Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United post match

      So Manchester United have finally lost a game since last season's beating at the Emirates. The loss comes at the hands of newly promoted Huddersfield Town. After a rusty draw at Anfield followed by a scrappy win at Benfica, we have finally been punished for our sloppy game play and passing. 
      We walked into the game as clear favorites but things soon went south. The first domino fell when Phil Jones had to be brought off for Lindelof, who happened to be the second domino. And within 10 minutes, we find ourselves down by two goals. For the first one, Lindelof does not close down Mooy who goes onto score. Shortly after, he completely mistimes a header and gives Depoitre a one-on-one with De Gea. He coolly rounds the keeper and scores. 
      We did press high in the second half and got a goal back, but it means nothing. These well-fought, heroic defeats have no place in a champion's history books. Today, Huddersfield were the better team and we weren't. That happens in football. But what shouldn't happen is for a team that is challenging for the title, to be the second best team for the third time this week. 
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      The game started on a rough note with three yellow cards inside nine minutes. Anthony Martial was booked for having a little spat with Smith. After which, by the looks of it, he completely lost his composure. That ruined us on the left flank as Young looked extremely shaky. And I do not mean it figuratively. He was literally shaking. On the right, Mata contributed nothing. He brought nothing going foward, he missed easy chances and overall, did not put a single foot in the right place.
      The only players who did impress me(Kind of) were Lingard and Matic. The usual scapegoat, Lingard, put in a decent shift today. After finally taking Mkhitaryan's place, he took this opportunity to showcase his talent. He worked extra hard, running up and down and almost played like a box to box midfielder. He diligently ran back to defend and tried his best to build play upfront.
      The other player who did good was Matic. The big Serbian was average in the first half but showed his true brute power in the second half. Bullying Aaron Mooy in the centre of the park, he barely let any ball reach our defensive third. While going forward, he had attempts on goal and also fed forward passes. Though it all went in vain, we know he gave it his all.
       So... what now? Individually, we have a great record on the charts but it means absolutely nothing if we're not giving our rivals a fight. To top that off, we're without Jones and Bailly for God knows how long. However, the major missing from this team is Paul Pogba. His absence is heavily felt. We lack that power and skill going forward and there isn't a good distributor of the ball. Anyway, it has been horrible. Let's just hope we move on from this. Onto Swansea...


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