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PREVIEW: MANCHESTER UNITED (H)

18 October 2017

Huddersfield Town will welcome an unbeaten Manchester United side to the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon for the next instalment of its Premier League campaign. This will be the first time the two sides will have met since March 1972 where The Red Devils secured a 3-0 victory over Town.

Town’s last Premier League game saw them defeated at the hands of Swansea City, as a Tammy Abraham brace condemned The Terriers to a two-goal defeat in Wales.

THE OPPONENT

Jose Mourinho’s side arrive in Yorkshire having only conceded two goals from their opening eight games this season. His side have only trailed for a total of two minutes in total all season, as Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting gave Stoke City the lead in the 43rd minute of their game before Marcus Rashford drew the sides level only two-minutes later.

The Red Devils began the season with three straight wins, the first two of which were consecutive 4-0 victories over West Ham United and Swansea City respectively. In their last outing, Manchester United played out a goalless draw with rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

Manchester United currently sit in second position - two points behind table topping rivals Manchester City – accumulating six wins from a possible eight with a plus-19 goal difference.

 


Last season, The Red Devils finished in sixth position collecting 69 points, winning the EFL Cup and securing themselves a place in the Champions League knockout stages along the way.

Jose Mourinho took over the reins from Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford in May 2016, with the Manager currently holding the highest win % in the club’s managerial history, winning 60.53% or 46 of his 76 games in charge of the Club, slightly higher than club legend Sir Alex Ferguson who won 59.67% or 895 of his 1500 games in the hot seat.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan has already contributed 2 goals and 6 assists from his 11 games in all competitions this season. The attacking midfielder joined United from Borussia Dortmund in July 2016 and made 24 apperances for the outfit last campaign.

Romelu Lukaku has been lethal in front of goal this season and leads the Premier League scoring charts having scored 7 goals in as many games. The Belgian international joined from Everton in the summer for a fee reported to be in the region of £75million.

Shot-stopper David De Gea has been in fine form for The Red Devils this season and has recently been nominated for the 2017 Ballon d’Or. The Spanish international joined The Red Devils from Atletico Madrid in July 2011 and racked up 35 Premier League apperances last season.

NEW SIGNINGS

Manchester United completed deals for four new players during the summer transfer window, of which included the signing of the £75million-man, Romelu Lukaku.

The Red Devils also completed the signings of Swedish defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica, Nemanja Matić from Chelsea and resigned forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic - whose contract had previously expired at the Club.

The Club bid farewell to the legendary Wayne Rooney who re-joined his boyhood club Everton for an undisclosed fee in the summer. Rooney signed for United in 2004 and went on to make 559 appearances for the club, finding the net 253 times along the way.

Josh Harrop (Preston), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad) and Guillermo Varela (Penarol) also departed The Red Devils on a permanent basis in the summer transfer window.

MANCHESTER UNITED’S LAST STARTING XI vs LIVERPOOL (4-2-3-1):

GK: David De Gea

DL: Matteo Darmian
DC: Phil Jones
DC: Chris Smalling
DR: Antonio Valencia

CM: Nemanja Matić
CM: Ander Herrera

LM: Anthony Martial
AM: Henrikh Mkhitaryan
RM: Ashley Young

FW: Romelu Lukaku

TEAM NEWS - TOWN

Danny Williams made a return to action at Swansea last Saturday having been ruled out prior to the international break with a foot injury.

David Wagner will give any further updates on the injuries to Collin Quaner (Calf), Steve Mounié (Heel), Michael Hefele (Achilles) and Kasey Palmer (Hamstring) at his press conference ahead of Saturday’s game.

Jon Gorenc Stanković (ACL) will remain unavailable on Saturday due to his respective injury.

TEAM NEWS – MANCHESTER UNITED

Jose Mourinho is expected to give an update on the availability of injured players Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Micheal Carrick and Marouane Fellaini at his press conference ahead of the game.

The Red Devils were in Champions League action against Benfica on Wednesday evening with all four missing out, although reports would suggest defender Eric Bailly and midfielder Paul Pogba aren’t too far away from a return to action.

Longer-term absentees Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are expected to remain side-lined for Saturday’s encounter.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for this game are sold out, but some tickets may become available on Terrier Exchange!

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FAN INFORMATION

Terrier Brass will be performing between 1.45pm and 2.45pm at the John Smith’s Stadium in front of the Revell Ward Lower Tier. 

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Match Reports

REPORT: TOWN 2-1 MANCHESTER UNITED

21 October 2017

Strikes from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre handed Town a memorable victory over Jose Mourinho's Manchester United for the first time since the 1951/52 season on a wet afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium.

The Red Devils' last visited Kirklees in 1972, and the fixture culminated in David Wagner making three changes from last Saturday's defeat to Swansea. Danny Williams, Aaron Mooy (playing in the number 10 role) and Chris Löwe all made welcome returns to the starting XI, with Town receiving an extra boost in the shape of Steve Mounie proving his fitness to earn a spot amongst the substitutes.

Aaron Mooy and Elias Kachunga made their 50th respective league starts for the Club this afternoon, whereas Chris Löwe created his own personal milestone by making his 50th league appearance in West Yorkshire.

Town ensured that the contest began with an aggressive mentality; Jonathan Hogg in particular hunting red shirts in possession to allow no creativity time. However, that offensive threat gave Town a minor scare as Nemanja Matic's accurate through pass aiming for the large presence of Romelu Lukaku up front saw the latter's tame shot well held by Jonas Lössl.

