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31 January 2018

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Town’s second Premier League game in four days sees David Wagner’s men travel to Old Trafford to take on Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.

The Terriers recorded a 2-1 victory over United at the John Smith’s Stadium in October and are looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s home defeat to Liverpool.


The Red Devils currently sit second in the table, 12 points behind neighbours and league leaders Manchester City and eight points clear of Tottenham Hotspur in fifth. The Lancashire side are unbeaten in 2018 and progressed a further stage in the FA Cup securing a 4-0 victory over League Two outfit Yeovil Town.

The loss against Town is one of only three that United have suffered in the League this season. Suffering defeats to fellow title challengers Chelsea and Manchester City has seen Mourinho’s side not drop below third position across this Premier League campaign.

Manchester United may go into Saturday’s 3pm fixture with one eye on their Champions League tie in Seville. Saturday’s game also brings the home debut for Chilean Alexis Sanchez having made the move from Arsenal during the transfer window.

The Chilean made the move to Manchester from Arsenal in a swap deal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving the other way. The 29-year-old made his debut in the victory over Yeovil, assisting two of the four goals scored.


Jesse Lingard has been in fine form of late having first been selected into the First Team by Sir Alex Ferguson at the age of 19. Lingard has scored in the Community Shield, FA Cup and League Cup final in a season and a half of football.

Having finally broken into the first team under Louis Van Gaal, the forward has seven goals and four assists in all competitions this season.

All eyes will be on Alexis Sanchez when Stuart Atwell blows his whistle at 3pm. The former Arsenal and Barcelona man will be looking to continue where he left off, having been named man of the match in his debut against Yeovil Town. United’s new number seven scored 24 in 38 for the Gunners last season and had 7 in 19 before he made the switch to United.

Antonio Valencia has made over 200 appearances for United since joining from Wigan Athletic in 2009. The Ecuadorian has matured from a forward-thinking winger to a consistently dangerous right back, coupling his dynamic forward play with a composed defensive nous. The 32-year-old has won nine trophies in his time at Old Trafford and was one of four Manchester United players named in the PFA Team of the Year for the 2009/10 season.


Alexis Sanchez coming in and Mkhitaryan going to Arsenal was the only deal to be made in the January transfer window. United brought in four players in the summer; Zlatan Ibrahimovic re-joined the club on a free transfer a few months after being released. Swiss defender Victor Lindelöf joined the club from Benfica, with Nemanja Matić and Romelu Lukaku signed from Chelsea and Everton. All were for undisclosed fees.

The club said goodbye to their record goalscorer for both club and country Wayne Rooney as he re-joined boyhood club Everton on a free transfer. The 32 year old won 16 trophies with United and is the second top goal scorer in Premier League history, his 207 tally second only to Alan Shearer.

Products of the youth academy Adnan Januzaj, Josh Harrop and Guillermo Varela all departed the side on permanent deals to Real Sociedad, Preston North End and Penarol respectively.


GK: David De Gea

RB: Antonio Valencia
CB: Phil Jones
CB: Chris Smalling
LB: Ashley Young

CDM: Paul Pogba
CDM: Nemanja Matić

RW: Juan Mata
CAM: Jesse Lingard
LW: Anthony Martial

ST: Romelu Lukaku


Elias Kachunga remains Town’s only long-term injury absentee following the injury he suffered in the win over Watford in December. David Wagner will provide an update on the squad fitness and availability in the pre-match press conference.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains unavailable for selection due to persistent knee injuries. Defender Eric Bailly is out of the game as he recovers from ankle surgery. Mourinho will be able to call upon the experience of Club Captain Michael Carrick and Daley Blind following their respective injuries.


Town will be wearing their famous blue and white stripes for the game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.


Huddersfield Town have completely sold out their allocation for the Premier League game at Old Trafford.


Supporters who have not got a ticket for the game are still able to watch a live stream of the game at the John Smith’s Stadium. For details on how to get your tickets for this event please click HERE.


