Teenager James Wilson scored twice on his Manchester United debut to end the hosts’ miserable Old Trafford campaign in winning style against Hull in the Premier League.
But it was a night tinged with emotion as departing captain Nemanja Vidic made his farewell appearance as a first-half substitute, while 40-year-old Ryan Giggs enjoyed a late cameo with uncertainty surrounding his future as interim United manager.
Matty Fryatt pulled one back for the visitors, by which time United centre-back Phil Jones was already having X-rays on a shoulder injury suffered in a first-half collision with Maynor Figueroa, only for Robin van Persie to have the final word.
Giggs underlined his knowledge of United’s history by giving two untested youngsters a taste of first-team action.
It was a tradition under Sir Alex Ferguson that if there was little to play for in the final home game of the season he would blood some kids.
Giggs followed the example, handing 20-year-old Welshman Tom Lawrence a chance in addition to Wilson, the Biddulph-born forward who has earned rave reviews for the reserve team this season.
And it was the teenager who provided the clear highlight of the opening period.
Finding space inside the box as Adnan Januzaj sent over a free-kick from the left, Wilson swivelled neatly before sending the ball past Eldin Jakupovic with an excellent first-time finish.
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