Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town Preview

Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town Preview
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After a disastrous result against Tottenham at Wembley, Manchester United are now only above Chelsea and Liverpool by three points and now are well past any chances of the title with a fifteen point deficit behind Manchester City. Nevertheless, United must continue the fight for the Top Four and will face Huddersfield at Old Trafford and must seek some much needed confidence after such a devastating loss. 
Image result for carrick 2018Jose Mourinho may be tempted to ring the changes given the manner of the loss. There were many occasions in which the Tottenham side dominated the midfield with Pogba being caught out of position and Matic giving the ball away far too easily. Against Everton, Mourinho gave Pogba license to roam free with the use of Ander Herrera and Matic as the holding midfield and may choose to do this in bigger games but it is more likely that the Frenchman and Serbian start again on Saturday. However, Michael Carrick may have the possibility to feature in the Premier League for the first time this season and with Herrera's loss of confidence and Fellaini's almost instant knee injury, the 36 year old may have his chance for a run in the team before his retirement at the end of the season.

Image result for luke shawFor the majority of this season, Phil Jones has been exceptional and has been United's most consistent centre back for this campaign, and although he had a very poor game on Wednesday, it would be unfair for fans to forsake the England international as he should bounce back from his poor performance in no time. On the other hand, Chris Smalling ought to be substituted for either Lindelof or Rojo. He was just as poor as Jones and has been slowly declining ever since Van Gaal was sacked in 2016, despite some sprouts of form, he is no longer the stalwart defender he once was and may be let go in the summer. Likewise Ashley Young may be having a very good season but was turned inside out by Son and Trippier and Luke Shaw may be given the nod to start and give the England international a break. 

Image result for tottenham vs man utd sanchezIt is still clear to most United fans that Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez must start for the club as they are the game changers of the side. However, it should be considered whether Martial should play on the left and Sanchez ought to play on the right as while Martial is the most dangerous when cutting in on the left, Sanchez plays just as well on both sides and may be the true way of getting the best of both players.

Either way this fixture has been hailed as the perfect way for Manchester United to regain confidence with Huddersfield's winless Premier League run stretching from mid-December and should be a game in which the Red Devils will cruise through, provided they are clinical in every part of the pitch.

Predicted Lineup: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw, Pogba, Matic, Sanchez, Mata, Martial, Lukaku

Predicted Score: 4-0


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