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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.

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Ratings: Lukaku MOTM in Huddersfield victory; Mata did well too

Manchester United beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday evening. It was Romelu Lukaku who scored both goals – the first in the third minute of the match, the second ten minutes into the second half. Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez assisted the goals. United could have scored another with Mata finding the back of the net at the end of the first half but VAR ruled it out.

Key Moments:

3′ Juan Mata found some space and passed a well-weighted ball to Romelu Lukaku, who beat his man, brushing him aside with ease, firing his shot into the corner of the net. United were 1-0 to the good inside three minutes.

45′ Juan Mata rolled the ball into the back of the net, which was empty after rounding Jonas Lossl. The linesman did not raise his flag but after a minute or so a VAR decision was made and the goal was disallowed as Mata’s knee was offside.

45+4′ Alexis Sanchez won a free-kick for United which resulted in Nemanja Matic volleying the ball into the back of the net – but the goal was the second in a few minutes to be ruled for offside.

55′ Romelu Lukaku scored his second goal of the game and his 21st goal of the season. Alexis Sanchez threaded a superb ball through to the Belgian, who kept his cool and slotted his shot past the Huddersfield goalkeeper.

90+3′ Eric Bailly made his long-awaited return to action after four months out of the game, replacing Romelu Lukaku but only having one touch of the ball, which is not really a problem. The main thing being Jose Mourinho has another defensive option as the UEFA Champions League returns on Wednesday.

Man of the Match: Romelu Lukaku

In a week where so-called United supporters were calling for Romelu Lukaku to be benched, sold even sacked, on social media anyway, the Belgian showed his class yet again to score a brace to see United earn a place in the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup this season. Lukaku did not have the best of games early on, but when it mattered he broke forward twice to score the much-needed goals.

Lukaku has now scored 21 goals in all competitions this season, the same amount of goals as Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette combined. Lukaku has been a decent goalscorer this season as United have improved severely with him and other players this season. The media will tell you different though as United have not improved and are still rubbish. Now is the time to support your team.

Match Statistics:

Manchester United

22 Sergio Romero

The Argentinian had a few moments which were quite nervy early in the first half. Kept a clean sheet though and had little to do for much of the game.

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18 Ashley Young

The player did not break forward as much as Valencia does. Not sure he's what Mourinho should be utilising after this season. United will have a better option in Fosu-Mensah. Played a good role in breaking forward for Mata's disallowed VAR goal.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swedish defender looked nervous but he last played some time ago. He's a ball playing defender and needs to get more time to build his confidence. Could partner Bailly well and together they could be just what United need.

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Chris Smalling

Played a lot better than he did against Newcastle last weekend. Put in a few important interventions. The back four seemed very nervy, which needs to change.

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23 Luke Shaw

Huddersfield made a lot of their changes through Shaw's position. Needs to play much better to cement his place in United's defence. He's the best left-back United have (the only left-back even). Should play ahead of Young.

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31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian's passing was not the greatest but he did what was needed throughout the match. Could probably do with a rest but with Sevilla and Chelsea coming up, it may not be in the next week.

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16 Michael Carrick

A decent match by the club captain. Found his teammates with passes but United lacked some fluidity which Carrick will not be happy with.

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39 Scott McTominay

The Academy graduate worked hard and seemed up for this challenge. After Lukaku's opening goal, he seemed to want to get stuck into the match again, cutting the celebration short. He has the world at his feet but needs to find consistency to keep a permanent place in this team.

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8 Juan Mata

Played the ball to assist Lukaku's opener with a sublime ball. Scored a great second goal, but because of his patela, it was ruled offside by VAR, somewhat controversially.

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Romelu Lukaku

Man of the Match. His positioning before each goal was great. Scored his 20th and 21st goal for United this season - the same as Morata and Lacazette combined. Some United fans wanted him sold last weekend. The guy is class.

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Alexis Sanchez

rIt was a quiet first half for Sanchez and he left Shaw exposed at times, which is why Huddersfield were attacking on that side of the pitch. Had a better second half and played the ball for Lukaku's second goal.

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Substitutes

9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Sanchez 76'. Had a cameo. I think he will start against Sevilla on Wednesday. Got forward and tried to stretch Huddersfield but the game was already won before the substitutions.

