An end for Vidic then, at home at least, but no indication if that's the end for Giggs's playing days. Judging by the last 20 minutes, including that lovely pass for United's third, he shouldn't be going anywhere. But timing is everything, and with the youth of James Wilson doing so well tonight, this does feel a little bit of a watershed moment, even before the next manager gets his feet under the desk.
Hull will brush themselves down and hope injury (Elmohamady) and suspension (Meyler) don't come back to bite them with the FA Cup on the horizon, while United can still nab sixth (and a Europa League spot) from Tottenham if they beat Southampton and Tottenham lose to Aston Villa on the final day. Not that they'll want that of course. The race for seventh is on!
Thanks for all your emails and tweets tonight. Bye!
"You fans, you have been fantastic to me all these years."
'He comes from Serbia, he'll f***ing murder ya', sing the fans.
"Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart."
As cute a Vidic moment as you could hope to expect.
Vidic on the mic! Don't cry please!
And that's it. No mention of him hanging up his boots. Love live Giggs!
He wavered there for a moment. Voice cracked, deep breath. The players start their walk round the pitch. That's it.
"You've seen a little glimpse of the future. Keep supporting us and the good times will comes back soon. We don't always win but we try and play attractive football. That's what this club is about."
"We've had a tough season and you've been spoilt with all the success of the coming years. I'm sure the same will be true in the coming years."
"I just want to say thank you. A special thanks to Nemanja, who is leaving us this year. He goes with all our best wishes." United chant his name. Vidic applauds. No tears, as yet.
Giggs is on the mic!
The players are to reappear for the customary lap of honour in a moment. Will Giggs say a few words?
Full-time: Manchester United 3-1 Hull City
Vidic signs off from Old Trafford with a win.
91 min: Free-kick to United, 30 yards out. Giggs is over it, and sends one toward the top corner. Jakupovic palms it behind, the spoilsport.
90 min: A stamp on Januzaj! Should be a red for Meyler who was letting the ball run out. Free-kick is awarded but as he's walking away, Meyler leaves his studs on Januzaj's knee. Shocking! Even if it wasn't seen by the ref! A disciplinary panel could keep Meyler out of the FA Cup final!
88 min: Nearly an own goal from Smalling. A ball is fizzed across goal and Smalling, on the slide, slices the ball straight into De Gea's hands. Close!
What a ball from Giggs. The camera was right down the barrell of that as he threaded the ball between Hull markers to find RVP in an inordinate amount of space inside the Hull penalty box. His first shot is blocked but he gets another stab and slots into the bottom corner with his right on the turn.
Goal! Manchester United 3-1 Hull City (Van Persie 86)
Set up by Giggs!
80 min: We've 10 minutes left but stay in your seats folks ... I wonder what this might be about ...
79 min: Elmohamady is still down after falling into the hoardings after that cross and Hull are light at the back. Januzaj, who needs no invitation for more space cuts in and squares to RVP who can only curl it wide with his weaker right.
Elmohamady is off for Livermore.
78 min: Close for Hull. Elmohamady gets to the byline and pulls it back across goal. Smalling heads out but only finds Boyd who plays a nice lay-off to Meyler. First-time strike but it's straight at De Gea. That was a powerful effort, surely a goal if it was a couple of either side of De Gea.
76 min: Vintage Giggs! He picks the pocket of Koren, plays it forward to Fellaini and then runs 50 yards to get it back from the Belgian. Giggs is now one-on-one with Bruce - the Welshmen shows the defender a bit of the ball and then ... he's gone. See you later! A near -post cross follows but is well defended by Davies. Rolling back the years there!
74 min: Boyd plays a one-two but is closed out by Smalling who closes him out. Smalling has, dare I say it, looked assured tonight.
72 min: Giggs has a few nice touches to get himself bedded in. 45 yards-out and the crowd jokingly will him to shoot. Instead the 40-year-old plays a nice one-two with Kagawa and faced with Curtis Davies cuts inside but has his shot blocked, maybe by an arm? Would have been harsh to give it but Giggs protests, he wants to take a penalty and continue that record of scoring in every Premier League season.
69 min: Giggs is on, Lawrence off. Old for new. The biggest cheer of the night.
68 min: Januzaj is ripping Figueroa to shreds here. How he hasn't started every game this season is beyond me. Again gets well forward and cuts it back to Fellaini on the edge who despite little pressure slices it high and wide. The pass was a touch heavy but still should have done better. Fellaini yet to score this season
66 min: Hull coming more into this now, encouraged by that goal. Valencia has to keep himself in check at right-back, Koren nearly played a ball inside him there.
64 min: Wilson is substituted off (!), RVP on. Strange decision from Giggs there, the boy is on his trick!
Meanwhile Giggs is warming up - white boots. A roar ripples round Old Trafford
A freak goal from 25 yards out, that's Hull's first shot on target. Fryatt picks the ball up, nutmegs Carrick and takes his shot very early, that must have caught De Gea off guard! It finds the bottom right corner, after dipping viciously. Looked like a keeping error but that was actually a lovely strike.
