Wayne Rooney is enjoying something of a resurgence this season for the Red Devils, and the 29-year-old has netted in his last three games for club and country.
He will start the game at Old Trafford with confidence, whilst also knowing that Hull are an opponent that he is remarkably fond of facing, with six goals in his last three appearances against the Humberside club - including a four goal haul in one game in 2010.
The England captain will be looking to continue his good form this weekend, and a win for United could move them to just two points within local rivals Manchester City - an incredible feat for the injury ravaged Red Devils. If they can cement their top four credentials despite playing with a number of key first-team stars out of action - and with a makeshift back-four likely to take the field at Old Trafford this weekend - there is no guessing just how good they will be when head coach Louis van Gaal is working with a full strength first-team.
However, Hull will be preparing to end their own poor run of form this weekend, and a win against the Red Devils could be the perfect catalyst to kick-start their season and move away from the increasingly close relegation zone. A run of five games without victory has seen the Tigers fall to within one point of the final relegation place, and they could fall bottom of the table should results go against them this weekend.
A series of dour performances will have to be ended with a strong defence, and Alex Bruce - who is likely to feature in the centre of that defence - has namechecked Rooney as the dangerman in the United ranks.
Quoted by the Tigers official Twitter account, 30-year-old Bruce said: “Wayne [Rooney] is always a threat.
“He’s a great player. He’s always capable of scoring a great goal at any moment, like he did at the KC Stadium last season when he produced a little bit of magic with a 25-yeard volley from nowhere that got them [Man United] back into the game.
“It’s the one thing we have to keep on top of.”
Rooney will be keen to add to his goal tally at the KC Stadium, as he moves ever closer to overtaking Bobby Charlton as the Red Devils all-time greatest ever goalscorer.