Manchester united encounter their first defeat of their season with a 2-1 loss against Huddersfield
Huddersfield enjoyed an excellent start to life back in the top tier thanks to two wins a draw from their opening three games, but it had been a tough couple of months for the Terriers, who now found themselves in the wrong half of the table after a disappointing run of form. A thumping at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur wasn’t too surprising but last weekend’s poor defeat away to Swansea City was a worrying result for the newly promoted side.
A six-game winless run in the Premier League had left Huddersfield just three points clear of the relegation zone and with Liverpool to play after today’s afternoon tough contest. The injury suffered to striker Steve Mounie, who was only fit enough for the substitutes’ bench today has hit David Wagner’s men particularly hard, as over their last seven outings they’ve managed to find the back of the net just once.
Manchester united firmly shutted up shop in last weekend’s clash with Liverpool, but they were unlikely to approach today’s game in a similar way. With a well-earned point from Anfield under their belts, the Red Devils now had a great chance of returning to winning ways against their opponents today. Romelu Lukaku was criticised by some for his performance last time out, and he was aiming to bounce back there this afternoon as he searched for an eighth league goal of the season.
Today’s meeting marked the first time the two sides had played against one another since March 1972, when United won 2-0 in what would have proved to be Huddersfield’s last season in the top flight until now. It’s now over 65 years since the Terriers last enjoyed a victory against the Red Devils, with that win coming just a month after Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne.
David Wagner had decided to made three changes to the Huddersfield side that started the defeat against Swansea, with Chris Lowe, Danny Williams and Aaron Mooy coming into the starting line-up to replace Scott Malone, Philip Billing and Rajiv van La Parra, respectively.
Meanwhile, United boss Jose Mourinho had made two alterations to the team that featured in their last league outing, with Matteo Darmian and Henrikh Mkhitaryan making way for Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata.
The first critical scene kick-started in the 8th minute and there was an off the ball incident between Smith and Anthony Martial after the Frenchman seemed to have a little kick out at the Huddersfield defender. The two players squared up to one another and kick-started a slight fracas involving several others, but it’s quickly brought to an end by the referee with a yellow card for Smith on the other hand,both martial and Lingard given bookings.
Another injury issue occurred in the 22nd minute as things didnt look good for Jones, who came into the game with a slight injury concern and had now gone down off the ball. He seemed to stretch while battling for the ball with Laurent Depoitre, and he really didnt seem to moving freely at the moment which resulted in his substitution which made-way for victor lindelof.
Things got worsen for the red devils as Mooy fired Huddersfield into the lead,Juan Mata was caught sleeping on the halfway line and gave the ball away to Mooy. The Australia immediately sprinted towards the United penalty area and setted up Ince, who got the better of Lindelof before forcing De Gea into making a smart save. The Spaniard was only able to push the ball out to Mooy, however, and the midfielder then rifled it into the top right-hand corner of the net to put the home side in front.
Huddersfield doubled their lead with a thumping goal-kick from Lossl which should have been easily dealt with by Lindelof but it was left by the Swedish defender, who allowed Depoitre to pick up the ball and around De Gea inside the penalty area before comfortably tapping it into the back of the net.
This left mourinho furious entering in to the half-time and they replied on the 78th minute as United had pulled one back,Lukaku drifted out to the right wing and did well to pick up the ball near to the corner flag. He then cut onto his left foot and swinged a beautiful cross over to the far post, where Rashford rised high and beat Lossl with an excellent header straight into the corner of the net.But it wasn’t enough as huddersfield went through with the narrow win.
Tom smith was named man of the match for his excellent defensive duties and united were left 5 points a drift from the top spot.
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