The42 uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Click here to find out more »
Dublin: 4 °C Friday 23 February, 2018
Advertisement

Liveblog

27,553 Views 44 Comments
Share

Hello, and welcome to today’s liveblog.

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the game. E-mail aaron@the42.ie, tweet @the42_ie, post a message to our Facebook wall, or leave a comment below.

You may need to refresh the page for YouTube videos and other elements to display correctly.

Kick off is at 3.00pm.

Let’s get started with some team news…

So, today’s teams are:

Man United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Matic, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Alexis, Lukaku

Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Young, Carrick, Pogba, Martial, Rashford

Huddersfield Town: Lössil, Smith, Kongolo, Hogg, Billing, Van La Parra, Depoitre, Quaner, Zanka, Schindler, Hadergjonaj

Subs: Coleman, Malone, Mooy, Pritchard, Ince, Mounie, Hefele

So then, how do we see this one going? Remember Huddersfield were the first team to inflict a defeat on Man United in the Premier League this season when they came out 2-1 winners back in October.

Since then David Wagner’s side have kept their heads just above water in terms of the bottom three, currently sitting 17th and one point above the drop after a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Liverpool midweek.

Jose Mourinho’s side also tasted defeat on Wednesday as Spurs came away 2-0 winners at Wembley, scoring after just 11 seconds via Christian Eriksen before Phil Jones doubled the hosts’ lead.

The United boss will be conscious of keeping hold of second spot and not allowing Liverpool and Chelsea gain any ground inside the top four.

Alexis Sanchez will be an added boost until the end of the season as they battle on three fronts across the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup, but he failed to impress on his league debut in London three days ago.

Can Huddersfield get another positive result against United this afternoon?

Supporters gathered outside Old Trafford this afternoon to mark the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster.

Manchester United v Huddersfield Town - Premier League - Old Trafford Source: Martin Rickett

Manchester United v Huddersfield Town - Premier League - Old Trafford

Manchester United v Huddersfield Town - Premier League - Old Trafford

22Mins

Now then, we’re up and running. A technical error on our end saw us out of action for the last while but we’re back to business again — apologies!

United have huffed and puffed in the meantime but failed to break the deadlock. There was a shout for a penalty after Kongolo collided with Scott McTominay inside the area, however they went unheard.

Jesse Lingard has been instrumental up front in the opening 20 minutes but it remains scoreless as challenges fly in left and right and the temperature rises inside Old Trafford.

23Mins

26Mins

Chance! Alexis Sanchez is denied his first goal for his new club with a brilliant snapshot.

It was some lovely, patient build-up play on the edge of the penalty area before the former Arsenal man stung the palms of Lössl with a powerful low effort from range.

Close, but no cigar for Sanchez.

31Mins

30Mins

Brilliant defending from Terence Kongolo there as United looked to break down a resolute Huddersfield backline.

There were all sort of passes — long, short, low, high, over-the-top — but the defender jumped high and mighty to head the ball clear and eventually force a goal kick.

David Wagner’s side continue to frustrate.

33Mins

Sanchez bursts with speed and adrenaline right through the heart of the Huddersfield midfield, however van La Parra makes up the ground to stop the Chilean dead in his tracks when his side were on the back foot and vulnerable.

36Mins

The away supporters raise their voices as Huddersfield force a corner. Florent Hadergjonaj fires a cross in low and dangerous, however Laurent Depoitre fouls Matic in the area to concede a free out which David de Gea will take and end the danger.

38Mins

Chris Smalling comes close to breaking the deadlock as he finds space at the back post. He manages to produce another save from Lössl but it doesn’t matter as the England defender is flagged offside.

45Mins

Another decent chances comes Depoitre’s way after some steady build-up play along the right wing. He tries a header at the near post and succeeds in forcing a corner off Chris Smalling.

45Mins

There will be two minutes of additional time to come at the end of the first half.

45Mins

Alexis Sanchez finds himself in the referee’s book — he is given a yellow card for a late challenge on Hadergjonaj. That should be it for the first 45 minutes.

46Mins

SECOND-HALF: We’re back underway for another 45 minutes at Old Trafford…

47Mins

A first sight at goal for Alexis Sanchez, however his shot is blocked down first time after a free-kick into the penalty area caused some momentary panic from the visitors.

49Mins

Another shot at goal for Sanchez as the ball drops to his feet right on the edge of the area. His effort is powerful but has too much flight on it, as it flies over the top of the crossbar.

51Mins

It was a robust opening half in Manchester but we remain scoreless.

Manchester United v Huddersfield Town - Premier League - Old Trafford Source: Martin Rickett

Manchester United v Huddersfield Town - Premier League - Old Trafford

Manchester United v Huddersfield Town - Premier League - Old Trafford

56Mins

And at last we have a goal! It was coming for quite a while for United as they continued to apply pressure right from tip-off in the second half.

It’s an expert cross directed towards the front post from Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku is there to steer the ball past Lössl brilliantly.

61Mins

He has been under pressure over the last number of months for not being as prolific as expected in front of goal, but with that Romelu Lukaku has bagged his 12th Premier League goal of the season. Not as bad as his critics would have you believe.

62Mins

66Mins

Jose Mourinho’s side are gunning for a second now as substitute Hefele hauls down Alexis Sanchez bearing down on goal. The free-kick is 35m out from goal and a decent position for a strike on goal.

69Mins

Man United earn a penalty after Alexis Sanchez was brought down inside the area by Hefele. His initial spot-kick is saved by Lössl but the forward bags the rebound for his first goal at his new club. Double delight for the hosts and it’s 2-0.

81Mins

Huddersfield still going at it via Smith but Marcus Rashford tracks back to get a strong challenge in and end the danger at its source along the left touchline. The result seems all but inevitable here but David Wagner’s charges continue to push forward in search of halving the deficit.

84Mins

88Mins

Almost a third to wrap things up for Jose Mourinho’s side. Anthony Martial has proven his worth as an impact sub on more than one occasion this season.

He was instrumental linking up with Sanchez and Rashford in the opposition final third, however Huddersfield recover to clear.

90Mins

There will be three minutes of additional time to come at the end of the first half.

COMMENTS (44)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

Leave a commentcancel