. It will be important to keep our concentration and important to keep our focus. We will be playing against a team with a fantastic coach, it’s a big game for us and it also an important game for them.”
On Ryan Mason he had this to say “It is fantastic news for us and its fantastic news for his family. I saw him last Saturday and saw him smile which was fantastic moment.”
After Marcos it was Sam Clucas who sat in the hot seat.
Sam was asked as a player how did he feel about new signings “Yes I have turned up today and there is a couple of new faces and yes it’s nice, it adds a bit of a spark to the team.” In playing against Manchester United he says the team is full of confidence at the moment. “The gaffer has been brilliant he has brought the confidence back into the squad. We are bringing in a bit of quality, we have lost two players which a going to be a big miss but then we are bringing in a lot of players and I hope they will bring quality to the squad.”
On meeting and greeting the new players “It’s exciting, the first thing that comes to my mind is we are going to have a good time traveling to away games because we always get the new lads to sing. It the main thing I look forward too, getting them up there and singing for us.” And when asked who in the squad who was the best singer he disclosed that the best singer he had come across was Rory Watson who is a really good singer, the rest of the boys were trying to get him on the Voice or the X Factor. It was all before my time but I have seen the videos and yes he was the best one. (Rory in fact signed for Scunthorpe today).
Sam confessed that he is frustrated having yet to score his first premiership league goal and has been practicing his shooting. “I have had some great opportunities this season but I don’t know why but there just not going in. Maybe I am putting a bit too much pressure on myself but hopefully when that first goal goes in, I will get a few more.”
Sam has a dream of scoring the winning goal against the team he supported in his boyhood. That team is Manchester United. Let’s all hope his dream comes true.