Date: 10th January 2017 at 9:08am
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Manchester United host Premier League strugglers Hull in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final this evening (8pm kick-off).

Jose Mourinho’s men thumped West Ham 4-1 in the quarter-finals to reach the last four, while they also beat neighbours Manchester City earlier on in the competition.

A third Premier League side stands in their way of a place in a ninth League Cup final, with Marco Silva’s Hull facing the unenviable task of trying to halt United’s sensational recent run.

The Red Devils have won their eight successive matches, the latest of which was a 4-0 thrashing of Reading in the FA Cup last weekend, and they haven’t tasted defeat since their 2-1 loss in Fenerbahce on November 3, and in England since their 4-0 thumping at Chelsea on October 23.

Thus, United will go in as heavy favourites to record a ninth win in a row, although Hull are fresh from a fine 2-0 victory over Swansea on Saturday, and have won all three of their away League Cup matches so far this season.

Nonetheless, Mourinho and his side will hope to take a lead to the KCOM Stadium in a few weeks’ time, and here are THREE reasons why they will do just that…

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