Manchester United failed to meet expectations on Saturday, shockingly losing to Huddersfield 2-1. Only goalscorer for the Reds was Marcus Rashford, but it was already late for Jose Mourinho’s players to turn things around and save themselves of the defeat.
This was the first Man United loss in the Premier League season and only the second time they conceded two goals. However, poor attitude of players and uninspiring display were enough for Huddersfield to beat Manchester United for the first time since 1951.
Manchester United Clueless And Predictable
This was the biggest problem Man United had. The players started the match poorly and could not find a way to change things around. Their attitude seemed like they already thought the match was won and their attacks were toothless. Mourinho was not happy with players’ display after the match and he had a good reason.
None of the players looked too bothered about the match and Huddersfield duly punished that. The hosts knew what they wanted and how to do reach their goals. United were predictable and barely dangerous.
Huddersfield Did Not Need Luck To Win
And this is the best indicator of how poor Manchester United were. Usually when upsets like these happen, the smaller sides have to rely on having a great day, a little bit of lack and they might get a good result.
However, this time this was not the case. Huddersfield thoroughly deserved to win, they maybe could have even scored another goal and David Wagner pointed that as well. “We had to change the idea of our game, we sat deeper and wanted to break them down in transition. I can say that wasn’t luck, it was deserved.”
Lukaku Struggles Without Pogba
Another poor performance by Romelu Lukaku will not go unnoticed, but if there is anything to excuse him this time would be that the team was collectively poor. Still, we cannot turn a blind eye about him missing Paul Pogba. The Frenchman has been injured for a month now and Lukaku really needs his presence.
Man United have been missing Pogba’s swagger and leadership in attacking areas of the pitch. Jesse Lingard played on Saturday in his role but it was obvious right from the start that the Englishman is simply not up for the task. The real tasks lay ahead Manchester United, with Tottenham and Chelsea matches on the horizon, and Mourinho needs finding a solution very soon.
Phil Jones And The Bad Luck
Manchester United centre-back has been very unlucky recently. He started the new season in a great fashion, showing maybe even the form of his life. Jones looked very good and Mourinho showed a lot of faith towards him. However, the Englishman’s Manchester United career has been filled with injuries. Hi limped off during first half because of a hip injury and his replacement Victor Lindelof just showed why Jones was important.
Lindelof was horrific right from the start, being a direct culprit for both Huddersfield goals. The Swedish player will not get many chances if he continues like this. Also, the last thing Mourinho needs now is another player getting injured.