Hull should be proud of this result given a laundry list of injury and illness in the team, with Tom Huddlestone up for particular praise in defeat.
"We didn't concede, we scored twice; I think Marouane's goal was very important as well, so we are a little bit closer but it's not over yet."
Juan Mata was far too swift of thought and foot for Hull on Tuesday, as Manchester United took control of their EFL League Cup tie with a 2-0 victory.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has urged their fans to improve when the club face Liverpool in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The breakthrough took some time against dogged Hull, but in the end, Man United eased to a first-leg win in the EFL Cup semifinal, writes Mark Ogden.