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14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Mata 80'. Came on for the last ten minutes. Did not change the gave but got involved.

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3 Eric Bailly

Replaced Lukaku 90+3'. Came on late replacing the Belgian who scored a brace in the match. Touched the ball once but his return means a lot more than his cameo this evening.

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Goals: Romelu Lukaku 3′, 55′

Assists: Juan Mata 3′, Alexis Sanchez 55′

Manchester United: Romero; Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; Matic, Carrick, McTominay; Mata (Lingard 80′), Lukaku (Bailly 90+3), Sanchez (Martial 76′)

Substitutes Not Used: Pereira; Darmian; Gomes, Hamilton

Report: Romelu Lukaku fires Manchester United into the FA Cup quarter final

Manchester United beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday evening. It was Romelu Lukaku who scored both goals – the first in the third minute of the match, the second ten minutes into the second half. Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez assisted the goals. United could have scored another with Mata finding the back of the net at the end of the first half but VAR ruled it out.

Jose Mourinho made many changes to his side after the defeat to Newcastle United last weekend. Sergio Romero replaced David De Gea, Ashley Young replaced Antonio Valencia, Victor Lindelof came in for Phil Jones, Luke Shaw came in at left-back – previously held by Young.

Michael Carrick replaced Paul Pogba as Nemanja Matic’s partner. Scott McTominay replaced Jesse Lingard. Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, and Alexis Sanchez would lead the attack. Mourinho also included Joel Pereira on the bench alongside both Angel Gomes and Ethan Hamilton, who both played last night.

United started the game well and were looking regain some form after the defeat to Newcastle last weekend. United took first blood in the game with Romelu Lukaku scoring in the third minute of the match. Juan Mata found some space, rolled a weighted ball to the Belgian with Lukaku beating his man, striking his shot into the corner of the net. Just a start United and Mourinho needed.

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Three minutes later Huddersfield had a chance through Tom Ince but he struck his shot too early and pulled it across the face of the goal. Huddersfield then started to pin United back in their own half, seemingly looking for a response from conceding the early goal. United then settled into the rhythm of the game with Michael Carrick starting to orchestrate his side.

United again started to become the second-best side in the game with Huddersfield getting forward, pressuring Luke Shaw in the home sides right-hand side of the pitch. Huddersfield had four shots in goal in the opening 15 minutes of the match with United having one and scoring it. United had a good chance in the 25th minute with Sanchez and Mata combining but it came to nothing.

In the 33rd minute of the match, United were being pressured again with Matic and Carrick getting moved all over the pitch with Huddersfield picking up the ball with Philip Billings from 30-yards and launching his effort towards the top corner with Romero making the catch look like an easy one. A few minutes later there was a bit of a lull in the game.

With four minutes of the half remaining, Sanchez tried to clip the ball into the path of Mata but the danger was cleared by the hosts. United scored a second through Mata in the last minute of the half and the linesman did not flag it up. A VAR decision was made and the goal was ruled out for offside as Mata’s knee was offside. United were still 1-0 to the good.

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Four minutes of stoppage time were played at the end of the first half, Matic volleyed Sanchez’s free-kick but it was another goal not given because of offside. United could have been three goals to the good at the end of the first half, not that it would be a deserved lead. Still, United went into the break 1-0 up and with all to play for in the second half.

At the start of the second half, there were no changes by either team. United broke forward but then Huddersfield attacked United’s half. In the 50th minute of the match, the home side won a free-kick at the edge of the box. Tom Ince took the free-kick but United cleared the threat with the home side pressuring with United making a block in the box to deny an attempt at an equaliser.

United scored their second goal of the game in the 55th minute of the match with Lukaku scoring his 21st goal of the season for his club. Huddersfield had played a high-line throughout the match and it was the second time they got caught out. Sanchez threaded a lovely pass to the Belgian, who stayed cool and put his low effort past the Huddersfield goalkeeper.

United had started to take more control of the game inside the last twenty minutes with Huddersfield seemingly starting to tire. In the 76th minute of the match, Mourinho made his first change with Anthony Martial replacing Sanchez. United made their second change in the 80th minute of the match with Jesse Lingard replacing Juan Mata.

