Huddersfield 2 Man Utd 1: Terriers capitalise on individual errors to end Jose Mourinho's unbeaten run

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Aaron Mooy took advantage of Juan Mata's error to open the scoring for Huddersfield - Getty Images Europe

 

4:53PM

Time on ball (at full time)

4:53PM

Average touch positions (full time)

4:53PM

FULL TIME

That's it! Huddersfield have done it! The first time in 65 years that they've beaten Man Utd! 

4:52PM

90 mins +4

The ball drops to Smalling inside the box. HE MUST SCORE! But it's blocked! Huddersfield hanging on! Seconds left!

4:51PM

90 mins +3

Ince comes off for Malone. Mourinho becomes ball boy to hurry up the play, De Gea punts it forwards, Huddersfield break but Williams is offside. Last chance saloon!

4:50PM

90 mins +2

Van la Parra has been brilliant since he's come on. He wins a free-kick wide right, Huddersfield take their time over it. Mourinho looks disheveled on the sidelines, his team aren't much better. 

Van la Parra wins a corner! United don't like him at all, he's tricky and quick. Mooy comes across to protect the ball in the corner, van la Parra kicks the air as a trick and completely fools Young - that's one for the showboat YouTube reel - United clear it up the pitch and Schindler goes in with a diving header to deny Lukaku a run on goal.

4:47PM

90 mins

De Gea gets away with one! He races off his line as van la Parra chases down the ball and only knocks the ball off him! Young slides in and blocks. This is tense! 

4:46PM

88 mins

United hurl the ball into the box and Lukaku goes for the header! The goalkeeper comes out to challenge, bumps into his own defender and Lukaku, spills the ball... and it's a free-kick. That's never a free-kick - goalies need protection but they're playing the same game as everyone else and in no way was that a foul. Huddersfield are scrambling the ball away now, everyone is in the defensive third. There's no out-ball and United just keep coming back at them.

4:43PM

85 mins

Lindelof have made another dreadful error! The ball is hit high over his head and he stretches to reach the header, but only cushions it back towards Mounie. Matic can't get back to help out in time and Huddersfield have three men over! What a chance! But Lindelof recovers and intercepts.

United win a corner and Mounie is there to block and clear. United come back straight away - can Huddersfield hang on?!

4:40PM

82 mins

United are piling on the pressure! Gaps are starting to open up in the Huddersfield defence - they're getting tired now and United are throwing players forward. Young is a left winger, Valencia on the right. Everyone else attacking the penalty area.

4:36PM

GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL!

The comeback is on! Lukaku turns provider, doesn't give up on a lost cause, puts the ball on his left foot and curls a cross to the back post. Rashford heads in to set up an exciting finish!

4:36PM

78 mins

United have changed shape again to a 4-2-3-1. The three wasn't working anyway. Lingard drives down the left and is tackled, Rashford tries to ping passes together with Lukaku but gives it away.

The ball comes in from the left, Herrera is there and flicks it on! This is a chance!!! But Lossl parries it away!

4:34PM

Time on ball (60 - 75 min)

4:32PM

75 mins

Clever play by Smith. He's being chased by Rashford in his own box, waits for him to get close and then goes down under the touch. Arguably, that shouldn't be a free-kick but it's universally accepted that this is just a thing that happens. Not for me, Clive. If you dive in your own area because you're in trouble, it's your own fault. That could even be a penalty since he dives on the ball and grabs it.

4:30PM

72 mins

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Depoitre is substituted for Mounie and takes ages to leave the pitch. Huddersfield really taking their time over set pieces.

Lukaku is very nearly played in with a through-pass but falls to the floor as he stretches to reach it, then lamely suggests he might have been fouled. 

4:26PM

69 mins

Huddersfield break quickly, Smith overlaps and is so unlucky that his pass into van la Parra is intercepted by Young. Corner.

Young wins it, sends Mkhitaryan on his way and he gives it away before being tackled by Ince. The referee pulls play back for that challenge. 

4:24PM

66 mins

United still can't get the final pass right. Rashford bursts forward to get onto a through-ball that comes too late and is passed straight to the defence by Lingard. 

Matic hits a hopeful high pass forwards but it's easily cut out. Mooy is booked for a challenge from two minutes ago when he slid in late on Valencia.

4:21PM

63 mins

United aren't breaking out of their defensive shape quickly enough and Huddersfield race back to get behind the ball. Then the buildup play is way too slow and laboured, easy to predict and to defend against.

But there's a chance! Mkhitaryan gets in behind! Rashford with a lovely little turn but waits too long to play in the Armenian and he goes beyond the defence. Offside.

