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Manchester United held to disappointing home draw by Hull City

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A fantastic showing in goal from Hull City stopper Eldin Jakupovic earned the relegation strugglers a deserved point at Old Trafford, much to the disappointment of Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho, who witnessed his side drop another two crucial points, thus missing out on a golden opportunity to close the gap on the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool, who had all dropped points on Tuesday night.

United had the best chances, but in the end were perhaps a little lucky to leave with a point with Liverpool loanee Lazar Markovic almost stealing all three points for the visitors, only to see his effort hit the post with David de Gea well beaten in the Red Devils' goal.

Jakupovic though was the real star of the show, keeping out a efforts from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba in the first half, whilst doing even better in the second period as he denied Juan Mata from close range, whilst also keeping out a late strike from Pogba that seemed destined for the net till Jakupovic intervened.

The Tigers had their chances too, with Harry Maguire guilty of spurning an excellent headed opportunity in the first half, and Abel Hernandez's touch letting him down at a crucial moment late in the game, but it was Markovic, who almost nicked all three points for Hull, with his shot that struck the woodwork.

United also had a late shout for a penalty rightly turned down by Referee Mike Jones, but Jose Mourinho had a different view of proceedings and felt his side should have got a freekick after Ibrahimovic, arguably United's strongest player on the pitch went down rather easily after making the most of a little contact with Tom Huddlestone.

An annoyed Jose said after the game, “We didn’t score. You don’t score, it is not possible to win. Their goalkeeper was good. We needed to score, we needed more time to play. If you played 35-40 minutes in both halves, it is a lot. I think Hull City tried to see where they could go, the way they could behave and tried to see what the referee would allow them to do. They had the feedback and were comfortable to do what they did. I am not critical of that. They are fighting against relegation and every point is gold."

The result means that United now trail local rivals Manchester City, who won 4-0 at West Ham today, by 4 points, while Hull City move up a place off the bottom of the table, but still find themselves 4 points from safety.

Teams:

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones (Smalling 55'), Rojo, Blind; Carrick (Rooney 45'), Herrera; Mkhitaryan (Mata 62'), Pogba, Rashford; Ibrahimovic.

Substitutes: Romero, Smalling, Young, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rooney.

Hull City: Jakupovic, Robertson, Maguire, Meyler, Huddlestone, Clucas, Dawson, Niasse (Hernandez 69'), Tymon (Ranocchia 66'), Evandro (Elabdellaoui 72'), Markovic.

Substitutes: Marshall, Hernandez, Ranocchia, Elabdellaoui, Maloney, Diomande, Bowen.

Final Score: Man United 0-0 Hull City