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14 February 2018

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Huddersfield Town welcomes José Mourinho’s Manchester United to the John Smith’s Stadium this Saturday in the Fifth Round of the Emirates FA Cup, with kick-off scheduled for 5.30pm.

After a hard-fought 1-1 draw at home to Birmingham City in the Fourth Round of the competition, Town came through victorious in the replay at St. Andrew’s, running out 4-1 winners in extra-time.

This will be the second time that Town has played host to United this season – the first being the 2-1 Premier League victory back in October. Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre were the scorers for Town that day.


To get to this stage of the Emirates FA Cup, the Red Devils faced Sky Bet Championship side Derby County and League 2 outfit Yeovil Town. José Mourinho’s side has scored six and conceded none in the cup campaign so far, with Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard each netting two in two games.

Up to this point, Manchester United has the best defence in the Premier League. The Lancashire side has conceded just 19 in 27 games, one fewer than league leaders and rivals Manchester City. Spanish shot stopper David de Gea has made the second most saves in the Premier League behind Swansea’s Łukasz Fabiański and is leading the way for the golden glove with 15 clean sheets.

José Mourinho’s side has competed in a number of cup competitions already this season. The Red Devils were beaten by Bristol City in the Quarter-Finals of the Carabao Cup and were also defeated by Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup. However, Man Utd topped its Champions League group, after losing just once and conceding three in six games.


United’s leading forward Romelu Lukaku is just one goal shy of the 20 mark this season. The Belgium international completed his big money move from Everton in the summer for £75 million and has appeared in both of United’s previous Emirates FA Cup fixtures this season.

Jesse Lingard (above) is another player who has been in fine form for United this season. The England star has so far scored 12 goals in all competitions for The Red Devils including a goal in each of the Third and Fourth round fixtures.

Powerful midfielder Paul Pogba has appeared 17 times for Manchester United in the top-flight this season and once in the Emirates FA Cup. He has 10 assists in all competitions to his name and has also added three goals.


Chilean international Alexis Sánchez was the only new signing for Mourinho’s side in the January transfer window. United completed a straight swap deal with Arsenal and acquired Sánchez in exchange for midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Sánchez (above) made his Manchester United debut in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match against Yeovil Town and scored on his home debut for the Red Devils in the 2-0 victory over Town earlier this month.


GK: David De Gea

DL: Ashley Young
DC: Phil Jones
DC: Chris Smalling
DR: Antonio Valencia

CM: Nemanja Matić
CM: Paul Pogba

AML: Alexis Sánchez
AMC: Jesse Lingard
AMR: Anthony Martial

FC: Romelu Lukaku


Tommy Smith could return for Huddersfield Town this weekend after recovering from the head injury that kept him out of the Club’s 4-1 win over AFC Bournemouth.

Elias Kachunga is Town’s only other long-term injury after he suffered a knee injury back in December.

David Wagner will discuss the fitness of both Chris Löwe (knock) and Laurent Depoitre (ankle) at Friday’s Pre-Match Press Conference as we as give a full injury news update.


Both Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford are nursing muscle injuries and missed the Club’s defeat to Newcastle United.

Zlatan Ibrahimović has not played since Boxing Day with a knee injury, whilst Marouane Fellaini is expected to be out for up to six weeks following knee surgery.

Eric Bailly is also a doubt after suffering an ankle injury in December.


Town will wear its famous blue and white stripes for the game against Manchester United on Saturday


Season Card Holders have until 5pm on Wednesday 14 February 2018 to claim their seats.

All remaining tickets will go on general sale to supporters with a previous booking history from noon on Thursday 15 February.

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Do you remember the last time José Mourinho’s side came to the John Smith’s Stadium?

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17 February 2018

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Manchester United confirmed their progression to the Quarter Finals of the Emirates FA Cup courtesy of a clinical brace from Romelu Lukaku.

Town were always up against it as Lukaku struck his first just 3 minutes in, but despite rallying to give the away side a real test of character, the Belgian sent United through by tucking away his second on the counter to kill off the Terriers' tremendously spirited challenge.

The tie would also break new ground in HD1 with the use of VAR technology to overule what would have been a visiting second earlier than when it eventually came to the fore.

Christopher Schindler skippered a strong Town side tasked with inflicting a second defeat of the season in West Yorkshire for Jose Mourinho's travelling Red Devils. Philip Billing and the returning Danny Williams anchored the central midfield, with Steve Mounie retaining his place leading the line following his brace against Bournemouth last time out. Collin Quaner, Tom Ince and Rajiv van La Parra were all named in the starting team, hunting to replicate the impressive display seen in the previous round's tie at Birmingham.

The visitors made a number of changes, but their eleven still contained frequent starters Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Chris Smalling and Nemanja Matic ahead of their mid-week UEFA Champions League fixture with Sevilla.

Buoyed from that emphatic league success over Bournemouth, Town started with evident confidence and determination to hit the ground running.

Multiple fair but firm challenges cut out any potential United breaks towards the wing partnership of Mata and Sanchez, one of which leading to a break down the right for Collin Quaner. Coll dragged his resulting effort wide of the far-post after showing good pace to work his way past Lindelöf.

That early positivity was dealt a cruel blow, as Romelu Lukaku put the away side ahead.