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Huddersfield had the chance to get back into the game in the 84th minute of the match but United cleared the effort. United were seemingly though to the quarter-final draw, which will take place immediately after the match. Mourinho was readying Eric Bailly, who had returned to fitness ahead of this game after missing the last four or so months of action.

Bailly replaced Lukaku three minutes into stoppage time, making his long-awaited return to action which will boost Mourinho’s defensive options ahead of the important UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg away to Sevilla on Wednesday evening. United will find out who they will face on the quarter-final of the Emirates FA Cup shortly.

Key Moments:

3′ Juan Mata found some space and passed a well-weighted ball to Romelu Lukaku, who beat his man, brushing him aside with ease, firing his shot into the corner of the net. United were 1-0 to the good inside three minutes.

45′ Juan Mata rolled the ball into the back of the net, which was empty after rounding Jonas Lossl. The linesman did not raise his flag but after a minute or so a VAR decision was made and the goal was disallowed as Mata’s knee was offside.

45+4′ Alexis Sanchez won a free-kick for United which resulted in Nemanja Matic volleying the ball into the back of the net – but the goal was the second in a few minutes to be ruled for offside.

55′ Romelu Lukaku scored his second goal of the game and his 21st goal of the season. Alexis Sanchez threaded a superb ball through to the Belgian, who kept his cool and slotted his shot past the Huddersfield goalkeeper.

90+3′ Eric Bailly made his long-awaited return to action after four months out of the game, replacing Romelu Lukaku but only having one touch of the ball, which is not really a problem. The main thing being Jose Mourinho has another defensive option as the UEFA Champions League returns on Wednesday.

Man of the Match: Romelu Lukaku

In a week where so-called United supporters were calling for Romelu Lukaku to be benched, sold even sacked, on social media anyway, the Belgian showed his class yet again to score a brace to see United earn a place in the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup this season. Lukaku did not have the best of games early on, but when it mattered he broke forward twice to score the much-needed goals.

Lukaku has now scored 21 goals in all competitions this season, the same amount of goals as Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette combined. Lukaku has been a decent goalscorer this season as United have improved severely with him and other players this season. The media will tell you different though as United have not improved and are still rubbish. Now is the time to support your team.

Match Statistics:

Goals: Romelu Lukaku 3′, 55′

Assists: Juan Mata 3′, Alexis Sanchez 55′

Manchester United: Romero; Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; Matic, Carrick, McTominay; Mata (Lingard 80′), Lukaku (Bailly 90+3), Sanchez (Martial 76′)

Substitutes Not Used: Pereira; Darmian; Gomes, Hamilton

Confirmed Starting XI: Lindelof and Shaw return; Gomes and Hamilton on the bench

Manchester United face Huddersfield Town for the third time this season in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup. At the John Smith’s Stadium earlier in the season, Jose Mourinho’s side were beaten 2-1 – the first defeat in the Premier League this season. United will be looking to overcome that defeat by putting themselves into the last eight of the domestic competition this evening. United are looking to bounce back from the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United in the Premier League last weekend, which had seen a massive overreaction from fans and the media.

Mourinho has confirmed that Paul Pogba will miss the match due to illness, just a day after confirming the Frenchman would be part of the team to travel to Huddersfield. Eric Bailly has boosted his side by returning to full fitness ahead of the match, which will be a welcome inclusion especially as United travel to face Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League next week.

Manchester United:

Romero;

Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw;

Matic, Carrick, McTominay;

Mata, Lukaku, Sanchez

Substitutes:

Pereira; Bailly, Darmian; Lingard, Gomes, Hamilton; Martial

Manchester United and Huddersfield Town have played 47 times in the history of both clubs. The first match was played on the 13th January 1912 – a 3-1 victory for United in the FA Cup. United have won 21 times, drawn 15 times and lost 11 times – the last earlier in the season in this fixture in the Premier League. United beat Huddersfield at the start of the month, a 2-0 victory with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez scoring the goals. United will need to bounce back from the defeat against Newcastle and overcome Huddersfield in this match to make the last eight of the FA Cup.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Substitutes

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.

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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.

