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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Bruce to keep calm on Hull plight in 700th game

Hull boss Steve Bruce will mark his 700th match in football management with a timely trip to Old Trafford today and says experience has taught him not to panic about the Tigers' recent plight.

There could be no more fitting arena for former Manchester United star Bruce - who was first appointed player-boss at Sheffield United in 1998 - to mark his managerial milestone, but his mind will be more on arresting his side's run of three consecutive defeats.

After a bright start and impressive transfer outlay it has come as a blow to Bruce but despite being linked with a series of reinforcements in the new year he is adamant he has a strong enough squad to pull out of their recent poor form.

Bruce said: "I genuinely haven't looked at January yet - I'm happy with the squad we've got. We made big changes in the summer and some of those players are just starting to bed in and I'm sure we will get better as the season goes on."

"It's all about doing all you can to keep the squad as good as it can be. Of course when you get beaten a few times the doubts creep in but you've got to keep everybody positive and make sure they believe in what you're doing. There's not a lot wrong and we've just got to stay with it. We've got a really difficult run of games and now we're coming to a really critical part of the season."

CLASH

Bruce has received a major blow with the news striker Abel Hernandez will miss the United clash and probably also Wednesday's trip to Everton due to flying home to Uruguay to be with his partner for the imminent birth of their child.

Gaston Ramirez is suspended after his sending-off against Spurs but otherwise Bruce at least has the relief of knowing he has no new injury worries to contend with.

Bruce is yet to earn three points at Old Trafford in his managerial career and if he is starting to fancy his chances in light of United's current travails, he would not reveal his hopes ahead of his return.

"They've just had a great result at Arsenal and they're very quietly creeping up - they've had unbelievable injuries which they seem to have dealt with," said Bruce.

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