David De Gea states prediction for Hull City v Man United

The Manchester United goalkeeper is anticipating a war in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Thursday night

David De Gea is expecting a war between Hull City and Manchester United in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final at KCOM Stadium on Thursday night.

The Manchester United goalkeeper managed to keep a clean sheet in the first leg as the 20-time English champions eased to a 2-0 win over the Tigers thanks to second-half goals from Juan Mata and Maroaune Fellaini.

The Red Devils are unbeaten since a 2-1 loss to Turkish side Fenerbahce in the Europa League on 3 November and Manchester United haven’t suffered a domestic defeat since a 4-0 rout at leaders Chelsea on 23 October.

Jose Mourinho won the League Cup three times during his two spells in charge of the west London outfit, but De Gea is still waiting to win the EFL since his move to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Speaking to Manchester United’s website ahead of the second leg in Hull, De Gea warned his team-mates to expect a very tough game against their Premier League rivals.

“It’s a special game as, if you win, you’re at Wembley and in another final,” De Gea said. “It is one where we want to be there, of course. We played well at Old Trafford and scored two goals and they didn’t score. That was the most important thing, we are two goals in front, but we know we are going to be in a war in Hull. We’ll need to play good football.

“We had difficult games [in earlier rounds] against Manchester City and West Ham – they were not easy matches but we have been really good in the cup and played very well, especially against City. I think we deserve to be in the semi-finals.

“I really want to win that competition. I don’t have a League Cup winner’s medal and I am going to be really happy if we win it. We are always hungry. We are Manchester United. We’re always trying to be in the finals at Wembley because we always want to win.”

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