Manchester United ended their impressive five-game winning streak this Wednesday, when they lost 0-2 against Tottenham Hotspur. It was one of the team’s worst performances in recent memory, but they must put that loss in the rear view as quickly as possible.
Indeed, The Red Devils must switch their focus quite quickly. They must win if they want to grab their grip into a Champions League spot, and Huddersfield represents a great chance for a bounce-back performance.
Manchester United won’t have Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly. However, Jose Mourinho did confirm that their pair could return later this month. Both remain out, as well as Daley Blind (muscular problem) and Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian international picked up a knock during Wednesday’s game against the Spurs, and there is no timetable for his return yet.
Huddersfield should have a decent amount of absentees as well. Midfielder Danny Williams is out with a leg problem, and Chris Löwe has a slight groin problem. On-loan Monaco centre-back Terence Kongolo should be fit after an unspecified injury, however, so he might be a part of the starting XI. Congolese forward Elias Kachunga remains the only long-term injury absentee.
Even though Manchester United are coming off a loss, they still started the New Year on great form with five wins in six matches across all competitions. The big problem is that Wednesday’s defeat against Tottenham practically pushed the team out of the title race, as they remain in second place but now are 15 points behind Manchester City.
Huddersfield have not been in very good form of late. They are riding a seven-game winless run in the Premier League, and are inching closer to relegation. To make things more complicated, Huddersfield are coming off a 3-0 home defeat against Liverpool on Tuesday night. They currently sit just one point and one place above the bottom three. A win seems imperative for them, but it is quite hard to see them getting the three points in this one.
The last time these two sides met, Huddersfield came away with a surprising 2-1 win. Can they make it two out of two this season?
The defeat against Tottenham ended Manchester United’s winning run of five games across all competitions. However, The Red Devils have bounced back quite well after losses, winning each time they are coming off a defeat. Considering the team’s home form and the opposition’s struggles, United should not have problems to escape with the three points in this one.
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