Terriers punish Lindelof, Mata

Terriers punish Lindelof, Mata
From ESPN - October 21, 2017

Without a win in the Premier League since August, confidence would not have been high for Huddersfield ahead of Manchester United's visit. Jose Mourinho's team had failed to win just two games this season -- collecting two draws away to Stoke and Liverpool -- with their form on the road not matching their 100 percent record at Old Trafford.

Yet it is hard to argue with Huddersfield's 2-1 win. United dominated possession but it was Huddersfield who put away their chances, taking advantage of two poor individual errors from Juan Mata and Victor Lindelof. With 75 percent of the ball, United found themselves 2-0 down with just over half an hour played.

The injury and substitution to Phil Jones was a turning point for the away team, with United's defence struggling to cope and looking uneasy for the rest of the game.

Marcus Rashford, who came on at half-time, pulled a goal back for United but Jonas Lossl had hardly anything to do over the 90 minutes. Huddersfield deserved the win and Mourinho has a lot to think about before Tottenham Hotspur's visit next weekend.


Very little for United fans to be pleased with on Saturday afternoon, although Rashford is already only four goals short of equalling his tally from last season as his good goal scoring form continues.


For all the possession they had, United hardly created any clear-cut chances. That says something about Huddersfield's defending but more about United's inability to be clinical in front of goal.

Jones' injury is a real frustration, given how many other defenders United are already without, and the lack of cover they now have. Lindelof is a long way from being good enough at the moment.

Manager rating out of 10

5 --Mourinho's decision to take the foot of the gas at Anfield, following a brilliant start to the campaign, has seemingly allowed United to stall. He has not been helped with injuries but you have to think Rashford would have been a better option from the start

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK David De Gea, 6 -- Made a great stop from Tom Ince just before Huddersfield took the lead. Could not have done anything about either goal.

DF Antonio Valencia, 6 -- Read the game well to make some important interceptions. Got down the right wing well but his delivery was poor.


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