4:19PM

Time on ball (45 - 60 min)

4:18PM

60 mins

Rashford turns Zanka with a clever little flick and is clothes-lined but the defender isn't booked. The free-kick is bent towards the six yard box, three United players try to break the offside trap but not well enough to avoid the linesman's watching eye and the chance goes.

Young brings down van la Parra as he skips away on the right wing. Young knew exactly what he was doing there - a tactical foul.

4:16PM

57 mins

Rashford drops deep to try and influence play but again Huddersfield crowd out United and limit the space. They have everyone behind the ball working hard to close the game down. 

This is a very physical performance from United, it's lacking a creative spark and there's not an awful lot of football you might describe as... beautiful, say, going on. 

Rashford rushes a shot while wide left. 

4:13PM

54 mins

Young has a shot at goal but doesn't trouble the goalkeeper. 

 

4:11PM

51 mins

That's a bold move from Mourinho, using all his subs by half time but he's clearly not happy. Huddersfield defending deep in numbers still - space is hard to come by. Young is drifting into central positions now and even onto the right wing. I think United have switched to a back three, with Herrera the right-sided centre-back.

4:06PM

48 mins

Martial and Mata were both booked at half-time! Rashford and Mkhitaryan straight on in their place. Mourinho isn't messing about here and has told his players to sort the mess out.

4:03PM

KICK-OFF 2

We're back! What can Man Utd do to rescue this one?

3:55PM

Analysis

United don't really have options to change the game on the bench. Huddersfield are sat really deep and playing on the counter-attack, which means United can't really do the same thing, which was their strategy from the start. Now United need to control possession and create in Huddersfield's half, but they can't get Mata on the ball, Martial and Lingard keep dropping deep to get on the ball and Lukaku is the only one providing width. United looking ropey. 

3:49PM

Time on ball (first half)

3:49PM

HALF TIME

Matic has a chance to score and bends one from 14 yards towards the bottom corner but the goalie gets down to turn it behind! The corner comes to nothing and the referee blows his whistle. Two individual errors have given Huddersfield the lead, United struggling to create. They already look pretty devoid of ideas. Will we see Mkhitaryan and Rashford in the second half?

3:49PM

Average touch positions (half time)

3:47PM

45 mins+2

Mourinho has already gone down the tunnel. I don't imagine he'll be delighted with what he's seen but United are now pushing to pull one back before the whistle. A corner is headed out for a throw-in and Lingard's lofted ball back into the middle is easy to defend against. 

3:45PM

45 mins

Van la Parra does really well to read a pass from Martial to Matic, intercepts and then carries it 60 yards up the pitch, turns back and wins a free-kick. David Wagner yells "one minute, concentrate!" to his players. Depoitre is keeping the ball in the corner, Young nipping away at him to try and win it back. Corner.

3:42PM

42 mins

United's passing isn't very good and they keep gifting possession back to Huddersfield, who are just sitting back and inviting them forwards. Young tries to force a pass forward and again gives the ball away - United are too slow and not patient enough at the moment.

3:39PM

40 mins

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It looks like Kachunga is about to come off with some sort of injury. He hasn't been particularly useful today so far anyway. On comes van la Parra. 

3:37PM

37 mins

If you weren't sure, I can confirm that the home fans really enjoyed that goal. They are making a lot of noise.

United now have Huddersfield penned back in their defensive third, Herrera goes down in the area - is that a penalty?! The referee says no! 

3:34PM

GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAL!

OHHHHH what a mistake by Lindelof! That's a confidence shattering error. Lossl punts the ball long over the top, a largely pointless hoof towards Depoitre, but Lindelof completely misreads the flight of the ball, doesn't get anything on his header and completely misses it. Depoitre controls, goes around De Gea, who briefly considers chopping him down but decides against it, and slots into the empty goal. 

 Smalling desperately slides into try and stop the goal but can't do anything about it. He is not pleased.

3:32PM

33 mins

Mooy lunges in with a really poor slide challenge on Herrera but gets away with a warning, when really that should be a yellow. 

DE GEA HAS JUST DONE A SOMBRERO! That's amazing. Depoitre chases to close down the goalkeeper, De Gea scoops the bouncing ball over his head and calmly passes out to Young. The man has skills.

3:30PM

Time on ball (15 - 30 min)

3:28PM

GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL!

Aaron Mooy scores for Huddersfield! Mata gets the pass to feet but has hardly seen the ball all game and just loses concentration for a second. Mooy steals it off him, drives through the middle and gives it to Ince, who turns Lindelof inside out and shoots. De Gea parries but it falls to Mooy who finishes well into the empty side of the goal.

3:28PM

28 mins

Mata has dropped back to the centre-circle to try and get on the ball.. HE'S LOST IT! HUDDERSFIELD HAVE MEN OVER!

