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Ratings: McTominay and Lindelof did well, at times; Young, Pogba and Jones poor in Huddersfield embarrassment

Manchester United drew 1-1 with already-relegated Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League. Scott McTominay opened the scoring for United but an Isaac Mbenza equaliser placed yet more embarrassment on the Old Trafford club who have missed out on UEFA Champions League football next season.

United started well against Huddersfield and took charge of the fixture in the eighth minute. Scott McTominay opened the scoring after United won a free-kick with the academy graduate getting forward before picking up the ball. He then got around Terence Kongolo before laying off his strike, which struck the legs of Jonas Lossl before bulging into the bottom corner.

It was a dire affair and United just did not seem up for taking this already relegated side to the cleaners. On the hour mark, Isaac Mbenza scored the equaliser for Huddersfield after Lossl played the ball upfield, getting the assist. David De Gea will not be happy with himself once again for such a poor goal to concede. United need to find some answers this summer.

Match Statistics:

Goals: Isaac Mbenza 60′; Scott McTominay 8′

Assists: Jonas Lossl 60′

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Jones, Lindelof (Dalot 83′), Shaw; McTominay, Matic (Herrera 53′), Pogba; Mata; Rashford, Sanchez (Chong 54′)

Substitutes Not Used: Grant; Smalling; Pereira, Fred

Bookings: Jonas Lossl 90+4′; Phil Jones 33′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one made a good save, with his feet, in the first half of the match but soon saw another goal conceded this season after Isaac Mbenza found the equaliser. The goalkeeper will not be happy with that conceded goal or United’s current poor form.

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18 Ashley Young

He is not THE problem at the club but he is one of the constants. Too old. Too slow. Poor in possession and seems to be struggling at every aspect in the game recently. What would most clubs do in this instance? Let him go. What did United do? Signed him for another year!

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4 Phil Jones

The fact that this guy is still playing football at this level is surprising. Injury prone, poor in possession, even in position the majority of the time. He looks like a fan of the club who won a competition to play in the heart of defence.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swedish international had a much better game than he did in the same stadium last season. He was solid for the majority of the time he spent on the pitch. He more than made up for his partners defensive errors, of which there were many of. Would be so much better alongside a commanding defender who has leadership ability. Seemed to have a knock and was replaced by Diogo Dalot in the 83rd minute.

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23 Luke Shaw

The England left-back has had a good season, one which was largely injury free - a change for him. Against Huddersfield, his forward plays lacked everything needed in a positional and creative sense. He lost the ball halfway up the pitch which turned into the equaliser.

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39 Scott McTominay

The 22-year-old opened the scoring for United, running into the box before collecting the ball and launching his shot towards goal. It was his second goal of the season. He was one of the few players who stood out, seemed to want to get stuck in and drive United but he could not carry the dead weight of those who did not want the same, of which there seemed to be many.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Won possession from the Huddersfield players quite often, when they were pushing to break through United’s midfield. However, he seemed out of his depth late in the first half and was replaced by Ander Herrera eight minutes into the second half.

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6 Paul Pogba

Not good enough today. Not good enough for much of the season. Yes, he has scored goals this season but that does not mean he deserves any special treatment. He’s his own worst enemy at times. Against Huddersfield, he played like he just did not care about the club, the result or the part he has played in this poor season. Should have been left on the bench.

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8 Juan Mata

The Spanish attacking midfielder started well against Huddersfield, playing some smart passes and making United look like they were much better than they were. However, his influence in the game soon died and United were in a position that they did not have the skill or ability to get back out of.

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10 Marcus Rashford

A player with so much skill and talent devoid of form and ability. Marcus Rashford has not really looked all that great since that victory over PSG in March. Something needs to give and for me, that would be a rest starting now. United have nothing to aim for this season so they don’t need to add to Rashford’s problems.

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Alexis Sanchez

The Chilean has earned a lot of money in his short time at United, if reports of his wage structure are true. However, apart from emptying the coffers of the club, he will not be remembered for much. He seems to be a player on the decline. He did have some good moments against Huddersfield but another injury ended his game, maybe his season but almost certainly his United career.

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Substitutes

21 Ander Herrera

Replaced Matic 53'. Should have started the match but I can see why he didn’t because of the injury he’s just come back from. He looked to grab the game by the balls, trying to show some fight. To think that Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young have been kept and Herrera could leave shows you how badly this club is being run right now.

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Tahith Chong

Replaced Sanchez 54'. The 19-year-old seemed to be put of his depth at times but that did not stop him from trying. It’s clear he’s a player with talent but lacking experience. Every little helps. I admire him for the confidence he had shown against Huddersfield, even forcing a save from Jonas Lossl.

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Diogo Dalot

Replaced Lindelof 83'. The Portuguese teenager did not have much time to create an impact in the game. Should have started the match as he offers more than Ashley Young does. Hopefully he starts next weekend.