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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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Report: Lacklustre Manchester United defeated by lowly Huddersfield Town, 65 years after their last victory over United

Manchester United were beaten 2-1 by Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium in the Premier League. It was a poor match by United who gave the opening goal away easily with Aaron Mooy, a Manchester City player, scoring in the 28th minute. Just five minutes later, after a defensive error by Victor Lindelof saw Laurent Depoitre double the hosts lead.

United tried to get back into the game, to no avail. Romelu Lukaku set Marcus Rashford up twelve minutes from time, scoring a consolation goal, but an equaliser was not going to come for United. A first league defeat this season – it had to come some time. United now trail five points behind Manchester City and could be overcome by Tottenham Hotspur – if they beat Liverpool by more than eight goals!

Four changes were made by Jose Mourinho following the 1-0 victory over Benfica in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday evening. Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial have replaced Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford – all of whom are on the bench.

United started the game in good stead, but so did Huddersfield. In the eighth minute of the match Anthony Martial and Tommy Smith were going at it, the referee was alerted to the fracas by his assistant, giving both players a yellow card. Just over a minute later, Jesse Lingard was taken out by Christopher Schindler, who was booked for the challenge.

Phil Jones looks to have played his last game for a while as injury seems to have struck, yet again. Victor Lindelof replaced the England international in the 24th minute of the match. United’s injury list is getting longer with Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all on the sidelines.

United conceded their third goal in the Premier League this season with Aaron Mooy creating a chance and being passed the ball to score the opening goal in the 27th minute of the match which was out of reach for David De Gea. It is not a great start for United, who could be losing their excellent record so far this season.

It got worse for United in the 33rd minute of the match with Lindelof making a defensive error and gifting Laurent Depoitre the second goal of the match. United need to find their feet and get something back otherwise Huddersfield will keep coming, pressuring the Swedish international and pushing for more goals.

Huddersfield made their first change of the match in the 38th minute with Elias Kachunga suffering an injury to his lower back, being replaced by Rajiv van La Parra. United have done little to get back into the game heading into the final three minutes of the first half. Jose Mourinho will not be happy with his team when they head into the away dressing room.

United had only spent two minutes behind in a match all season, at the end of the first half, they will have been behind for 18 minutes – which is not a good sign. United have many talented players on the sidelines through injury, but this should not be an excuse. It just shows that the fringe players are not as good as many thought they were.

At the start of the second half Mourinho made two more changes with Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan replacing Anthony Martial and Juan Mata. United have used all three substitutions with 45 minutes still to play. I hope these changes work and do not result in anymore injuries.

United had a change to get something from the game ten minutes into the second half with Young on the ball, having more time then he thought in a central position, firing the ball 25 yards off target, wasting the chance. United need to be more clinical and put in the blood, sweat and tears to grasp something from this match. In the 57th minute, Marcus Rashford received the ball inside the box, seeking the goal, his shot off target.

Young was booked in the 62nd for a challenge and the resulting free-kick was not dealt with all that well by United who seem to have forgotten how to play football today. United broke forward minutes later with Rashford on the ball, passing to Mkhitaryan, who was offside and flagged by the assistant. United need to be doing so much better. No chance of a goal coming if they continued to play like this.

Huddersfield made their second change in the 70th minute of the match with Steve Mounié replacing the scorer of the second goal, Depoitre, who had played a good game against United. Mourinho will need to inspire his side to get back into the game as right now, their haters and upcoming opposition will be lining up to strike and United will start their fall from grace.

United got a goal back in the 78th minute of the match with Romelu Lukaku on the ball on the right, keeping possession and lofting in the cross to Rashford, who found the back of the net. That was much better from United, who now have just over ten minutes, plus stoppage time to find a second and more importantly a winner in this match.

United had played better after scoring the goal, which at this time was still nothing more than a consolation, but that was a good sign that this United side were not so willing to give up so easily. It was still 2-1 to Huddersfield in the 90th minute, with four minutes of added time remaining for United to get an equaliser or Huddersfield to dig deep and keep the three points they have worked for very well in this match.

It was not meant to be for United, the first defeat of the season. It had to come sometime. Only Manchester City remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season. Chris Smalling had the chance to equalise, but his threat was defended well with Huddersfield still leading the match. It was all over for United, Huddersfield have beaten United for the first time in 65 years. United will now trail City by five points in the league, not the void they wanted to open.

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′

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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