Goal! Manchester United 2-1 Hull City (Fryatt 62)
Out of nothing!
Januzaj skips down the right, taking what looked like a heavy touch before committing Bruce and reaches the area without any defending and cuts it back for Fellaini. He can't miss! He does miss, but Wilson is there to prod the rebound into an empty net. Dreamland!
Old Trafford sing: 'There's only one James Wilson, one James Wiiiiiilson.'
Goal! Manchester United 2-0 Hull City (Wilson 60)
Wilson again! He's on a hat-trick on his debut!
56 min: Oooo penalty? A couple of shouts there for United. Vidic, still up from the corner, heads the ball against Figueroa and claims handball, nothing doing. Quinn, comes across, slips and falls on the ball. That is definitely a penalty. But no!
54 min: Januzaj again, this time driving at Bruce and Figueroa. He has such deceptive pace, so languid in his style but he covers the ground so quickly. Meyler tackles well - out for a corner.
51 min: Nothing is happening. There's been as many camera shots of the dugout in the last two minutes than as the pitch. Trevor Francis is reminiscing about his days as QPR player-manager. Oh lordy lord.
Always infuriating as a fan when you watch your goalkeeper punch when it looks easier to catch it. Seems to be a unnecessary fashion.
48 min: It's all going through Januzaj at the momet, wandering all over the place at the moment. As Lawrence did in the first half, picks up a ball from deep and shoots from range but Jakupovic gets down well to push it behind. The Hull keeper also catches the ball well from the resulting corner.
46 min: Januzaj enjoying another storming start, he drives up the middle but is brought crashing down by Meyler, who earns a booking. Lawrence wants a piece of this, he lines it up but blasts it into the wall. Well blocked. Adebayor could learn a thing or two from that.
Peeeeep! And we're off again!
Whether you are revelling in United's demise this season or not, it's hard to be made up for James Wilson. He looks alright, this lad.
Half-time 90s football advert entertainment
Look at Denilson's face! GOD I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE WORLD CUP.
Half time: Manchester United 1-0 Hull City
Ryan Giggs shows a textbook turn of pace as he runs toward the tunnel for a team-talk
45 min: Hull have one final chance to lump it in the box with a free-kick but it's cleared by Smalling. They've offered next to nothing here, Hull.
44 min: Januzaj has fallen out of the game since his early stint and drifts to the left to pick the ball up. But United won't put the ball into the box, Fellaini will be annoyed at that. Carrick plays a square ball (shock!), Valencia with a flick (more shock!) and United lose the ball (triple shock!).
43 min: Buttner once again gives it away and Hull break in numbers. Easily their most dangerous situation of the half on the counter-attack, Koren feeding Long who bursts down United's left with their left-back stranded up field. But it's a poor low cross from Long, Vidic there to mop up any danger.
39 min: Wilson drifts wide right and earns a free-kick. He's very busy.
Meanwhile an injury update with Phil Jones. He has left Old Trafford for hospital apparently, his arm in a sling to support an injured shoulder. Bad news for Roy.
37 min: Fellaini is booked for a nasty foul on Quinn. That was late, studs in the ankle. Not his first of the game either. Elmohamady meanwhile is walking gingerly and Bruce looks concerned, with the Cup final in mind. I think he looks concerned anyway. I can't really tell with that face of his.
33 min: Buttner is enjoying all manner of room on this left but has given the ball away a few too many times, this time to Elmohamady. Even if United are Evra-less, not sure he's made of the right stuff.
29 min: Well we've got our goal, and hopefully Hull will show more intent. United haven't lose in the league when they've scored first this season, and with their record at Old Trafford, hopes probably aren't high. Wilson looks made up as he holds the ball up, the ball out for a throw but he's still smiling.
A free-kick is delivered to the back post and Fellaini, up against 5ft6in Stephen Quinn (who decided that was a good idea?!) is strong enough to knock it back into the six-yard box. Wilson steals a yard on Bruce and lashes the ball into the net with his left. Almost a carbon copy of his scuffed effort in the second minute!
Goal! Manchester United 1-0 Hull City (Wilson 31)
On his debut!
26 min: Januzaj is looking like the only player to make things happen. He drives inside, skips one challenge, two but a heavy touch means he is crowded up. He goes down but that's not a penalty.
Hull have never won in the league at Old Trafford, their only even win coming in the FA Cup in 1952.
24 min: United enjoying a lot of possession without really doing anything with it. Finally Kagawa tries a hopeful ball over the top. Tame. This could stay at 0-0 but if Hull concede and come out of their shells, this could yet be a decent game. WE NEED A GOAL.
22 min: Old Trafford erupts into warm applause rather than a huge laudation. Strange. Vidic does immediately get a touch on the ball though. Cheers ring out as he receives it.
21 min: A few harmless interchanges but four minutes have passed with United playing with 10 men. They don't want to kick it out! Finally Fellaini is felled and there's a stoppage. Here he comes!
17 min: Vidic – tracksuit off! He's coming on!
16 min: Oooo close! Lawrence makes a smart turn on the edge and let's fly with the deflection taking it just over. Very nice, tidy feet there. It's a corner, taken by Januzaj but cleared by Figueroa, who is clattered by Jones just after.
