Hull City manager Marco Silva has confirmed Robert Snodgrass will not be part of Hull City’s match-day squad to face Manchester United on Thursday.
Snodgrass has been the centre of a transfer saga this January having made it clear he wants to leave Hull but derisory bids from West Ham mean he hasn’t completed a move away at this stage.
Given that he has been Hull’s best player by some margin this season, it gives Man United another advantage going into the EFL Cup semi-final on Thursday having already gained a 2-0 advantage from the first leg.
Silva says Robert Snodgrass won't be in the squad for tomorrow's game v MUFC. Silva asked if he hopes Snodgrass will stay. "Of course."
— Paul Hirst (@hirstclass) January 25, 2017
The ball is firmly in United’s court as far as securing a Wembley date in February is concerned. With a 2-0 lead, Jose Mourinho knows anything but securing a place in the final won’t do and I have every confidence United will go ahead and put in the professional performance we need to reach the League Cup final.
United don’t need to chase the game against Hull nor play in fifth gear. What we need to do is control possession and the tempo of the match; if we can do that and make sure Hull can’t sneak an early goal to build momentum then we shouldn’t have a problem on Thursday, especially now that Snodgrass has been ruled out.