Hull looked doomed as they trailed 4-1. But they gave the champions a real scare by scoring twice to set up a frenzied finale. And that United boss Alex Ferguson feeling depressed. Fergie said: "I feel a bit low. We should have won by 10 or 11 and we ended up scrambling for a victory. "We might have been embarrassed at the end. "Cristiano Ronaldo could have had four or five on his own and I don't know how many chances Dimitar Berbatov created. "I suppose the only thing to take out of it, apart from the win, is the fact we are creating so many opportunities for ourselves." Ferguson blasted referee Mike Dean for failing to send off the already-booked Michael Turner for a second-half foul on Michael Carrick. He said: "It should have been at least a yellow card, in which case the player would have been sent off." It looked like being a long afternoon for Hull when Ronaldo struck after just three minutes. He exchanged passes with Dimitar Berbatov and ghosted into the area before finding the net off the inside of the left-hand post.
Wayne Rooney, searching for his 100th club goal, flashed a shot just over from the edge of the area as United continued to dominate. Hull got back into it on 23 minutes when Nemanja Vidic conceded a free-kick near the touchline. Andy Dawson whipped in the ball and Daniel Cousin got in front of Patrice Evra to nod home. But United were back in front six minutes later after a quick counter-attack. Vidic and Rooney combined to find Berbatov and the Bulgarian striker slipped in Michael Carrick. The England midfielder found plenty of space and he cracked home in off the same post that Ronaldo did for his first. Hull keeper Boaz Myhill kept out Ronaldo's stinging drive, Nani drove over before Rooney saw his goal disallowed. The England striker then headed over before Ronaldo nodded home Nani's corner to make it 3-1. Berbatov whistled one wide as United started the second half well and Ronaldo found the side-netting soon after. And Vidic made it four on 57 minutes as he steered home Rooney's corner.