May 4, 2019
Huddersfield Town -v- Manchester United
John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield
Sunday 5 May 2019; KO 14:00 BST
Referee: Lee Mason
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 risks 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.
Form: United’s form is dire but Huddersfield are in a much worse position. It is now time for the real United to stand up and hold themselves accountable for another poor season!
Manchester United: DLLLWL
Chelsea 1-1 D, Manchester City 2-0 L, Everton 4-0 L, Barcelona 3-0 L, West Ham United 2-1 W, Barcelona 1-0 L
Two matches left to play then the season is over for United. Ever since the Paris Saint-Germain victory, the players have not been at their best. The media and pundits who are trying to make a name for themselves have naturally blamed the manager, however, it is the players who are the useless ones. They have scored once in their last four matches, three times in the last six!
Huddersfield Town: LLLLLL
Liverpool 5-0 L, Watford 2-1 L, Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 L, Leicester City 4-1 L, Crystal Palace 2-0 L, West Ham United 4-3 L
Huddersfield Town is a team in poorer form than United at this current time. Eight defeats in a row since their last win, back in February. The club has already been relegated to the Championship but they will need to play for pride if they have any left. Against this United squad though, they will probably play like Barcelona and cause more embarrassment.
Top Scorers: Huddersfield Town has scored just 20 goals this season and conceding 21 goals in their last six matches. United should be taking advantage of that with a performance we should be proud of!
Manchester United: 16 – Paul Pogba, 15 – Romelu Lukaku, 13 – Marcus Rashford, 12 – Anthony Martial, 6 – Juan Mata, 5 – Jesse Lingard, 3 – Ander Herrera, 2 – Marouane Fellaini, Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young, 1 – Fred, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling
Huddersfield Town: 4 – Karlan Grant, 3 – Mathias Jorgensen, Aaron Mooy, 2 – Philip Billing, Steve Mounie, 1 – Juninho Bacuna, Terence Kongolo, Alex Pritchard, Christopher Schindler, Jon Gorenc Stankovic, Own Goal
Team News: More injuries for United but Solskjaer has drafted in some youth to full the squad. Hopefully, some will get the chance with some players benched in their place.
Solskjaer currently has nine players on the sidelines through injury. Four of them seem to be ruled out of the match; Eric Bailly, Sergio Romero, Mason Greenwood (all knee) and Romelu Lukaku (hamstring), although the Belgian might feature. Marcus Rashford (shoulder), Chris Smalling (knock), Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones (both knee), and Antonio Valencia (muscle) will all be subject to a late fitness test.
Huddersfield Town manager Jan Siewert has four players to worry about with Laurent Depoitre (foot), Ben Hamer (knock), Mathias Jorgensen (illness), and Aaron Mooy (hip). It is suggested that Mooy could be fit for this match which really is the least of the Terriers worries as they are winless in two months and en route to a ninth consecutive defeat.
Predicted Starting XI: Solskjaer has to get the best from his squad of players. By now he should know who needs to be shown the door in the summer and which youth players are good enough for a squad place in his new United side!
Solskjaer had United purring when he first took over the club but soon after his announcement as the permanent manager, the attacking football stopped and players continued to coast through matches. This is not the identity that the Norwegian wants for United and he should not be letting the players beat them with their power. The hierarchy of the club need to back their manager, not the squad of egos.
Match Prediction: United need to start turning up for their matches, putting in the performances required of a club of this stature. We know they can play better which is why the ones now performing need to be shipped out in the summer, no matter who they are!!!
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.
Huddersfield Town 0-3 Manchester United