Predicted Manchester United XI to play Hull City - Welbeck to start if fit

Match to be played on 26th December 2013 at 12:45. Venue: KC Stadium, Hull.

Manchester United will be confident after impressive back-to-back wins in the Premier League.

United face a difficult Boxing Day fixture away at Hull City, with three points very important as they look to get their top four challenge and title bid back on track.

The big injury concern ahead of this match relates to in form striker Danny Welbeck who was taken off against West Ham with a sore knee.

Here’s the side David Moyes could go with to face Hull.

GK – David De Gea

De Gea is sure of his place in the current United team and he’s one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Premier League. He makes important saves at crucial times and his distribution is world class.

RB – Rafael

The Brazilian gets up and down the right hand side well and provides crucial extra width. Defensively he can look a little rocky at times but he’s improved a great deal this season.

CB – Chris Smalling

Smalling is a very key player to have on the right side of central defence. His pace means United can play a higher defensive line and his experience as a right-back means he can cover for Rafael.

CB – Jonny Evans

Evans looks as though he will form the spine of the side for several years to come. He’s a confident, consistent and reliable central defender who does the basics well and doesn’t try to play too much football across his own penalty area.

LB – Patrice Evra

Evra injects that experience into the United defence and he’s the leader in the back four. He knows when to get forward and he knows when to raise the drawbridge when United are under pressure.

RM – Antonio Valencia

Valencia’s pace on the right is important in terms of counter attacking play. His experience filling in at right-back also means he can provide Rafael with extra cover and contain players on that side of the pitch.

DM – Phil Jones

Jones is the most versatile player in the current United side. Expect him to play the role he played against West Ham, just in front of the back four and pressing forward when he can.

CM – Tom Cleverley

Cleverley seems to be much more assured of his role and position in the current team. He’s never going to be that creative midfielder similar to a Mesut Ozil of Arsenal but he gets the job done and controls the pace of a game very well.

LM – Adnan Januzaj

Januzaj is getting better with the more experience and the more opportunities that he’s given. He’s capable of producing something special which can turn a game on its head but he must cut out the diving.

ST – Wayne Rooney

Rooney will take his normal place in attack. He’ll play in behind the other striker, dropping off to take up an attacking midfield position when United are under pressure and need an extra body in the middle.

ST – Danny Welbeck

If Welbeck can shake off the knee knock then he plays. He’s look superb leading the attack in recent games, occupying his more favoured and more natural central striker position.

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