Tempers frayed as the intensity heightened; Christopher Schindler providing substantial evidence to the notion of a frantic start by receiving an early yellow card for a challenge on Jesse Lingard.

The re-instated Danny Williams displayed superb energy to evade multiple challenges in the centre of the park before laying the ball to a waiting Tom Ince on the left-flank, playing advantage having been fouled in the build-up. Tom's resulting cross aimed for Elias Kachunga at the far post, but Ashley Young managed the situation well to nod safely back to a grateful David De Gea between the sticks for United.

Arguably the best chance of the whole game to that point eluded Laurent Depoitre 15 minutes in. Aaron Mooy's inch-perfect free-kick from the right begged to be headed home, but Town's summer capture from Porto agonisingly couldn't make an adequate connection to put Town ahead.

Spaniard Ander Herrera volleyed wide for the visitor after Ashley Young had shown a skilful touch to beat his marker and take aim for a queue of red shirts in and around the Terriers' penalty area.
Town's defensive ranks had minimal time to rest nonetheless as Jesse Lingard's persistent drive through the heart of the midfield resulted in the rebounded cross from Young being hooked wide by Lukaku, who had somehow drifted in between two blue and white shirts in a menacing attacking position.

After repelling United's small patch of pressure, the terraces of the John Smith's Stadium would be sent into unrivalled ecstacy thanks to Aaron Mooy. The Australian dispossed Juan Mata in the centre circle before bearing down on goal. Tom Ince provided able support down the left and weaved his way into a shooting position but fired straight at De Gea; that rebound fell graciously to Mooy who pounced with the deadliest of consequences to hand Town the advantage.

And just as Town fans' heartbeats returned to normal, that dream lead was doubled just 5 minutes later. Laurent Depoitre juggernauted past two United defenders before rounding a stricken De Gea to slot into an empty net. Jose Mourinho's men now had a huge mountain to climb if they were to leave HD1 with any sort of reward.

Nemanja Matic spurned an effort wide of the target in an attempt to reduce the arrears, but the interval arrived with Town firmly in command.

Impressive displays all around in the first half with exceptional energy and panache carried on into the opening exchanges of the second period. Goal-scorer of Town's second, Laurent Depoitre, continued to harry and hustle the visiting back-line by doggedly chasing down a clearance down the right-hand side to win an offensive throw-in.

On the defensive front, Jonas Lössl had to be alert in order to clear Mkhitaryan's dangerously in-swinging corner, but United still couldn't find the right combination to unlock a highly resilient Town door.

Jose Mourinho's half-time roll of the dice included an injection of pace with the addition of the lively Marcus Rashford. Luckily for Town, the England International blasted his initial attempt into the rocking Cowshed behind.

At the other end, one of Town's own replacements, Rajiv van La Parra, was unlucky to see his powerful, placed effort cannon back off a heroic red shirt which resulted in United scrambling the ball away to safety.

The game had really opened up and Town would have the linesman's flag on the Revell Ward stand side of the pitch to thank for keeping the lead at two, denying Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan the chance to roll an effort into the far corner.

Depoitre could've doubled his tally for the afternoon's proceedings after receiving possession from Danny Williams grounded pass after keeping the ball in play ahead of Victor Lindelof, but Town's Belgian striker couldn't manage to adjust his feet quick enough to possibly cause David De Gea any sort of trouble.

Laurent Depoitre deservedly left the field to a standing ovation and was replaced by the returning Steve Mounie- making his first Huddersfield Town appearance since picking up an injury in the trip to West Ham last month.

Jonas Lössl epitomised Town's defensive display in the 76th minute by reacting sharply to palm away Ander Herrera's glancing header as a result of Ashley Young's pinpoint cross.

However, Town Danish stopper couldn't manage to keep out Marcus Rashford's header at the far post from Romelu Lukaku's deep cross to create a nervy finish for all associated with Huddersfield Town.

Lukaku then looked to get on the scoresheet himself, but the talisman failed in his attempt to hit the target with a glancing header ahead of Chris Löwe.

Despite Town's deep block doing a sensational job to thwart all that United's persistence had to offer, Rajiv van La Parra was a mere inch away from having an open goal at his mercy after being sent on his way down the right flank towards the end. Only a recovering tackle from a red shirt halted that rapid progress which let the Red Devils off the hook.

Town's Dutch winger continued to ensure Town picked up three vital points, this time earning a corner after a positive surge into the area during the commencing of four nervy added on minutes.
The sell-out crowd were on their feet with nails firmly bitten right off as the Terriers masterfully negotiated a tough period of injury time. Although goals from Mooy and Depoitre turned out to be the pivotal moments of the match, Mathias Zanka has a case for block of the season as the Dane courageously made up a substantial amount of ground to block Chris Smalling's effort at the death from heading into the back of the net.

Zanka's block rounded off a highly charged period of events, leading to an almighty roar from the magnificent Town faithful which undoubtedly summed up the electric feeling of elation as Town notched another Premier League win to it's name with three vital points to boot.

TOWN'S STARTING LINE-UP (4-2-3-1):
Jonas Lössl; Chris Löwe, Christopher Schindler, Mathias Zanka, Tommy Smith (c); Danny Williams, Jonathan Hogg; Tom Ince (Scott Malone, 90'), Aaron Mooy, Elias Kachunga (Rajiv van La Parra, 39'); Laurent Depoitre (Steve Mounie, 69')

UNUSED SUBS:
Joel Coleman, Martin Cranie, Florent Hadergjonaj, Abdelhamid Sabiri

Attendance:
24,169 (2,400 visiting supporters)

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