Hull City v Manchester United

Manchester United take a commanding 2-0 lead into their EFL Cup semi-final second leg at the KCOM Stadium on Thursday night.

Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini were the second-half goalscorers at Old Trafford two weeks ago where it took 56 minutes to break down a resolute Tigers side.

The appointment of Marco Silva has gone some way to reinvigorating the club, and despite losing to the Red Devils, there was a definite improvement in their performance.

The Portuguese boss had only been in the job a few weeks but has already overseen victories over Swansea and Bournemouth, while losing to Chelsea, and United in this competition.

His belief and charisma has gone some way to installing some much-needed confidence in his side, with midfielder Tom Huddlestone eyeing a place in EFL history when they face Jose Mourinho's charges – by reaching the final.

He told the club's official website: "We have made history quite a few times at Hull in recent years. Hopefully, we can do it again on Thursday evening.

"It will be difficult, but if we can get ahead and go into the last 10-15 minutes with a lead then all the pressure will be on them.

"They could get a bit nervy because they are the team expected to coast through to the final.

"Everyone has written us off, so the pressure is very much on them as well as ourselves.

"One goal can change a cup tie. Two-nil isn’t a secure lead even in a 90-minute match."

United keeper David De Gea clearly has other ideas, and has challenged his side to secure their place in the final to give him the chance of landing the League Cup trophy, the only piece of silverware that has alluded him at Man Utd.

He told the club's website: "It’s a special game as, if you win, you’re at Wembley and in another final.

"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."

He added: "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."

In team news Robert Snodgrass is expected to return for Hull after missing the Chelsea game with a knee injury.

Curtis Davies, who was withdrawn against the Blues with a tight hamstring, will not play, while Ryan Mason's season is over after he suffered a clash of heads with Gary Cahill.

For United, Marcos Rojo returned to training this week after a short illness, while Eric Bailly may be available after returning from Africa Cup of Nations duty.

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