Hull City boss Steve Bruce expecting no favours from Manchester United

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Ex-Manchester United defender Steve Bruce faces his former club this weekend with Hull City's Premier League future hanging in the balance.

All eyes this coming weekend in the Premier League will be fixed on the battle to avoid filling the final relegation spot.

Hull City require a win over fourth-placed Manchester United, along with a favour from West Ham United at Newcastle United, in order to drag themselves out of the drop zone. Anything but a win over the 20-time champions of England will see Hull relegated from the top flight and back into the Championship.

Steve Bruce is no stranger to the situation, having suffered relegation battles previously with Sunderland, but this time around he faces his former club Manchester United on a decisive day.

Under Sir Alex Ferguson things could have been very different, seeing as though Bruce was one of his players in the 90s. Now, under Louis van Gaal, Manchester United's alliance with the Hull City boss has lessened.

Fans of Manchester United hold a special place in their heart for the 54-year-old, who gave nine years of loyal service at Old Trafford - winning three league titles and a European Cup Winners' Cup.

Bruce is, however, expecting no favours from the Red Devils on Sunday.

"It doesn't matter who plays," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "They are Manchester United.

"If you are representing Manchester United at any level, you are a good player. We are up against one of the top teams."

Hull City were in the same situation six years ago, and back then their battle involved Newcastle once again. This time, however, Newcastle go into their game on Sunday with the upper hand, with Bruce's side below them in the table.

"We are up against one of the top teams," continued Bruce.

"But we are at home and we all know the importance of it."

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