Ryan Giggs made a cameo appearance off the bench and Nemanja Vidic said goodbye to Old Trafford, but it was Manchester United debutant James Wilson who stole the show as he scored twice to sink Hull.
Wilson, 18 (right), scored from close range either side of half-time, and Robin van Persie also found the net as United beat Hull 3-1 in the final home game of the season.
This year may have been the worst in recent memory, but at least United ended on a high thanks to impressive performances from Wilson, fellow debutant Tom Lawrence and 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj, who was superb throughout. But for all the energy shown by the three youngsters, it was Giggs who drew the biggest cheer of the night when he came off the bench with 20 minutes to go.
Giggs will not be manager here next year. He may not even play a game for the club again. Giggs, who is expected to be replaced by Louis van Gaal, wrote in his programme notes that he had not made up his mind about his future, but he added that it had been “an honour and privilege” to manage the club’s final three home games of the season.
The midfielder, who gave an emotional message of thanks to the fans after the final whistle, also said in his notes that he was in two minds as to whether he should continue playing under Van Gaal next.
Giggs, speaking in the middle of the Old Trafford pitch to the crowd, said: “I’d just like to say a big thank you from all the players and all the staff for your support this year.
“A special thanks to Nemanja [Vidic] who is leaving us this year. He goes with all our best wishes for success in the coming years.
“We know it’s been tough this season and over the years we’ve been spoilt with the success we’ve had but you’ve always supported the team and the staff and I’m sure in the coming years we’ll bring you more success.
“I’d just like to say keep supporting us, you’ve seen a little glimpse of the future, we always play attractive football - keep supporting us and the good times will be back.”
Vidic said: “I had so many great time here. It is hard to speak because of the emotions. Most important I would like to thank the players, the manager and all the coaches. Thank you for everything and especially to the fans, you have been fantastic.”