Confident Bruce describes Hull City's survival chances as 'outstanding'

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Hull City go into the last game of the season needing to beat Manchester United to have any chance of avoiding relegation, but their manager is optimistic.

Sunderland's midweek point at Arsenal left just two clubs to fight it out to avoid the drop out of the Premier League. Hull City lie two points behind Newcastle United in the table, but have a goal difference that is seven goals better than the Magpies'.

This means that while a win over Manchester United is essential on Sunday afternoon, Newcastle know that a draw in their game at home to West Ham United might not be enough to save them. Given that Newcastle haven't won in 10 games - nine of which they have lost - it is not hard to see where Hull manager Steve Bruce has gained some confidence.

Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, Bruce said: "We have to go and look to win the game because if we do that I'm sure we'll give ourselves an almighty chance. I've said all along that 34 (points) wouldn't be enough but if we get to 37, with our goal difference, we've got an outstanding chance. We just have to make sure we do our job on the day.

As an experienced manager, Bruce is adept at heaping the pressure on Newcastle, whose wretched form has seen them sink like a stone from a position of mid-table security when John Carver took over as interim manager in February. Bruce is aware of the tidal wave of dissent among the St James' Park crowd towards the club and its owner Mike Ashley, and the Hull boss is fully aware that his team can turn the psychology to their advantage, should they take the lead against Louis van Gaal's men on Sunday. 

"Newcastle will have a big, baying crowd that will be anxious," said Bruce "and if we were able to get ahead, that would make a difference."

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