Stoppage time goal earns Manchester United a crucial victory

Marcus Rashford broke Hull City’s hearts with a late goal to give Manchester United a 1-0 win, and help them maintain their 100% start to the Premier League.

United had been frustrated throughout the game, thanks to some brilliant defending by Hull. And it seemed like Hull would hold on for a heroic point against the Red Devils. But after some brilliant play down the left wing by Wayne Rooney, Rashford poked home from close range to and give United the three points.

It was a David vs Goliath affair as heavyweights Manchester United asserted their dominance for most of the game. But the depleted Hull City side came very close to keeping them at bay. Led by captain Curtis Davies, they put in an exceptional display in defense. Despite having just 14 fit senior players, they nearly spoiled United’s party.

Manchester United, who fielded an unchanged side, had 62% possession and managed 29 shots on goal. Ibrahimovic, Rooney and Pogba all came close to finding the breakthrough for the travelling isde. And with time running out, Jose Mourinho turned to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford.

That changed the match, as the duo caused many problems to the Hull defense with their pace and directness. Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic made a fine one-handed save to deny Rashford in the 79th minute. And just when United thought, that they were set to drop their first points of the season, they got the breakthrough they longed for, and deserved.

It could prove to be a huge victory for United, as the win keeps their 100% record alive. It also gives Jose Mourinho’s men a huge boost ahead of the Manchester derby after the international break. And despite the heartbreaking manner of their defeat, Hull will find plenty of positives from this game. They have a crucial few days coming up to add up to 6 new faces to their squad, before taking on Burnley in two weeks time.

Managers’ Reaction

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said after the game, “Until the last-minute the boys believed. I feel sorry for Hull but my guys deserved it.

“The boys were very strong and the second half was like going to fight against a wall. We had an amazing mentality. Were very strong and tried to create problems for the opposition. We tried and tried and got it.”

Hull caretaker boss Mike Phelain said, “It is disappointing for the players, they have put a serious amount of work in to get to a point where they think they have a result.

“You are playing quality sides who bring quality off the bench, but I am proud of the players. They have put hard work in today without getting anything out of it.”