Safety & Security

Arrive at Old Trafford and get to the turnstile at least one hour before the start of the match (turnstiles open two hours before kick-off, and entry into the stadium will not be permitted after half time)

Do not bring a bag larger than 20cm x 15cm x 5cm (8” x 6” x 2”) to the match

All bags will be searched and items larger than the size criteria must be left at one of the 'Bag Drop' facilities, which are located near the ticket office (N1 car park) and in E2 car park.

Bringing a bag will further delay entry to the stadium (and will delay departure after the game if supporters have had to use a 'Bag Drop').

Manchester United advises supporters not to bring any bags or prohibited items to the stadium.

If it is necessary for supporters to bring a bag, we recommend they arrive at least 2 hours before kick-off.


Major roadworks have begun on key roads surrounding Old Trafford which will increase supporters journey time to and from the stadium.

If supporters are driving, roads will be busier than usual and the roadworks include some temporary changes in the direction of traffic therefore, supporters are advised to pay attention to local traffic diversion signs.

All supporters should allow extra time for the journey and aim to arrive at least one hour before kick-off to get through the turnstiles. Whilst the changes will not affect the Club’s official car parks, some car parking on public roads will no longer be available.

Metrolink trams are not affected by the road closures - the closest tram stops to the ground are: Old Trafford, Trafford Bar, Exchange Quay, Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. There are frequent tram services from Piccadilly, Victoria and Deansgate train stations and a designated walking route from the city centre.

We ask that this information is communicated to all supporters attending the game and if you have any questions regarding anything mentioned above, please let me know.


Coach travel will be available for £14 and will depart PPG Canalside at noon. You can buy tickets online by clicking here.


If you can’t make it to the game, why not listen to commentary of the match courtesy of BBC Radio Leeds via #HTTV? To find out more, click here.

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Match Reports


3 February 2018

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Town battled valiantly at Old Trafford, and after holding their hosts to a goalless stalemate at the break, goals from Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the second half saw Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United run out 2-0 victors.

Town had a few good chances of their own, but Belgian striker Lukaku and new signing Sanchez struck within 25 minutes of the second half restart to keep all three points across the Pennines.

Town’s starting eleven for a first visit to South Manchester since 1972 consisted of three changes; Club captain Tommy Smith took up his familiar role at right-back, with Collin Quaner and Rajiv van La Parra rounding off the changes ahead of Aaron Mooy and Chris Löwe as Town adopted a 4-5-1 shape. Florent Hadergjonaj pushed into central midfield alongside Philip Billing and Jonathan Hogg, providing extra athleticism to press United’s holding duo of Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.

Town started off suitably well, with the pressure on McTominay, Mata and Matic looking well structured. United would force an early chance with a corner, where Christopher Schindler cleared without hesitation from Chris Smalling’s knockdown.

Jesse Lingard followed up by firing straight at Jonas Lössl having broke through on goal despite a relatively fortunate deflection to open up the clear path.

Town were hunting impressively and denied the Reds hardly any space to work with. Instead, Florent Hadergjonaj took advantage of his tenacity by excelling up the right-flank before crossing to the arriving Rajiv van La Parra at the far post, where the latter would rise highest, but fail to make adequate contact to force the header goalwards.

Tommy Smith was on hand perfectly at the front post at the other end to once again hastily clear Luke Shaw’s low cross, albeit after excellent marshalling from Collin Quaner, who had retreated and covered well to halt Shaw’s progress to an effective intent.

With the ball themselves, Town looked accomplished; but still had to soak up expected pressure from Jose Mourinho’s side. Jonas Lössl displayed superb reflexes to keep out Alexis Sanchez on his home debut with a great diving save to the right.

Town’s defensive resistance had so far paid dividends. The combination of Jonathan Hogg and Terence Kongolo scampered back with urgency to block Antonio Valencia’s delivery after a neat one-two with Sanchez.

Lingard again found himself with space this time inside the Town penalty area after a mis-communication allowed the attacking midfielder in around the back, and despite rounding Jonas Lössl at the first attempt, the Dane sprang to his feet to smother the resulting chip towards the cavalry of Lukaku and the relatively busy Alexis Sanchez.

