ONCE again the Premiership is pulled off centre stage as the fourth round of the FA Cup returns, with punters eagerly hoping for more giants to fall at the hands of English football’s minnows. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be livid with his early exit from the competition to historic nemeses Leeds, and then their midweek League cup defeat to Manchester City. Someone has to take Sir Alex’s backlash, and unfortunately for Hull they travel west to visit Old Trafford in the only Premiership fixture of the weekend.
Myhill was a human brick wall last Saturday as Hull incredibly drew 0-0 against an on form Spurs side. Without Myhill’s heroics in goal, the score line could have been embarrassing. Hull boss Phil Brown would have been delighted with the point, but knows there was a giant gulf in class between the sides this weekend. With Manchester United offering more potency upfront than Tottenham, it is almost impossible to conceive Hull can repeat such a feat.
Rooney is the new king of the Theatre of Dreams. He has started to move around the pitch with the arrogance and swagger that Cantona and Ronaldo had done before him. He’s the main catalyst going forward and everything good about United’s performances, despite their current wobble, has come through him.
One of Ferguson’s main issues at the moment is working out his best midfield, and who should partner Rooney. Giggs and Scholes can’t play every week and United seem to be missing their old fluency.
However, this is the perfect game to iron out all of United’s creases and get things back on track. Regardless of their lineup, they should be head and shoulders above a poor Hull outfit. With Van der Sar back in goal, the defence should be sealed nice and tight. Expect a one sided game with Giggs and Valencia offering the width, and one that sees the Red Devils temporally reclaim top spot in the league.