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Confirmed Starting XI: Lukaku leads the line against Huddersfield; Jones and Smalling in defence

Manchester United travel to Huddersfield Town, their first competitive first team match at the John Smith’s Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. It has been more than 45 years since United and Huddersfield last met competitively, 46 years since they faced each other in Huddersfield, also the last ever match the United Trinity all scored in the same match. Jose Mourinho will be seeking a win against the Premier League new boys, keeping chase on Manchester City, who currently top the league, two points ahead of United.

David Warner’s side is seeking a victory too, which could be the first in a while have lost or drawn in their last six league matches, winning the opening two matches against Crystal Palace and Newcastle United. Mourinho’s side will be similar to the one which beat Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday, which could have been without Marcus Rashford, who avoided a major injury. There are some great odds on Manchester United scoring first against Huddersfield in this match.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young;

Herrera, Matic;

Mata, Lingard, Martial;

Lukaku

Substitutes:

Romero; Lindelof, Blind, Darmian; Mkhitaryan, McTominay; Rashford

Manchester United and Huddersfield Town have not played each other in first team competitive football for over 45 years. The last match played at Old Trafford on the 11th March 1972 was a 2-0 with George Best and Ian Storey-Moore scoring the goals. The last match played in Huddersfield, the year before, was a 3-0 victory for United, the trinity (Best, Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law) scoring for the last time in the same match.

In total, 45 matches have been played between the two sides, United winning 20 times, drawing 15 times and losing just ten times. The last defeat for United came on the 22nd March 1952, Huddersfield Town winning 3-2 with Stan Pearson and Frank Clempson scoring the consolation goals for United that day. United are undefeated in the last 11 matches between the two sides, with United seeking to make that twelve and their first victory at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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