United loanee Di'Shon Bernard shines and helps Hull City win crucial derby

Manchester United loanee Di’Shon Bernard helped Hull City earn a crucial Yorkshire derby victory at Barnsley, which was their first away win since the opening day of the Championship season.

The defender missed Wednesday night’s 1-0 loss at West Brom after Hull boss Grant McCann decided to recall Alfie Jones, following his hamstring problem, but that decision backfired as Jones lasted just 16 minutes before limping off injured.

But McCann brought Bernard back into the side for the pivotal clash at Oakwell.

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The 21-year-old was given an 8/10 by HullLive and was praised for ‘keeping it simple’ and as the game wore on, he looked to ‘step out and created some good openings’.

After five straight league defeats that only brought one goal scored, the Tigers earnt a priceless win, which saw them leapfrog their rivals and climb up to 22nd place.

They remain three points off safety, heading into the two-week November international break.

Di’Shon Bernard shines for Hull

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The centre-back was on the bench for Hull’s last away win, which came in the 4-1 win against Preston North End on the first weekend of the new Championship season.

But in the 11 Championship games Di’Shon Bernard has started, it’s no coincidence that the Tigers have kept four clean sheets from those games.

In an all-conquering defensive display against Barnsley, the United youngster made three tackles, two interceptions and seven clearances (WhoScored).

No player from either side made more clearances than Di’Shon Bernard. Striding forward from the back, Bernard also completed one dribble and had 48 touches.

Bernard shared an Instagram story after the win, highlighting his delight in getting three points and paying tribute to Hull’s away fans.

After the international break, Di’Shon Bernard’s Hull side face Birmingham City, where he would have come up against his United academy team mate Tahith Chong, if it wasn’t for the Dutchman’s ‘freak’ injury, which has forced him to return to United early.

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