Preview - Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United 05 May 19

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Match Day 37
Huddersfield Town vs. Manchester United
Sunday, May 4th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: John Smith's Stadium

Huddersfield Town: 
Last five matches form: L L L L L
Average goals per match: 0.56
Average goals against per match: 2.06
Top Scorer: Karlan Ahearne-Grant (4)

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: L W L L D
Average goals per match: 1.78
Average goals against per match: 1.42
Top Scorer: Paul Pogba (13)

A run of just one win in five now sees Manchester United's Champion's League aspirations hanging by the most tenuous of threads. Indeed, should Chelsea beat Watford at home this afternoon, those aspirations will be dead in the water. All they can do though is get on with winning their two remaining games and hoping for the best up. Next up it's this trip to one of the worst sides in Premier League history - rock bottom Huddersfield Town.

United picked up the points in the reverse of this fixture with a 3-1 success at Old Trafford. The Terriers did win the game here last season though, 2-1 the score-line on that occasion.

Abdelhamid Sabiri and Ben Hamer miss out for the home side. United will be without Eric Bailly, Sergio Romero and Mason Greenwood.

Huddersfield's latest losing run now extends to eight games, with the Terriers now having lost an incredible 21 of their past 23 fixtures in the league. They still haven't scored more than once at home all season - failing to score at all on nine occasions. Dire stuff.

Watching Manchester United, it's debatable just home many of the players hearts are really in this now, ahead of what looks likely to be a monumental overhaul of the squad in the summer. They have lost their past three on the spin on the road, but must have an excellent chance of getting back to winning ways in this one.

United are a bit of a mess at present, but should still beat Huddersfield who are simply awful.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1 - 3 Manchester United


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  7 - 23
Shots on target: 3 - 7
Corner Kicks: 3 - 7
Possession: 36% - 64%

One booking for each side at the John Smith's Stadium, with referee Lee Mason taking the names of Jonas Lössl of Huddersfield Town and Phil Jones of Manchester United.

Oh dear Manchester United. And now they can't even beat the worst Premier League side in living memory. Poor as this result was, it perhaps doesn't quite tell the whole story. United were massively on top throughout, racking up no fewer that 23 shots and striking the woodwork twice, and in truth would have won this game on most days. Not on this day though, and credit to the Terriers who hung in there to at least pick up a positive result on their final home Premier League game.

It started well enough for Manchester United too with the visitors taking the lead in just the eighth minute. A slick passing move through midfield eventually breaking down, but the ball falling to Scott McTominay - possibly one of very few bright spots for United this season - who then rifled in and under the keeper from just inside the left corner of the eighteen-yard box.

Paul Pogba went close to doubling his sides advantage five minutes before the break only to see his header come back off the crossbar. 0-1 at half-time.

The equaliser arrived on the hour mark. A long punt forward following a United corner not dealt with at all by the United defence and Isaac Mbenza racing clean through into the right of the area before beating David De Gea low to his right. 1-1 final score.

Their recent downturn in fortunes had left them up against it anyway, but this result means that Manchester United now definitely will not be playing Champion's League football next season. No doubt the fans now can't wait for the season to end and the big summer overhaul to begin. Huddersfield move up to the heady heights of 15 points but will of course finish bottom.

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