Preview - Manchester United vs Huddersfield Feb 3

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Match Day 26
Manchester United vs. Huddersfield Town
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Old Trafford

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: L W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.0
Average goals against per match: 0.7
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (11)

Huddersfield Town:
Last five matches form: L L L L D
Average goals per match: 0.8
Average goals against per match: 1.8
Top Scorer: Laurent Depoitre (5)

In terms of value, historical success and resources at their disposal, Premier League mismatches don't come much more pronounced than lowly Huddersfield vs the giant of Manchester United. That didn't stop Huddersfield from running out 2-1 winners when the teams clashed at the John Smith's Stadium in October though. Can they repeat the trick here?

Recent evidence would suggest almost certainly not. The wheels seem to have come off the plucky minnows in recent weeks, with no wins and only three goals in their past seven league outings. That is undoubtedly relegation form and they will need to address the slide soon if they are to beat the drop. Snapping up Alex Pritchard from Norwich in the January window looks a smart piece of business, and he may well have a significant impact if able to hit the ground running at this higher level.

Any hopes of a Huddersfield revival may well have to wait a little while yet though, as they are meeting a Manchester United side who have won four of their past five outings, with the only loss coming away at Tottenham. There's certainly no disgrace in losing to Spurs, but we fear Huddersfield may bear the brunt of any frustrations resulting from that defeat at Wembley. Expect the supremely talented Alexis Sanchez to make an impact here, as he will be keen to make his presence felt sooner rather than later following that switch from Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho may have publicly conceded the title to Man City this week, but he will no doubt still be keen to avenge that midweek defeat at the first time of asking. United have won all bar three of their home games this season, scoring 27 and conceding just 5. Whilst they have posted disappointing draws with Burnley and Southampton in two of their past three home games, in Huddersfield they are meeting a side who are now looking to really be feeling the strain. A comfortable home win looks on the cards.

Prediction: Manchester United 4-0 Huddersfield Town


Half time: 0-0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots: 16 - 4
Shots on target:7 - 0
Corner Kicks: 5 - 2
Possession: 74% - 26%

Huddersfield unsurprisingly had their share of bookings here given the manner in which they were chasing the game, with Philip Billing, Tom Smith, Jonathan Hogg and Michael Hefele all seeing yellow. Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez were booked for United.

No surprises here as Manchester United utterly dominated their inferior opponents, bossing possession and the shot count, whilst Huddersfield failed to muster a single shot on target in the whole ninety minutes.

David Wagners plan to park the bus and stifle this Manchester United seemed to be working well enough, with the visitors still well in the game headed into the break at 0 - 0.

In truth it did look to be simply a matter of time until United broke the deadlock, and it was their leading marksman Romelu Lukaku who settled the Old Trafford nerves. Juan Mata's cross was swiftly latched onto by the Belgian to finish into the bottom corner.

Despite their lack of threat, whilst the game remained at 1-0 there was always the possibility of a defensive lapse allowing the Terriers back into the game. However it only took until the 68th minute for the all important second goal to arrive. It very nearly didn't though, with Alexis Sanchez's penalty initially being saved by Jonas Loessl, only for the Chilean to slot home the rebound.

That was the effectively the match over as a contest as United coasted through the remainder of the game. With Manchester City only managing a draw earlier, United have cut into their rivals lead by 2 points this weekend, although it still stands at 13 points.

Huddersfield meanwhile have dropped to second bottom as their poor run continues.

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