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Confirmed Starting XI: Rashford leads the line, supported by Mata, Pogba and Lingard; Gomes on the bench against Huddersfield Town

Manchester United return to Old Trafford today, this time facing Huddersfield Town in the Premier League. This will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second match in charge of the club, as the interim manager, his first at the Theatre of Dreams. At the weekend, United beat Cardiff City, Solskjaer’s former club (as manager) 5-1 with Cardiff’s consolation goal from the penalty spot. It was a great game of attacking football for United, and are we so glad to see that again after two and a half years of defensive football.

Huddersfield Town has been a tough club for United since coming into the Premier League last season. The first match, at the John Smith’s Stadium, was a shock 2-1 defeat for United. At Old Trafford, goals from Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez saw United victorious. A return to the John Smith’s Stadium followed this time in the Emirates FA Cup with United winning 2-0 again with a brace from Lukaku.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Dalot, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw;

Fred, Matic;

Mata, Pogba, Lingard;

Rashford

Substitutes:

Romero; Bailly, Young; Pereira, Herrera, Fellaini, Gomes

United have met Huddersfield Town 48 times with United winning 22 times, drawing 15 times and losing just 11 times. The last defeat was in October last season. Before that, bearing in mind that before last season, the last time the two clubs faced each other was in 1972, the last defeat goes all the way back to 1952. In the last three recent matches, United have won two and lost once. Solskjaer and his team will need to make that three wins later today.

United will play again in four days, against Bournemouth at Old Trafford before travelling to Newcastle United on Wednesday 2 January 2019. After that, a third-round clash in the Emirates FA Cup, against Reading at Old Trafford will be forthcoming. The easier period of matches will be at an end with Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on the horizon. United will have some time to build momentum and turn their poor season into a much better one. Come on UNITED!

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