12112017

Huddersfield hold on to defeat Man Utd

Aaron Mooy

Aaron Mooy has now scored two Premier League goals

Huddersfield Town ended Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the season as Jose Mourinho’s side fell five points behind league leaders Manchester City at the John Smith’s Stadium.

United had only conceded twice in eight league games this season, but that tally was doubled in five first-half minutes following two sloppy mistakes that were clinically punished by the home team.

Juan Mata gave the ball away to Aaron Mooy in midfield and after he fed Tom Ince, whose shot was saved by David De Gea, the Australian was first to the rebound to sweep home from 10 yards.

Then Swedish defender Victor Lindelof – on as a substitute for the injured Phil Jones and making just his second Premier League appearance – misjudged a goal kick by Jonas Lossl and Laurent Depoitre raced onto the loose ball to round De Gea and double the Terriers’ lead on 33 minutes.

Mourinho made a double substitution at half-time, bringing on Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and the former gave United hope with 12 minutes remaining, nodding in a terrific cross by the otherwise quiet Romelu Lukaku.

But despite a nervy finale and with United enjoying almost 80% of possession, the Terriers clung on to record their first league win against United since 1952 and end a run of six league games without a victory.

With City beating Burnley 3-0, second-placed United have already lost crucial ground in the title race.

United’s defence breached

United went into the game with seven clean sheets from their eight league games, with only two goals conceded.

No side in top-flight history had ever kept eight clean sheets in their first nine games of a season, but their attempt to make history was dealt an early blow when Phil Jones injured his left leg after a tackle with Mooy.

The England centre-back slammed the ground in frustration as he knew his afternoon was over and he duly hobbled off on 23 minutes.

Media playback is not supported on this device

The best team won – Jose Mourinho

It meant United were now without both first-choice centre-backs given Eric Bailly is also on the sidelines, and Jones’ replacement Lindelof – a £31m signing from Benfica in the summer – did not cover himself in glory.

Despite starting all three Champions League games this season, the Swede’s only previous Premier League experience had come in the final few minutes against Liverpool in last week’s 0-0 draw.

United suddenly looked nervy with him alongside Chris Smalling in the heart of the defence, something Lindelof illustrated with his misjudgement of a routine long ball for Huddersfield’s second.

United lacked intensity all over the pitch in fact, and Mourinho tried to change that in the second-half by altering his formation, with Ander Herrera moving to the right of a back three and Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia used as wing-backs.

United did improve, but even so they still managed just three shots on target in the whole match, while Lukaku only had two touches in the Huddersfield penalty area.

Terriers desire proves the difference

Mourinho said afterwards that the “team that wanted it more won”, praising the Terriers’ “emotion, aggression, intensity and desire”.

While his United team lacked those qualities, David Wagner’s team had them in spades and they did not resemble the side that conceded four goals against Tottenham in their last home game.

Huddersfield were well organised throughout and enjoyed success in pressing United in the first-half, causing the two errors that they punished clinically.

They limited United to just one shot on target in the first-half, an effort from Lukaku in the sixth minute.

And while United came at them more in the second-half, the Terriers excelled in defence, with Rashford’s goal the only blip in a sound defensive performance.

A sliding block by centre-back Mathias Jorgensen to stop Chris Smalling’s shot in the 94th minute epitomised their spirit and application.

“Can’t quite believe it,” said the stadium announcer at half-time – with the score 2-0 – in what was a reminder of the club’s long wait to get back to the top flight – and why sitting 10th in the league is a significant achievement for Wagner and his side.

More to follow.

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Manchester United 1.

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Manchester United 1.

Attempt blocked. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Rajiv van La Parra tries a through ball, but Danny Williams is caught offside.

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Scott Malone replaces Tom Ince.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

Foul by Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United).

Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United).

Jonas Lössl (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Tom Ince.

Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town).

Goal! Huddersfield Town 2, Manchester United 1. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku with a cross.

Attempt saved. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

Offside, Manchester United. Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries a through ball, but Antonio Valencia is caught offside.

Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Steve Mounie replaces Laurent Depoitre.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Ince (Huddersfield Town).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ashley Young.

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town).

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Offside, Manchester United. Marcus Rashford tries a through ball, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ashley Young (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Manchester United. Marcus Rashford tries a through ball, but Ander Herrera is caught offside.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Zanka (Huddersfield Town).

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Chris Löwe tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Manchester United).

Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ashley Young (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

What Next?

Recent Articles

Leave a Reply

You must be Logged in to post comment.