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Steve Bruce has already begun the mind games for the FA Cup final by saying that all the pressure will be on Arsenal in order to win the match. Hull City reached the final of the FA Cup by beating Sheffield United 5-3 in the semifinals. They are now in an unlikely position of being able to win the competition, which is the oldest in the world. Only the challenge from Arsenal stands between them and the title, but it is a big one. Arsenal are one of the top clubs in England and they will be favourites for the trophy.
This is also the opinion of Bruce, who says that it will be up to Arsenal to overcome the resistance of Hull and also the pressure that will be put upon them. Arsene Wenger has to win this trophy in order to end the nine-year trophy wait for the club. The drought started after Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2005. Since that period, they have come close on a couple of occasions – most high profile being the 2006 Champions League final. May 17 will mark the FA Cup final day, but Bruce is already starting with the mind games.
Hull have been decent for this Premier league season and they will want to round it off with a trophy.
“I’m starting all the bulls*** now, aren’t I? How sad is that? Arsenal are a great club, with great history and tradition. They must have had 60,000 here yesterday. We’re up against it – but we’ll do our best. But if you had said ten years ago that Hull will play Arsenal in the FA Cup final, people would have been scratching their heads. It just shows you what can be done,” said Bruce, who has guided the team to 13th in the table.
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Even though Moyes suffered a 2-1 loss when he and his team locked horns with Cardiff City some weeks ago and also only managing to get 1 point against the last team of the Premier League, the Scottish coach remains optimistic about his future with Manchester United.
“You just continue doing the right things. Keep going and your luck will change, there’s no doubt about that.”
“Everyone keeps telling me about the stats and the opportunities we had. We had plenty of chances to win the game. Football does that sometimes and we’ve got to try and make sure it doesn’t happen too often.
“There have been a few twists this season; hopefully we’ll get them our way in the future. You just continue doing the right things. Keep going and your luck will change, there’s no doubt about that’’. Moyes stated.
With Vidic, Ferdinand and Patrice Evra all leaving the club at the end of the season in the summer, things will get even tougher for Moyes as he has to replace all of these veteran defenders and they will have to search on the transfer market for players that can somehow fill in the gap left by the departing players.
If Moyes can somehow switch things around with Manchester United in the Champions League then most of the criticism and pressure he has been receiving in this season will disappear but considering all of the top tier clubs which are fighting in the Champions League, his chances on even getting into the semifinals of the European competition are slim.
It seems hard to believe that Manchester United can cope with the high profile teams that are in the Champions League if they aren’t able to secure a triumph against the relegation zone club Fulham.
Coach of Hull City, Steve Bruce is optimistic that his defender Joe Dudgeon will make a full recovery and that despite the long spell of absence from playing in the pitch and with his squad, it will not affect him when he returns.
“He’s been given the go-ahead to go back out on the grass so we’re all hoping he can make a recovery. It’s been a horrible injury he’s had but we hope now that, after a period of rest, his knee can stand up to the rigors of what’s ahead of him’’.
“If anyone can do it, then Joe’s got to be the man. If every footballer was like Joe Dudgeon, I wouldn’t have a problem in the world. He’s a terrific lad and very tough mentally. Since he first had the operation and into this season, it’s never got him down’’.
‘’He comes in every morning and just sticks with it. I just hope he gets the break he needs now.” said manager Steve Bruce.
Dudgeon signed for Hull City back in 2011 and despite having a fairly successful time with his new club, things took a huge turn when he received news that he would be unable to play for 2 years as the rehabilitation takes a substantial amount of time and in order for the player to be fully healed, that was the estimated time made by the medical staff before Dudgeon could make his return to the playing fields.
An operation had to be made due to the injury being as serious as it involved holes being drilled into the affected bone of Joe Dudgeon. A cloud of doubt surrounds the player and the club with no one being actually certain if the player will be able to be at his best or if even the rehabilitation and healing process finishes at the expected time.
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