Date: 27th August 2016 at 10:15am
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A decent start to the season has seen the pre-season expectation levels kept high.

This afternoon Manchester United are on Humberside to take on Hull City in the late Saturday afternoon kick-off.

It is a fixture that Jose Mourinho will be looking to take three points from but Mike Phelan will have other ideas.

The former United coach has defied the odds to give beleaguered Hull a god start to the season and will be hoping that may continue.

But what do the form and history books tell us about the fixture?

Here are a few facts to peruse over:

1 – Manchester United are on a good run of form against Hull, the last 11 fixtures between the two sides, in all competitions, have seen United win 10 and draw 1.

2 – The solitary draw mentioned above came the last time the two sides met on the final day of the 2014 / 2015 season, the day ended in disappointment for Hull with the club being relegated.

3 – The last two visits to Hull have seen a United player receive a red card, the two villains of the perceived peace being Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini.

4 – The last time Hull beat Manchester United was back on 23 November 1974. The game was in the old Division Two and goals from Malcolm Lord and Ken Wagstaff saw Hull win 2-0 at Boothferry Park.

5 – A Hull City win this afternoon would see Mike Phelan`s side become only the second newly promoted team start the new season with three consecutive wins, the last being Bolton Wanderers back in the 2001 / 2002 season.

6 – The two wins in the two opening games of the new season should give Hull fans hope, only one side has been relegated after winning their opening two games, Wolves back in 2011 / 2012.

7 – Continuing on the above theme, no side has ever won their first three games of a new Premier League season and been relegated.

8 – Manchester United have won their opening three matches of a new Premier League season on four occasions but only on one of those occasions, in 2006 / 2007, have United gone on to win the title.

9 – Two goals this afternoon, against Hull City, will see Manchester United become the first team in Premier League history to score 800 away goals.

10 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has cored 3 times in the opening two games of the season, if Zlatan scores a hat-trick today he`ll overhaul the current record of five goals in the first three games, currently held by the former Fulham player Pavel Pogrebnyak.