Manchester United came from two goals down to win 3-2 at the KC Stadium in Hull.
Manchester United had to endure a nerve wracking final few minutes to see out their game against Hull City and secure another three points as they moved up the Premier League table.
There was plenty of buzz and excitement within the away supporters section before the game when news filtered through that Darren Fletcher would be making his first start for the side since 2012.
Fletcher completed 60 minutes and while it wasn’t his best hour of football, it was very significant in terms of United’s squad depth and what it means for the rest of the season.
However, United looked as though they were feeling the effects of being stuck in a traffic jam before the game, as Hull started the better of the two sides, quickly racing into a 2-0 lead.
David Moyes urged his team not to panic and they were soon level with goals from Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney before an own goal from James Chester in the second-half gave them the win.
Regardless of Antonio Valencia’s late red card, the win is very significant for United because they have proven they can come from behind to win a game in a very difficult and intimidating environment.
United move up to sixth thanks to the three points taken from the KC Stadium, which could put them much closer to the top four if other results go their way over the course of the afternoon.
They will still believe that a title challenge is possible but they still have a lot of work to do to claw back the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, relying on those teams to drop points at some point over the second half of the season.
One of the things that Moyes would have been hoping for is momentum and he’s getting just that as United have now gone five matches with five wins in all competitions following a terrible run of defeats in the Premier League.
We won't have Valencia and probably Rafael for the next match... RW and RB would be screwed #MUFC— Prateek (@Prateek_Jr) December 26, 2013
Jingle bells jingle bells jingle all the way oh what fun it is to see United win away hiii #MUFC— Stuart Thompson (@SRThompson91) December 26, 2013
Hernandez is a good finisher but so limited as a footballer, good bid comes in he can go for me #MUFC— Captain Marvel (@_AnthonyWilson) December 26, 2013
My team looks so so average. Hope we get some quality soon. Still tho, the resurgence continues #MUFC— R.I.P Santa! (@TheTrendingTony) December 26, 2013
13 point UCL gap closed to 3, in 11 days by #mufc, another 20 games to go, gotta love those who have already decided the final league order.— Adam Gray (@AdamGray1250) December 26, 2013
That was an important victory. Still we need to improve defensively.We need to keep on winning. Can't miss any more points anymore #MUFC— Mohammed Aldughayyim (@abo89saleh) December 26, 2013
Wayne Rooney another goal, another assist another man of the match award. I'm losing count now. #MUFC— Frank Lucas™ (@_iHeardEmSay) December 26, 2013
Bit more like the old united today. Comeback kings. It might've been only Hull but that was testing away and a great win #MUFC— Karl Doran (@KDDoran) December 26, 2013
Moyes made some significant tactical changes, I think the game was won from the bench and from degea #MUFC— Ay Lee (@Ayo_redDevil) December 26, 2013
Can point to a few issues, but when ur 2-0 down after 15mins at a ground where theyve conceded 2 all season, 3-2 win is job well done #MUFC— David Pickthall (@pickthad) December 26, 2013
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