Manchester United and Huddersfield will meet again after playing each other only a dew days ago in the English Premier League. But this time, these two sides will collide in the context of the FA Cup fifth round.
The Red Devils will try to bounce back from last weekend’s ugly loss against Newcastle United, and what better way to do so than reaching the quarterfinals of the Emirates FA Cup? But it is not going to be an easy game. Huddersfield are coming off a big win the last time out, and the FA Cup is their big chance to save the season since they are struggling with relegation on the EPL.
Manchester United will have several absentees ahead of this game.
Jose Mourinho announced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marouane Fellaini remain out, but they are not the only absentees. Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera remain sidelined after missing the team’s last game against Newcastle United as well. One positive news is the return of Eric Bailly. Mourinho confirmed the Ivorian defender will likely see action during Saturday’s game.
On the other hand, Huddersfield should have a decent amount of absentees as well. The Terriers won’t have key midfielder Aaron Mooy due to a leg injury that will keep him out for at least the next two games, and Michael Hefele is ill, Chris Löwe and Sean Scannell are out injured, and Alex Pritchard is ineligible for the FA Cup. The positive aspect is the return of Laurent Depoitre, who is back in training and will be in contention for a place in the squad. The same goes for Tommy Smith, who missed last weekend’s win over Bournemouth.
Manchester United’s form in the FA Cup has been stellar, although to be fair they have faced lower-tier teams such as Derby County and Yeovil Town. They defeated Derby 2-0 in the third round, and took care of Yeovil with a 4-0 victory at Huish Park the last time out in the debut of Alexis Sanchez with the team. This will the first time United faces a Premier League opponent during the tournament.
The same goes for Huddersfield, as they have faced two Championship teams, but they have not been as good as expected. They debuted in the third round with a harder-than-expected win over a struggling Bolton team, and then they needed a replay and ET to defeat Birmingham. Huddersfield won 4-1, but three of those goals came during the extra time.
The last time these two sides met, Manchester United came away with a 2-0 win at Old Trafford. However, Huddersfield won 2-1 when they played in the EPL earlier this season. Can they make it two out of two this season?
Cup ties are always hard to predict, and everything could depend on the strength of United’s starting XI. But regardless of that, United have the better squad and they shouldn’t have problems to win this game. The win would allow The Red Devils to reach the FA Cup quarterfinals for the fourth year in a row.
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