Manchester United will look to maintain their impressive Premier League form this Saturday. After their 0-0 scoreless draw against Liverpool last week, The Red Devils will visit Huddersfield at 15:00 BST. Jose Mourinho’s men could potentially climb to the top of the standings with a win, although they would need a loss from Manchester City – against Burnley at home – for that to happen. In any case, United must win to keep themselves very much alive on the title race as the season approaches to its mid-point.
Jose Mourinho will have several absentees ahead of this match. As it has been the case in past matches, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo remain sidelined due to injury. The Argentinian defender is reportedly back in training, but Mourinho said earlier this week that he is “at least two weeks away” from playing in a competitive match. Paul Pogba (hamstring) and Marouane Fellaini (knee) have been ruled out as well. This means Mourinho once again will have to field Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera in central midfield.
Michael Carrick (undisclosed) and Eric Bailly (muscular) are doubtful, though. Both players will require late-fitness tests to determine whether they will be available or not this Saturday.
Marcus Rashford has been deemed fit. The youngster left Wednesday’s match against Benfica with an injury, but Mourinho confirmed he is fit during Friday’s press conference.
On the other hand, Huddersfield will have their fair share of absentees as well. Philip Billing (ankle), Michael Hefele (calf), Kasey Palmer (thigh) and Jon Stankovic (knee) are all out for this one. Meanwhile, Collin Quaner is doubtful due to a calf problem. The coaching staff will decide his inclusion on the squad shortly before kick-off.
Manchester United have been on impressive form during the entire season. They are currently riding a 12-game undefeated streak across all competitions. They sit second in the Premier League standings with 20 points after eight games, and also sit at top of Group B standings in the Champions League following their previous three wins. It is hard to deny they have been one of the top teams in England, and will look to maintain themselves near the top with another strong display on the road.
On the other hand, Huddersfield have not been able to maintain their good start to the season. However, that was completely expected considering the strength – or lack of, thereof – in their current squad. Huddersfield won their first two EPL games, but are yet to win ever since. They are currently riding a seven-game winless streak, with three draws and three losses over that span. And to make things worse, Huddersfield have scored just two goals in four EPL home matches in the current term. This is not what they expected when they got promoted. And it is safe to say they are not on the best form to face one of the top squads in the league such as United’s.
Both sides are riding opposite spectrums when it comes to their form. While Manchester United remain near the top of the standings and are yet to lose in the Premier League, Huddersfield sit in the middle of the pack but are inching dangerously towards the red zone. Therefore, The Red Devils should not have problems to secure another impressive win on the road in order to put pressure to Manchester City.
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