As the interval loomed, David Wagner’s men more than took the game to the hosts. Sanchez was robbed off possession on halfway, and as the impressive Hadergjonaj sprayed wide to Tommy Smith, the Captain continued to play an incisive pass through a gap towards Collin Quaner.

Collin aimed to Laurent Depoitre, and the Belgian rose like a salmon to head against Rojo and win a corner for the Terriers.

A succession of Blue and White attempts would come as a result of that corner, with all efficiently diverted away from danger. Nonetheless, United’s pacey threat on the counter reared it’s head as Lukaku and Mata sprinted from deep, but as usual throughout the first period, Town’s discipline when keeping the shape and returning to make necessary challenges was outstanding to retrieve possession before a potential goal-scoring opportunity could unfold.

One of the pivotal moments of the contest from a Terriers perspective was the importance of not conceding early into the second half. Tommy Smith led the way with exceptional heroism in a bid to block Jesse Lingard’s shot off a mazy surge into the box, with Terence Kongolo following suit by firmly denying Sanchez’s clean strike from the edge of the area.
United continued to probe, with Christopher Schindler churning out two vital blocks, firstly from Valencia’s wide-right near-post cross, then timely sliding away from Shaw’s delivery on the other flank.

The dominance would take its toll, however, and the Red Devils took the lead through Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku swept home at the near post from Juan Mata’s accurate delivery to the near post.

Nonetheless, Town weren’t fazed at the task to equalise. Hadergjonaj’s burst down the right resulted in Collin Quaner receiving a cut-back in an inviting amount of room mid-way inside the home side’s territory. United got back in numbers, which saw the tempo of the attack reduce in what occurred to have been a good chance to pour forward.

Just as Town sensed that a leveller may well have been on the cards, United’s lead doubled.
Alexis Sanchez was adjudged to have been clipped in the box by replacement Michael Hefele, to which referee Stuart Attwell awarded a spot-kick. The Chilean took responsibility, but would only grab his debut goal and United’s second at the second time of asking, tapping into an open goal after having his initial penalty attempt superbly kept out by Jonas Lössl.

Although the afternoon had gone relatively to plan in terms of keeping a structured organisation, Town had eventually succumbed to Red Devils’ pressure; but to a large extent, United hadn’t had proceedings all their own way, and were duly forced to creatively work openings.

The second seemed to spurn the Blue and Whites on in aid of mounting an unlikely comeback. Collin Quaner and Florent Hadergjonaj both had respective crosses turned away by recovering red shirts in conclusion to neat moves crafted from the defensive areas and into the midfield; a mentality that had been adopted throughout the encounter, but which hadn’t quite materialised as United had a lion share of good fortune in response to Town’s offensive ventures.

The effort and commitment to the cause in the remaining minutes was excellent, which certainly didn’t look out of place as the overall performance would have pleased the Head Coach to great proportions regardless of the result.

Aaron Mooy flighted the ball towards the tireless Laurent Depoitre as injury time beckoned, with the number 20 unable to force De Gea into a save under the stewardship of Smalling and Rojo.

Town will look to get back to winning ways in the FA Cup fourth round replay at Birmingham City on Tuesday (February 6, 7.45pm), before hosting AFC Bournemouth in-front of the BT Sport cameras next Sunday (February 11, noon).

TOWN (4-5-1): Jonas Lössl; Terence Kongolo, Christopher Schindler (Michael Hefele, 59’), Mathias Zanka, Tommy Smith (c); Rajiv van La Parra (Tom Ince, 69’), Philip Billing (Aaron Mooy, 33’), Jonathan Hogg, Florent Hadergjonaj, Collin Quaner; Laurent Depoitre

UNUSED SUBS: Joel Coleman, Scott Malone, Alex Pritchard, Steve Mounié

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): David De Gea; Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia (c); Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic; Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata (Marcus Rashford, 70’), Jesse Lingard (Paul Pogba, 63’); Romelu Lukaku (Anthony Martial, 77’)

UNUSED SUBS: Sergio Romero, Victor Lindelof, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young

REFEREE: Stuart Attwell


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