By Alexander Ford

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are able to call upon a full strength squad ahead of their Premier League tie against Hull City on Wednesday night at Old Trafford.

Eric Bailly is set to return to the side for the first time in 2017 after having a torrid time at the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast – the holders were dumped out of the competition during the group stage in surprising fashion.

The centre-back had picked up a knock on his ankle during a reserves game on Monday night against Everton, however he has been confirmed to be fit and available for selection.

“We always play a full-strength team,” Mourinho told the club’s official website.

He went on to further add players should be expected to return to the side, after missing out their FA Cup tie against Wigan Athletic.

“Of course, we had players who didn’t play the last match, people like Valencia, Ibra, Pogba. Some of these players with a lot of matches didn’t play but will play tomorrow,” he said.

This is the second time United will play Hull in six days, progressing into the EFL Cup final with a defeat, however Mourinho has made it clear only one result will be acceptable come Wednesday evening.

“Tomorrow, only three points is a good result for us. If we don’t win, it’s really bad because we need to win matches – that’s the big difference. We need to win the match,” the Portuguese said that.

In the reverse fixture at the KCOM Stadium, United won the game with thanks to a 92nd minute winner by Marcus Rashford on a wet Saturday evening in August.

The tie will be equally difficult as before, with the Tigers fighting to attain points to try and beat the drop come the end of May.


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