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Confirmed Starting XI: Mata, Rashford and Sanchez on the attack; Chong and Herrera on the bench against Huddersfield Town

Manchester United face Huddersfield Town this afternoon in their final away match of the Premier League season. United have managed just one win and one draw in their last six matches, losing the other four. Huddersfield has lost their last six matches and risks a ninth successive defeat if the real United turn up, which is a worry.

After Tottenham Hotspur lost to Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon, United still have a chance to make up some ground, as long as they beat Huddersfield. Chelsea faces Watford at the same time, so if the London club drop points, United could well be in a much better position. Arsenal also face Brighton and Hove Albion later this afternoon, so more dropped points there could be good news for United, however, they should be reliant upon themselves, noth other teams to do them a favour.

Huddersfield has scored just 20 goals this season, one of them an own goal, conceding more (21) in their last six matches. United has scored just three goals in their last six matches, so need to lace up their scoring boots and work hard in each match left to play. Youth might be given a chance with injuries rocking United again.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Young, Jones, Lindelof, Shaw;

McTominay, Matic, Pogba;

Mata, Rashford, Sanchez

Substitutes:

Grant; Smalling, Dalot; Pereira, Fred, Herrera; Chong

Two matches left to play then the season is over for United. Ever since the Paris Saint-Germain victory, the players have not been at their best. The media and pundits who are trying to make a name for themselves have naturally blamed the manager, however, it is the players who are the useless ones. They have scored once in their last four matches, three times in the last six!

Huddersfield Town is a team in poorer form than United at this current time. Eight defeats in a row since their last win, back in February. The club has already been relegated to the Championship but they will need to play for pride if they have any left. Against this United squad though, they will probably play like Barcelona and cause more embarrassment.

Manchester United and Huddersfield Town have played 49 competitive matches. United has won the most matches with 23 victories, drawing 15 and losing 11. United lost this fixture 2-1 last season, only winning at the John Smith’s stadium in the FA Cup. Since the defeat last season, United are unbeaten against Huddersfield in their last three matches.

How Manchester United could look Tahith Chong, Diogo Dalot, Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez in a 4-3-3 formation against Huddersfield Town

Manchester United will travel to face Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon in their final away match of the Premier League season. United have managed just one win and one draw in their last six matches, losing the other four. Huddersfield has lost their last six matches and risk a ninth successive defeat if the real United turn up, which is a worry.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a lot of work to do between now and the start of pre-season. Finishing on a high will be his major wish but it is no longer in United’s hands. United will need to win their last two matches and hope other results finish in their favour, despite the teams around them not winning recently, of which United did not take advantage of, again.

Huddersfield has scored just 20 goals this season, one of them an own goal, conceding more (21) in their last six matches. United has scored just three goals in their last six matches, so need to lace up their scoring boots and work hard in each match left to play. Youth might be given a chance with injuries rocking United again.

Manchester United and Huddersfield Town have played 49 competitive matches. United has won the most matches with 23 victories, drawing 15 and losing 11. United lost this fixture 2-1 last season, only winning at the John Smith’s stadium in the FA Cup. Since the defeat last season, United are unbeaten against Huddersfield in their last three matches.

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

David De Gea has been in poor form for a while now and he needs to start overcoming that. Whether his head has been turned or that his contractual battle with the club has ground him down, we may find out in the summer. Sergio Romero is injured so De Gea will start against Huddersfield, which could help build his confidence back up ahead of the final match of the season. There is a chance it could be his last at the club unless he will sign a new contract in the summer.

Defence: Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw

Diogo Dalot should feature at right-back for the final two matches of the season. It will give him the experience to become a starter next season and therefore will be good for him. Luke Shaw should keep his place at left-back. Victor Lindelof is the only available player with minutes under his belt at this moment in time and perhaps his partner in defence could be Marcos Rojo, being that both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are on the sidelines, again. Lee O’Connor could be on the bench though, which could be good for him.

Midfield: Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay, Juan Mata

Paul Pogba was not pictured in training this week, which may be something or nothing. Based on this, I have not included him in the team. He would not be a big loss in all honesty. Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay and Juan Mata could all provide the cover in a three-man midfield and Angel Gomes could replace Mata later in the match. United needs to test themselves without Pogba, as I don’t think he wants to be at this club. United need players who do.

Forwards: Tahith Chong, Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez

I think Marcus Rashford will be fit enough to lead the line for United. Romelu Lukaku will most likely be out of this match based on his hamstring injury. Tahith Chong should start the game on the right wing, adding pace and width. I feel he could play well with Diogo Dalot, who should feature at right-back. Alexis Sanchez should start over Anthony Martial, who has not really put much effort into his game for months.