I think Trevor Francis, our commentator for the evening is having a go at Jones for attacking a corner. That was "ridiculous" apparently. What?
Turns out Jones has actually injured his shoulder in that challenge.
15 min: A move breaks down with Fellaini on the edge. He's coming deeper to pick the ball up from the midfield, a la Rooney. He'd be better off staying up the pitch methinks.
12 min: First little bit of possession for Hull. They're knocking it about at the back without too much bother. Fellaini chasing ... A long ball from the back results in a Shane Long chase, but it runs through to De Gea. Jones showed good pace there.
'Fair play to Giggs if that's the lineout, writes Vinnie Queenan. " Nothing to be gained by putting out his best team. It shows he might have done it last week too if not for United's responsibility in the relegation battle...'
8 min: Once more, interplay down the left results in yet more space for Kagawa, who scuffs another long-range effort wide. A little deflection means it goes out for a corner, but nothing comes of it.
6 min: Kagawa surges forward from the centre circle unchallenged and let's fly with his left but it's well over. I can see this being the kind of game where he excels though. Fellaini looks to be be playing as a second striker to Wilson - the position where he played so well for Everton last season.
Who would have taken the Man Utd penalty with no Rooney or RVP on the pitch?
3 min: Surely that should have been a penalty. Januzaj, who has started brightly, sprints past Figueroa to the byline and gets in front of the full-back and looks to have been bundled over. Cries go up inside the ground but nothing!
2 min: Almost a perfect start for Wilson! Janujaz, playing in front of Valencia on the right cuts back onto that lovely left foot and delivers a cross to Fellaini at the back post. The Belgian heads it across goal toward Wilson, who swings his left foot but misses the ball completely! That was an airshot, under heavy pressure from Bruce Jr!
Peep! And we're off!
Let's unpack that a little bit.
Giggs has put both himself and Vidic on the bench, presumably with the idea that both come on to raptuous applause/tears later in the game. Valencia playing right-back, Carrick is captain (LOL) and Tom Lawrence, who has spent most of this season on loan at Carlisle and Yeovil, will make his United debut alongside Marouane Fellaini. Rooney is rested/still hasn't recovered from injury with youth-teamer James Wilson stepping in, also a debutant.
Rio and Evra, both out-of-contract this summer aren't even in the squad! Not getting a send off?!
Very bold from Giggs. Jamie Jackson recently spoke tosome of United's youth team, including James Wilson, which you can read here.
Hull look full-strength, except for the trio of Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Nikica Jelavic who are all rested on the bench.
I'm sorry for not mentioning Hull tonight. Poor form really, but this couldn't be any more of a dead rubber for them. Despite not winning a game since their FA Cup semi-final victory nearly a month ago, Steve Bruce's players are safe from relegation with nothing to play for, except perhaps a starting berth in the FA Cup final next month.
Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand are also out-of-contract at the end of the season, but both have expressed a desire to stay. If they do play, their behaviour toward the crowd at the end of the game should be a telling sign as to where their future lies.
Much more certain is the departure of Anderson, who will not be mourned as much as the previous names mentioned. Despite not carrying any injuries or suspensions, the Brazilian has played all of two minutes of first team football since 16 March at Fiorentina, where he is on loan, and is currently warming the bench tonight, with his team 4-1 down to minnows Sassuolo.
Of course, this might not be the final match at Old Trafford for just Vidic – he is simply the only one to definitely be leaving Manchester United during the summer.
Most notably, Ryan Giggs' future is still up in the air, with this the penultimate game of his stint as the club's interim manager. Unlike the win over Norwich and the defeat to Sunderland, he is expected to don a pair of shinnies and shorts tonight on the United bench. Whether or not he elects/earns a new playing contract remains to be seen but these quotes appear to suggest he's hanging up his Reebok boots.
'Oh my god'
From Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography: “Vidic was a dour, uncompromising sod. He was a proud Serb. In 2009, he came to see me to say he might be getting called up. 'What do you mean, called up?’ I said, alarmed. ‘Kosovo. I am going,’ he said. ‘It’s my duty.’ He had the eyes for it.”
Nemanja Vidic will play his final match at Old Trafford for Manchester United tonight against Hull City and with a summer departure to Internazionale in the offing, it is all set to be be an emotional affair.
"You never know what is going to happen with your emotions," Vidic said in an interview published in tonight's matchday programme. "You can try to predict but I wasn't emotional before and I haven't cried yet! We will see what happens after the last game. It is going to be sad."
The possibility that Vidic actually has emotions is a terrifying prospect for all concerned. The man is a machine. The man has no regard for his head when trying to block a shot. The man has no regard for his head when faced with a steel rail. The man has no regard.
Vidic won five league titles and one European crown in his eight years at Manchester United and will be remembered as one of the Premier League's finest. Tonight's largely incosequential match against Hull isn't the glorious sendoff he would have wanted from the United home crowd but he should be remembered as a bloody great hard-man. Let's hope he doesn't cry and ruin it for all of us.