Ratings: Marcus Rashford the man to inspire Manchester United in Huddersfield defeat


Manchester United were defeated 2-1 by Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. It was the first defeat for United this season and another extension of an unwanted record for Jose Mourinho. Whenever a team led by him is 2-0 down, that team have never won the match. United will need to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and get ready for Swansea on Tuesday.

In the first half, United started well but in the 22nd minute, Phil Jones suffered yet another injury and was replaced by Victor Lindelof. United conceded the first goal five minutes after the change with Aaron Mooy creating the chance and receiving the ball to score past David De Gea, who had no chance to thwart the effort.

United had spent only two minutes behind this season, against Stoke City, but this was going to break that record. Laurent Depoitre doubled Huddersfield Town’s lead in the 33rd minute after a defensive effort by Lindelof gifted him the goal. United were two down without reply and the way United were playing, that was going to be the same at the end of the match.

Mourinho made two more changes at the start of the second half with Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan replacing Anthony Martial, who was booked in the eighth minute, and Juan Mata both coming off. United had changed their formation with three at the back, Nemanja Matic shielding his defence, four across the midfield and two up front.

United seemed to be unable to defend when  Huddersfield were on the attack, which seemed like the majority of the game with United seemingly not getting much change to try to get them back into the game. Rashford scored for United in the 78th minute, assisted by Romelu Lukaku, but that was where it ended for United, in defeat – the first of the new Premier League season.

Goals: Marcus Rashford 78′

Assists: Romelu Lukaku 78′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones (Lindelof 22′), Smalling, Young; Herrera, Matic; Mata (Mkhitaryan 46′), Lingard, Martial (Rashford 46′); Lukaku

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Blind, Darmian; McTominay

Bookings: Anthony Martial 8′, Ashley Young 62′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper made a save in the 28th minute of the match from Ince, conceding the first goal in the same minute then a second in the 33rd minute. Not had the greatest game when you think about the fact he's conceded twice. Has had little to content with though. May have picked up an injury late in the match.


25 Antonio Valencia

The Ecuadorian got forward and helped the attack, but against Hiddersfield, it was pointless. United were off the boil and nothing could have helped them today. Getting Paul Pogba back cannot happen quick enough.


4 Phil Jones

Jones' match had ended in the 22nd minute after he suffered another injury, replaced by Lindelof. Not good for United to have so many players on the injury list which leaves a massive void on the pitch. It was a shame as he was on top of his game before the injury.


Chris Smalling

Smalling started the game well but after Jones limped off, he was not playing to the best of his abilities. Had the chance to equalise late in added time, but his effort was defended well.


18 Ashley Young

The former England international got forward at times from the left-back position, that being swicthed to a wing-back in the second half. Had the chance to score, but was wide of the mark. Not a great day for United.


21 Ander Herrera

The Spanish midfielder struggled to get into the game during the first half. With a fit Pogba, it is hard to see where Herrera fits in. Had a header which was saved and played as a makeshift defender in the three at the back formation in the second half.


31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian again showed why United have spent the money on him. United conceded twice quickly, but it was Matic spurring on his teammates. Had the chance to equalise before the break but his shot was deflected.


8 Juan Mata

Dd not have the best of halves against Huddersfield. United seemed to have a collective off day with Mata hooked at half time, replaced by Mkhitaryan. Lost the ball too many times. Hard to see where he fits into a fully fit United team after today's performance.


14 Jesse Lingard

His direct running caused some problems for Huddersfield, but the lack of support was a problem. Lingard could have been more of a problem for his opposition. United may have won if things were different.


9 Anthony Martial

Martial was booked in the eighth minute of the match, tried to help United attack but was not as effective as he could have been. Hooked at half time and replaced by Rashford. Not sure Mourinho will have seen the best of the Frenchman in this match. Needs to forget the petulance and get on with his football.


Romelu Lukaku

Seemed unable to get something from the game. Huddersfield defended deel after going 2-0 up. Tired in the second half. Provided the assist for Rashford as United looked to start the comeback, but it was not meant to be.



2 Victor Lindelof

Not a good start by Lindelof in the Premier League, making a defensive error and gifting Huddersfield their second goal of the match. Still, Evra and Vidic were poor at the start of their United careers. Many will be blaming him when United as a whole were off the boil, again.


22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Not sure he got all that involved after he replaced Mata. Needs a rest as he seems to be running on empty. United need players who are fit, not overused. May need to throw the Carabao Cup in order to habve a fit side to face Spurs next weekend.


10 Marcus Rashford

Scored United's only goal of the game. Tried to turn the tide from his introduction. Seemed to be the only player playing for the badge with his urgency and constant threat, even off the ball. Other may have seen it differently.


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