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Hull name unchanged side for Man Utd clash

Victor Valdes made his full Manchester United debut as Louis van Gaal's side looked to send Hull down with victory at the KC Stadium.

David de Gea failed to overcome his hamstring injury and was left out of the squad, which meant Valdes made his first start since suffering a serious knee injury for Barcelona 14 months ago.

Angel di Maria replaced Marouane Fellaini in midfield and captain Wayne Rooney came in for Radamel Falcao, who did not make the bench.

Hull, who must win to stand any chance of avoiding relegation, named the same starting XI that lost to Tottenham last weekend.

Bruce plans unchanged side for season finalé

Hull boss Steve Bruce hopes to name an unchanged side for the Tigers' unlikely Barclays Premier League survival mission against Manchester United on Sunday.

Jelavic looks set to start up front Credit: Press Association

Nikica Jelavic is expected to lead the forward line once again as Bruce seeks the win his side require to give themselves any hope of staying up.

Jake Livermore remains suspended by the club following a positive drugs test while Mohamed Diame (knee) and Gaston Ramirez (hamstring) are both still out.

Provisional squad: Harper, McGregor, Dawson, McShane, Bruce, Chester, Rosenior, Brady, Robertson, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Quinn, Meyler, Hernandez, Aluko, N'Doye, Jelavic.

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Cup final to possible relegation: Chris Dawkes looks back on a troubled year for Hull City

This time last year Hull City's fans had just seen their team compete in their first ever FA Cup final and were looking forward to their first ever European campaign.

Fast forward 12 months and the landscape has changed quite dramatically. The club is up for sale, the owners are at loggerheads with fans and local sports groups and this weekend The Tigers could be relegated from the Premier League.

Chris Dawkes looks back on quite a year for Hull City.

Hull City suspend midfielder amid reports of failed drug test

Hull City have suspended midfielder, Jake Livermore, following a Football Association investigation, amid reports he tested positive for cocaine.

Jake Livermore has been suspended by Hull City following an FA investigation Credit: Press Association

It is thought the England international failed a random doping test after the club's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at the end of April.

The midfielder, who signed for the club from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer in an £8 million deal, made 39 appearances in all competitions this season for the Tigers, in a campaign threatening to end in relegation.

The club released the following statement:

Following suspension by the FA the Club has subsequently suspended Jake Livermore pending further investigations to be made by the FA and our own internal disciplinary procedures.

The Club is unable to make any further comment during this process.

– Hull City

The Football Association released a statement on Friday evening announcing a player, who it did not name, had failed a drugs test.

The statement read: "In line with its anti-doping regulations the FA can confirm it has issued a provisional suspension to a participant following a positive test for a prohibited substance. The FA will make no further comment until it has completed its investigations into this matter."

ITV News could not reach Livermore or his agent for a response.

Pearson reaffirms commitment to Hull

Hull FC owner Adam Pearson has moved quickly to reaffirm his commitment to the Super League club in the wake of his appointment as executive director at Leeds United.

Credit: Press Association

Pearson has returned to Elland Road, where he was previously involved through his various roles in football, which also included a brief recent spell at Sheffield Wednesday.

However, Pearson, who bought Hull in 2011, wants to put supporters' minds at rest by insisting he remains 'totally committed' to the black and whites.

"I have continued to be involved with opportunities elsewhere in sport and business but that changes nothing in terms of my responsibilities and ownership at Hull FC," he said on the club's website hullfc.com.

"Joining the board at Leeds United is an exciting prospect and one I'm looking forward to after a number roles in football in the past.

"However, I remain totally committed to Hull FC, having made a big commitment and contribution to the club, both emotionally and financially, and look forward to seeing the club continue to grow.

"I remain financially committed to the club for the long term and believe wholeheartedly that the management team I have in place will drive the club forwards, both within performance and administration."

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