It will be an emotional affair at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, as Manchester United fans prepare to say goodbye for the final time to many fan-favourites.
Nemanja Vidic, United’s Serbian warrior will definitely make his final appearance in a United strip at Old Trafford before he completes his free transfer to Inter Milan on July 1st. Vidic, who joined United in January 2006 for what turned out to be a bargain £7 million, has made 298 appearances for the club as well as chipping in with 21 goals.
The United captain Vidic may not be the only one leaving through the Old Trafford exit door this summer. It is expected that Ryan Giggs, the interim player-manager, will play his final game for United tonight in front of the crowd that he has dazzled throughout his 23-year career. Giggs and Vidic could possibly be joined by Patrice Evra, who has yet to decide on his future and whose contract expires in the summer. However, Rio Ferdinand looks to have already played his last home game for the club against Sunderland last Saturday as he has been left out of the United squad for tonight’s encounter.
Tonight could possibly be the last game at the Theatre Of Dreams for many other Man United stars as there is expected to be a massive overhaul of the squad this summer. Some of the names that are being linked with a move away from Manchester are Javier Hernandez, Nani & Tom Cleverley. This will be the last chance for the team to give the home fans something to cheer about after what has been a season to forget with United losing 7 out of 18 games at Old Trafford.
Hull will look to heap further misery on the home side and many of their players will want to impress Steve Bruce with an F.A. Cup Final against Arsenal looming on the horizon. Unfortunately for Hull, United could possibly have both Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie involved and this does not bode well for a defense that has conceded 11 goals in its last 4 league games. Hull’s form going into this game doesn’t provide much hope of causing an upset either with them losing two out of the last three and drawing the other.
Tuesday’s game sees the FA Cup Finalists and a mid-table Premier League side go head-to-head. Isn’t football a funny old game?
Conor O’ Reilly, Pundit Arena.