Lukaku latched onto a long ball from the back, and slotted home into the bottom corner after sharply turning away from Christopher Schindler deep inside the penalty area.

A first chance, a first goal for United. But back came Town, as Tom Ince was the next man in Blue to witness his cushioned effort roll inches the wrong side of the post following Terence Kongolo's superb through ball.

The atmosphere was electric on a chilly Saturday evening. Florent Hadergjonaj signalled his offensive intentions down the same flank as Quaner by delivering accurately towards the rejuvenated Steve Mounié. The Benin striker has seen his work rate vitally rewarded over the last fortnight, but wouldn't be amongst the goals early on in this one as he couldn't quite connect with Hadergjonaj's centre under pressure from Chris Smalling.

Blue and White pressure proceeded United's opener, and Town were certainly playing with the freedom that the Head Coach expected in Friday's press conference; including a high level of composure both in and out of possession.

Tom Ince may have thought he'd over done his pass to the by-line bound for Quaner; the latter recovered excellently to force Romero into a tip over his bar at the last second from a cheeky cross aiming to catch the Argentinian out.

The Red Devils would always pose a threat in the face of adversity. It took a brave Christopher Schindler block to deny Chris Smalling from firing home a deflected rebound, instigated from Sanchez's near-post flighted corner.

A tidy spell in possession concluded in Romero having to be on his toes to collect Rajiv van La Parra's stooping header after Danny Williams had done superbly to breeze past Luke Shaw and cross invitingly.

'Inviting' would've been a particularly useful phrase for the next of Town's numerous chances which ultmately went begging. Hadergjonaj again delivered superbly across the face, with the arriving cavalry including Tom Ince, who couldn't guide the ball goalwards on the slide despite losing the attentions of several United defenders around the penalty spot.

David Wagner would have been suitably happy with the way his side had taken a large grip of this Cup encounter. Danny Williams set about marking his return with a goal in spectacular style from range, Sergio Romero was more than equal on this occasion to keep his own team's slender advantage in-tact for the time being at least.

On the defensive end, Terence Kongolo certainly kept the lead from extending with a perfectly timed intervention on Lukaku before the Belgian forward could find two searing Red shirts unmarked over on United's right to cap a quick breakaway.

Just like the second half at Birmingham, the tie was captivating, and had no shortage of action. Philip Billing let fly with a left-footed shot from easily over 35-yards, and as it looked to have been screaming towards the top corner, Romero showed good hands to pluck from the air.

As the half drew to a close, United thought they had a second against the run of play; until the historic application of VAR ruled otherwise, meaning that Juan Mata's strike having rounded Jonas Lössl was to be disallowed for offside. The biggest of let-offs for the Terriers to ensure that a comeback was still very much a possibility come the other side of the interval.

Indeed that theme of Town dominance continued. Hadergjonaj's display had been of a quality calibre, and the Swiss full-back beat markers to surge down the right just minutes after the restart. The resulting cut-back towards Quaner was cleared before the German could pounce to equalise.

The John Smith's Stadium faithful thought that elusive equaliser was on the cards as a deflected Tom Ince free-kick fell to Rajiv van La Parra. But the Dutchman mis-cued his volley, giving the away side the chance to clear their lines.

Town's pressing, harrying and pass distribution was nothing short of superb; the only thing lacking- a thoroughly deserved reward.

Not turning that pressure into goals would prove costly, as a lightning United break ended with Lukaku doubling his tally for the evening to make the score 2-0 as Town pushed forward.

Chances became scarce as United began to control the game, protecting the lead.

David Wagner spruced things up in an attempt to establish a platform to build that desired comeback with the introductions of Scott Malone and Tommy Smith.

However, it would be the figure of Philip Billing who danced his way into a shooting position, only to fire tamely at Romero.

United were content to sit deep, control possession and take their time working openings. Nonetheless, Abdelhamid Sabiri headed over from a corner just seconds after entering the field of play in the place of Rajiv van La Parra.

Steve Mounié acrobatically attempted to instil a glimmer of Terriers hope as injury time approached, but in the end a valiant effort fell short, bringing the curtain down on this year's Emirates FA Cup campaign.

Town return to Premier League action next Saturday with a trip to West Bromwich Albion (February 24, 3pm).

TOWN (4-2-3-1): Jonas Lössl; Terence Kongolo (Scott Malone, 70'), Christopher Schindler (c), Mathias Zanka, Florent Hadergjonaj (Tommy Smith, 70'); Danny Williams, Philip Billing; Rajiv van La Parra (Abdelhamid Sabiri, 84'), Tom Ince, Collin Quaner; Steve Mounié

UNUSED SUBS: Joel Coleman, Dean Whitehead, Jonathan Hogg, Laurent Depoitre

MANCHESTER UNITED: Sergio Romero; Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelöf, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young; Michael Carrick (c), Nemanja Matić, Scott McTominay; Alexis Sánchez (Anthony Martial, 75'), Romelu Lukaku (Eric Bailly, 90'), Juan Mata (Jesse Lingard, 80')

UNUSED SUBS: Joel Pereira, Matteo Darmian, Angel Gomes, Ethan Hamilton

REFEREE: Kevin Friend

ATTENDANCE: 17,861 (3,860 Manchester United)

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