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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be eager to start for Man United against Hull City, says Charlie Nicholas

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be eager to start for Man United against Hull City, says Charlie Nicholas

Former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas believes that Manchester United will take their place in the EFL Cup final because Jose Mourinho has so many choices when it comes to picking his team. Furthermore, the Sky Sports pundit believes that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be keen to face the Tigers. 

Hull City head to Old Trafford this evening and will be looking to keep out an in-form Red Devils side who have won their last eight games on the bounce.

Nicholas believes that despite Hull’s form not being excellent in recent times, the likes of Ibrahimovic will be eager to start tonight.

Nicholas told Sky Sports: “As for United, Jose Mourinho saying he’s actually starting to enjoy Manchester now tells you he’s starting to get things his way, with the players he’s not interested in halfway out of the door.

“He’s got a lot of good choices with Antony Martial doing a bit more on the ball and Wayne Rooney going for the record. He could rest Zlatan Ibrahimovic again but I think he will want to play in a semi-final.

“Hull will sit in and just hope to give themselves a chance but I don’t see it happening and I think the hosts will do a fairly professional job and all but kill off their visitors’ hopes.”

Hull will be without Curtis Davies, while his defensive partner Michael Dawson will face a late fitness test. After the EFL Cup tie, Liverpool will be the next side to head to Old Trafford in the Premier League as United try to close the gap on fifth-placed Arsenal.

The Red Devils then head to Stoke City the following weekend, before the return leg of the EFL Cup at Hull’s KCOM stadium.

Manchester United have conceded just 19 goals in 20 Premier League games.

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