Charlie Nicholas states prediction for Man United v Hull City

The former Arsenal midfielder doesn't expect Manchester United to slip up against Hull City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final

Charlie Nicholas is confident that Manchester United will beat Hull City in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

The Red Devils were 4-0 winners against Championship side Reading in the FA Cup third round on Saturday afternoon courtesy of goals from Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

Manchester United have now won their last eight games in all competitions to improve their chances of winning silverware in their first season under new manager Jose Mourinho.

Hull City were 2-0 winners against Swansea City in their third-round clash in the FA Cup at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday afternoon under their newly-appointed manager Marco Silva.

Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas doesn’t envisage Hull causing an upset on Tuesday night and is backing Manchester United to ease to a comfortable League Cup win.

“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,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“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.”

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Manchester United won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal last season after a 2-1 extra-time victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley.

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