Match Preview: Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United

HTAFC VS MUFC PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH PREVIEW

 

Jose Mourinho’s men make the short trip to Yorkshire on Saturday tea time to take on newly-promoted Huddersfield Town in what is a third consecutive away game in all competitions. The 24500 capacity John Smith’s stadium will be up for the occasion and the team will also face United as if it is a cup final and they have to win it.

 

David Wagner is a klopp-esque manager who emphasizes more on pressing and getting the ball back in possession quickly. But their approach against Spurs just before the International break was sit back and counter. But that was unsuccessful as Spurs blew them away by 4-0.

 

Whereas For United Jose still does not have Pogba or Fellaini back. That is again a big blow. Further, Carrick, Rojo, Bailly, Zlatan are injured. However on the positive note Rashford has shrugged off his knock suffered in the Champions League game vs Benfica and is available to start. Jones is also fit and is expected to make a swift return.

 

Jose’s gameplan against the smaller teams has been to score early defend for the next 50 minutes and kill the game. Expect United to maintain the pattern.

 

Let’s take a deeper look into both the teams:

 

Huddersfield Town:

 

Impressive start. Followed by a wave of harsh reality. HTAFC have seen it all in their young Premier League stay. Goals have been hard to come by for a side that stayed just 2 points behind United at the end of August.

 

Tom Ince and Steve Mounie have made great start with Steve Mounie getting the goals before getting injured. Huddersfield’s unimpressive scoring run also coincides with his injury. With him coming back from injury, David Wagner would hope he passes the late fitness test.

Another player with potential danger for us is Aaron Mooy. The Australian Midfielder has also been a revelation since his PL debut back in August.

 

PLAYER TO WATCH OUT FOR:

JONAS LOSSL.

The Huddersfield Town Goal Keeper, on loan from FSV Mainz in Germany has been excellent but has made silly errors in the past weekend’s loss at Swansea. Expect to be fired up.

 

 

MANCHESTER UNITED:

Jose Mourinho faced criticism for his side’s defensive display at Anfield last Saturday. But my personal feeling is that the critics were little overboard with their criticism. My thought on that game was it was a good point to get this early in the season at the home of our fiercest rivals and also having two big midfielders out.

 

Mkhitaryan needs a rest. The guy is worn out. He is a great player. But that he is worn out this early in the season is simply unacceptable. But it’s good to protect him from a potential serious injury.

 

I’m worried about Lukaku as well. He has been playing non-stop from the start of the season. But Jose has said that there is no rest for him until Zlatan comes back. So, it’s a no brainer that he starts.

 

This is Jose’s best chance to start both Rashford and Martial in the wings.

Mata to start in the hole behind Lukaku. Based on form, This is the perfect attack. Mkhi and Luke Shaw have not travelled with the squad.

 

There is no luxury in midfield though. With only THREE senior Central Midfielders fit in Matic, Herrera and Scott Mctominay, expect Matic and Herrera to start again.

Valencia should start again at RB. He’s made it his position. Phil Jones should be fit if we are to believe Jose’s words. If he is’nt then expect Lindelof to make his full Premier League debut. Chris Smalling in all probabilities should partner either of the two. Ashley Young has also been good at LB. Expect to start their.

David De Gea probably earned us the point at Anfield with the save of the season. He must start.

 

PLAYER TO WATCH OUT FOR:

ANTHONY MARTIAL.

He started last week vs Liverpool. But was playing as an auxiliary LB. With Huddersfield not as threatening as Liverpool expect him to be running at their defenders.

 

SUMMING IT UP:

It will be attack vs defense. The attack of Man United vs the Defense of HTAFC. HTAFC will make it difficult for us to score and counter attack. But expect Man United to come up with a victory.

 

SCORE PREDICTION:

HTAFC 0-3 MAN UNITED.

 

Venkat Subramanian
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Venkat Subramanian

Big Manchester United fan. Wazza CR7 and Giggs are my inspiration.
Love everything about United.
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Big Manchester United fan. Wazza CR7 and Giggs are my inspiration. Love everything about United.