Manchester United ended their season with a disappointing 0-0 draw against Steve Bruce’s Hull City as Marouane Fellaini saw red.
There was nothing to play for for United, whilst Bruce’s side needed to win to stand any chance of Premier League survival.
With David de Gea not travelling with the side having picked up an injury in the draw against Arsenal, Victor Valdes came into the side for his first start in United colours.
And it was Valdes who was by far the busier goalkeeper as the home side made an energetic start, forcing the United man into an early save from N’Doye’s header.
At the other end Rooney skimmed the top of the bar with a 20 yard effort, but that was the highlight in a performance from the Red Devils that lacked any sort of cohesion or quality.
Hull had nothing to lose and we’re putting plenty of pressure on United’s back line.
The home side thought they had taken the lead after 18 minutes as McShane poked the ball into an empty net following Valdes’s spill, only to see the flag raised for offside.
If Valdes had got lucky there, he showed his class moments later as he somehow got his left hand to an Elmohamady header to turn it around the post.
United just couldn’t clear their lines and Quinn fired the ball beyond the United keeper into the back of the net, only for the flag to be raised again with two players standing in an offside position interfering with play.
Angel Di Maria limped off inside 22 minutes for van Gaal’s side to be replaced by Januzaj as United’s record signing finished his season in even more disappointment.
The Red Devils looked like they were already thinking about their holidays, hardly creating anything in the first half as Hull closed United’s midfield down quickly.
But Steve Bruce and his Hull side had their hearts in their mouths just before the break as Herrera almost got on the end of a ball into the box, which set the home fans nerves jangling.
United started the second half better, Mata finding Herrera with a reverse pass, but the Spaniard delayed his shot a fraction too long to allow Dawson to block.
It could have proved a costly miss as Hull went on the attack, but Meyler could only fire off target after good link up play by the home side.
Herrera was looking the most likely for United as he once again linked with Mata before dragging his shot just wide of Harper’s far post.
Valdes came for a punch and missed, Blind clearing off the line as Hull once again rued their luck in front of goal with their Premier League survival hanging by a thread.
Brady produced another dangerous ball in only to see McShane fail to make any contact, whilst N’Doye’s looping effort fell just wide of the far post.
Jelavic tested Valdes’s reflexes again as the United keeper made another excellent stop with 17 minutes remaining, but Hull were lucky the referee failed to see Abel Hernandez punch Phil Jones in the stomach inside the area, which would surely have seen the Hull man shown red.
The red card was produced moments later as Fellaini left his foot in on McShane, the United substitute rightly given his marching orders for a terrible challenge.
Hull should have taken the lead moments after the long stoppage for treatment on McShane as Elmohamady sent in a dangerous cross which Valdes could only parry out to Hernandez, who failed to connect properly with the chance.
Rooney saw a late free kick tipped over the bar in a rare foray forward for United as they limped to the end of the season.
Whilst Hull faced the reality of relegation to the Championship, Louis van Gaal will have the summer to reflect on meeting United’s minimum requirement of a top four finish and a return to European football, but will be well aware that there is still plenty of work to be done if he wants to bring silverware back to Old Trafford next season.
Written by Andrew