Hull City were unable to secure the result they required at home against Manchester United as they lost their place in the Premier League.
The Tigers could only manage a 0-0 draw against Louis van Gaal’s side, although even if they had secured an unlikely victory, they would have been relegated anyway due to Newcastle United’s 2-0 home triumph over West Ham United.
Six years after their remarkable great escape from the Premier League under current Southend United boss Phil Brown, Steve Bruce’s outfit to repeat the feat as they slumped out of the top flight.
Hull’s decline since reaching the FA Cup final last season has been marked, and their decline was recognised by a subdued atmosphere at the KC Stadium.
Despite this, Paul McShane had a great chance to take the lead only to be flagged for offside.
Bruce’s side had their chances, with Victor Valdes—a key contender to replace David De Gea should the Spaniard move to Real Madrid this summer—pulling off fine stops to block efforts from both Ahmed Elmohamady and Nikica Jelavic.
Even when United went down to ten men, following the dismissal of Marouane Fellaini for this stamp on McShane, Hull couldn’t even find the goal that would have at least given them a chance of remaining in the top flight.
The pressure and the inevitable pull of relegation got the better of Hull’s players late on, when Abel Hernandez punched United’s Phil Jones as the visitors defended a corner, but went unpunished by the referee.