May 4, 2019
Manchester United will travel to face Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon in their final away match of the Premier League season. United have managed just one win and one draw in their last six matches, losing the other four. Huddersfield has lost their last six matches and risk a ninth successive defeat if the real United turn up, which is a worry.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a lot of work to do between now and the start of pre-season. Finishing on a high will be his major wish but it is no longer in United’s hands. United will need to win their last two matches and hope other results finish in their favour, despite the teams around them not winning recently, of which United did not take advantage of, again.
Huddersfield has scored just 20 goals this season, one of them an own goal, conceding more (21) in their last six matches. United has scored just three goals in their last six matches, so need to lace up their scoring boots and work hard in each match left to play. Youth might be given a chance with injuries rocking United again.
Manchester United and Huddersfield Town have played 49 competitive matches. United has won the most matches with 23 victories, drawing 15 and losing 11. United lost this fixture 2-1 last season, only winning at the John Smith’s stadium in the FA Cup. Since the defeat last season, United are unbeaten against Huddersfield in their last three matches.
Goalkeeper: David De Gea
David De Gea has been in poor form for a while now and he needs to start overcoming that. Whether his head has been turned or that his contractual battle with the club has ground him down, we may find out in the summer. Sergio Romero is injured so De Gea will start against Huddersfield, which could help build his confidence back up ahead of the final match of the season. There is a chance it could be his last at the club unless he will sign a new contract in the summer.
Defence: Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw
Diogo Dalot should feature at right-back for the final two matches of the season. It will give him the experience to become a starter next season and therefore will be good for him. Luke Shaw should keep his place at left-back. Victor Lindelof is the only available player with minutes under his belt at this moment in time and perhaps his partner in defence could be Marcos Rojo, being that both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are on the sidelines, again. Lee O’Connor could be on the bench though, which could be good for him.
Midfield: Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay, Juan Mata
Paul Pogba was not pictured in training this week, which may be something or nothing. Based on this, I have not included him in the team. He would not be a big loss in all honesty. Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay and Juan Mata could all provide the cover in a three-man midfield and Angel Gomes could replace Mata later in the match. United needs to test themselves without Pogba, as I don’t think he wants to be at this club. United need players who do.
Forwards: Tahith Chong, Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez
I think Marcus Rashford will be fit enough to lead the line for United. Romelu Lukaku will most likely be out of this match based on his hamstring injury. Tahith Chong should start the game on the right wing, adding pace and width. I feel he could play well with Diogo Dalot, who should feature at right-back. Alexis Sanchez should start over Anthony Martial, who has not really put much effort into his game for months.
Substitutes: Lee Grant; Matteo Darmian, Lee O’Connor; Juan Mata, Fred, Angel Gomes; Anthony Martial
As Sergio Romero is injured, Lee Grant should be available on the bench, if not Alex Fojticek or Matej Kovar could fill that void. Matteo Darmian is back from injury and Lee O’Connor has been training with the first team ahead of this match. Juan Mata, Fred and Angel Gomes could also play a part in the game. Anthony Martial, if available, should be on the bench based on the lack of effort in his game for months now.