One to watch Coven­try striker man­aged by United old boy could be bad news for Hughes

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

Marc McNulty has eight goals in his last nine ap­pear­ances. Who?

Marc McNulty. He plays for Coven­try City and by tonight, if we’re all sud­denly fa­mil­iar with him, it is likely to be bad news for Mark Hughes.

Hughes takes his fal­ter­ing Stoke City to Coven­try in the Cup and while that is not the test it would have been – the Sky Blues are now in League Two – a striker in form is a striker in form.

McNulty, a 25-year-old Scot who be­gan at Liv­ingston, moved south to Sh­effield United in 2014, signed by Nigel Clough. There was a night­club in­ci­dent in McNulty’s na­tive Ed­in­burgh and soon he was on loan at Portsmouth, then Brad­ford City. He joined Coven­try last July on a free.

McNulty’s man­ager at Coven­try is Mark Robins, most fa­mous for the Manch­ester United FA Cup goal he scored at Not­ting­ham For­est in 1990. It was deemed to have kept Alex Fer­gu­son in his job and is there­fore known as one of the goals that changed his­tory. Robins’s header came from a sub­lime pass by Mark Hughes.

Marc McNulty (left)

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