Chester relishing United clash

Hull City manager Steve Bruce Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hull City defender James Chester is looking forward to proving his Premier League credentials to Manchester United on Boxing Day, as well as pitting himself against a couple of childhood friends.

Chester was on the books at Old Trafford as a youth but the closest he ever got to the first team was a second-half substitute appearance in a League Cup semi-final against Derby.

Loan spells at Peterborough, Plymouth and Carlisle gave him a taste for competitive football and in January 2011 he signed for the Tigers.

The 24-year-old was an instant success in East Yorkshire and was a major reason for the club's unexpected promotion to the top flight last season.

He has retained his place in the first-choice XI despite early-season injury problems and will get the chance to come up against his former employers when they visit the KC Stadium on December 26.

It is a big fixture for Chester on both a personal and professional level.

Hull manager Steve Bruce is another with ties to United, though he fared slightly better at the club and was captain during one of their most successful periods under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Despite that, he has never beaten his old team as a manager.

Whether or not that changes this week, he is relishing the day.