Substitutes: Lee Grant; Matteo Darmian, Lee O’Connor; Juan Mata, Fred, Angel Gomes; Anthony Martial

As Sergio Romero is injured, Lee Grant should be available on the bench, if not Alex Fojticek or Matej Kovar could fill that void. Matteo Darmian is back from injury and Lee O’Connor has been training with the first team ahead of this match. Juan Mata, Fred and Angel Gomes could also play a part in the game. Anthony Martial, if available, should be on the bench based on the lack of effort in his game for months now.

Preview: The real Manchester United will need to turn up against Huddersfield or risk more embarrassment!

Huddersfield Town -v- Manchester United

Premier League

John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield

Sunday 5 May 2019; KO 14:00 BST

Referee: Lee Mason

Manchester United will travel to face Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon in their final away match of the Premier League season. United have managed just one win and one draw in their last six matches, losing the other four. Huddersfield has lost their last six matches and risks a ninth successive defeat if the real United turn up, which is a worry.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a lot of work to do between now and the start of pre-season. Finishing on a high will be his major wish but it is no longer in United’s hands. United will need to win their last two matches and hope other results finish in their favour, despite the teams around them not winning recently, of which United did not take advantage of, again.

Huddersfield has scored just 20 goals this season, one of them an own goal, conceding more (21) in their last six matches. United has scored just three goals in their last six matches, so need to lace up their scoring boots and work hard in each match left to play. Youth might be given a chance with injuries rocking United again.

Form: United’s form is dire but Huddersfield are in a much worse position. It is now time for the real United to stand up and hold themselves accountable for another poor season!

Manchester United: DLLLWL

Chelsea 1-1 D, Manchester City 2-0 L, Everton 4-0 L, Barcelona 3-0 L, West Ham United 2-1 W, Barcelona 1-0 L

Two matches left to play then the season is over for United. Ever since the Paris Saint-Germain victory, the players have not been at their best. The media and pundits who are trying to make a name for themselves have naturally blamed the manager, however, it is the players who are the useless ones. They have scored once in their last four matches, three times in the last six!

Huddersfield Town: LLLLLL

Liverpool 5-0 L, Watford 2-1 L, Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 L, Leicester City 4-1 L, Crystal Palace 2-0 L, West Ham United 4-3 L

Huddersfield Town is a team in poorer form than United at this current time. Eight defeats in a row since their last win, back in February. The club has already been relegated to the Championship but they will need to play for pride if they have any left. Against this United squad though, they will probably play like Barcelona and cause more embarrassment.

Top Scorers: Huddersfield Town has scored just 20 goals this season and conceding 21 goals in their last six matches. United should be taking advantage of that with a performance we should be proud of!

Manchester United: 16 – Paul Pogba, 15 – Romelu Lukaku, 13 – Marcus Rashford, 12 – Anthony Martial, 6 – Juan Mata, 5 – Jesse Lingard, 3 – Ander Herrera, 2 – Marouane Fellaini, Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young, 1 – Fred, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling

Huddersfield Town: 4 – Karlan Grant, 3 – Mathias Jorgensen, Aaron Mooy, 2 – Philip Billing, Steve Mounie, 1 – Juninho Bacuna, Terence Kongolo, Alex Pritchard, Christopher Schindler, Jon Gorenc Stankovic, Own Goal

Team News: More injuries for United but Solskjaer has drafted in some youth to full the squad. Hopefully, some will get the chance with some players benched in their place.

Solskjaer currently has nine players on the sidelines through injury. Four of them seem to be ruled out of the match; Eric Bailly, Sergio Romero, Mason Greenwood (all knee) and Romelu Lukaku (hamstring), although the Belgian might feature. Marcus Rashford (shoulder), Chris Smalling (knock), Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones (both knee), and Antonio Valencia (muscle) will all be subject to a late fitness test.

Huddersfield Town manager Jan Siewert has four players to worry about with Laurent Depoitre (foot), Ben Hamer (knock), Mathias Jorgensen (illness), and Aaron Mooy (hip). It is suggested that Mooy could be fit for this match which really is the least of the Terriers worries as they are winless in two months and en route to a ninth consecutive defeat.

Predicted Starting XI: Solskjaer has to get the best from his squad of players. By now he should know who needs to be shown the door in the summer and which youth players are good enough for a squad place in his new United side!

Solskjaer had United purring when he first took over the club but soon after his announcement as the permanent manager, the attacking football stopped and players continued to coast through matches. This is not the identity that the Norwegian wants for United and he should not be letting the players beat them with their power. The hierarchy of the club need to back their manager, not the squad of egos.

Match Prediction: United need to start turning up for their matches, putting in the performances required of a club of this stature. We know they can play better which is why the ones now performing need to be shipped out in the summer, no matter who they are!!!

Manchester United and Huddersfield Town have played 49 competitive matches. United has won the most matches with 23 victories, drawing 15 and losing 11. United lost this fixture 2-1 last season, only winning at the John Smith’s stadium in the FA Cup. Since the defeat last season, United are unbeaten against Huddersfield in their last three matches.

Huddersfield Town 0-3 Manchester United

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