“There’s been a lot of change and upheaval at Hull,” said Heckingbottom, whose friend Grant McCann was sacked following Acun Ilicali’s recent takeover. “They’ve had a few dodgy results after responding well but the performances are still there. They commit bodies forward all the time, they like to get men up the pitch, and that’s something we’ve seen in all of their displays.”
Unbeaten in six, United returned home from Saturday’s draw at Huddersfield Town eighth in the table. City, who could include former United players Regan Slater and Tyler Smith in their squad, prepared for the contest in 19th following defeats to Fulham, Preston North End and Derby County.