3:24PM

25 mins

United have a three on two! Valencia absolutely pies Ince with a drop shoulder feint and then races forwards after a clever one-two with Lukaku on the right. He has Lingard and Martial to his left but nobody seems particularly sure what to do and Valencia's attempted low switched pass comes off a defender and the chance goes.

And Phil Jones is injured again. He goes down off the ball and punches the ground in frustration. That's some sort of muscle injury by the looks of things and Jones hobbles off the pitch. 

Lindelof comes on to replace him.

3:22PM

Man Utd are dominating the ball so far

Man Utd are making the hosts do the chasing - they've had 184 touches of the ball compared to just 94 for Huddersfield.

3:21PM

22 mins

Lukaku hesitates as Martial runs into his space to attack the goal and misses a chance to get in behind the defence. The ball is moved wide left, comes back with whip and Lukaku takes it early at the near post with an acrobatic volley, but puts it wide.

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 That's Smith going in hard on Martial before their little coming together.

3:19PM

19 mins

Huddersfield are happy to sit back with a low defensive block, drawing Man Utd in and denying space by packing numbers behind the ball.

Lingard gets stuck at the corner flag and almost exactly like in five-a-side, is hacked at from behind by the defender several times, and is knocked to the floor a few times. Eventually he falls to his knees and traps the ball between his legs... and the free-kick is given against him for obstruction. lol.

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3:17PM

Time on ball (0 - 15 min)

3:15PM

16 mins

Martial trips Williams and could quite easily be booked for it. The referee tells him to be careful... this is a red card waiting to happen. 

Huddersfield win a corner from their free-kick, Jones heads it away. The home side are battling for every ball here, it's a really high-tempo, energetic start and the crowd is LOUD, roaring them on.

3:15PM

Huddersfield threaten for the first time

Following the earlier Man Utd effort, Huddersfield register their first attempt at goal.

3:13PM

14 mins

Huddersfield break quickly down the left, Valencia should be booked for trying to hack down Ince but the winger skips over it and gets a cross to the back post, which Kachunga heads back towards De Gea. There's a bit of heat to this match simmering away under the surface. 

3:11PM

11 mins

The free-kick flies over everyone and Young angrily gestures to his teammates for failing to move enough in the box.

3:10PM

10 mins

FIIIIGHT! Well, not quite, but Martial and Smith have squared up to each other off the ball, doing the whole "bring it on baby" charade. The referee stops play and books both for being idiots. 

Replays show that Martial kicked Smith off the ball after Smith had gone in high and way too hard on him with a slide tackle. That might heat things up! 

Martial knocks someone to the floor shortly after and the crowd roar for another yellow. Young comes over to tell him to wise up.

Lingard is then swiped to the ground by Schindler, who is booked, and United have a free-kick wide left. Two of Huddersfield's back four now have yellow cards...

3:07PM

7 mins

Lukaku gets his first shot on goal! Matic finds him with a ball over the top, Lukaku holds off his man and shoots across goal but without enough venom on it to really trouble Lossl.

 

3:05PM

6 mins

United pass around the Huddersfield half but are crowded out and concede possession. Huddersfield attack down the right wing but can't get anywhere, United win the ball back. Scrappy start.

3:02PM

3 mins

Huddersfield are already taking their time over goalkicks. It's just started. It looks like they're going to try and make life difficult for United today, compress the pitch and slow things down. 

3:00PM

KICK-OFF

Huddersfield get the game started.

2:51PM

What to expect

Hello everyone, welcome to our liveblog. Man Utd haven't been the most exciting team to watch in the world for their last few matches and are coming into this one off the back of a tough midweek fixture away at Benfica. Mourinho tends to keep things tight and look to steal 1-0 or 2-0 wins on the counter-attack on this sorts of occasions and has gone for the usual 4-2-3-1 shape.

Huddersfield have found life difficult in the Premier League after a decent start and defeat here could put them in the relegation zone, if Leicester win their game.

2:34PM

Starting lineups

Huddersfield

Man Utd

 

2:31PM

Preview

What is it?

It's the Premier League clash between Huddersfield Town and Manchester United at the John Smith's Stadium.

When is it?

This Saturday, October 21.

What time is kick-off?

It's a 3pm kick-off.

What TV channel is it on?

Because of the English football TV blackout, this one will not be broadcast live in the UK. However, highlights will be broadcast on Match of the Day at 10.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow live updates here throughout the match.

What does the PL table look like? 

What is the team news?

Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie will return to the squad for the home game against Manchester United.

The Benin international, who has missed the last four league games, has trained all week and could go straight into David Wagner's starting line-up.

Midfielder Philip Billing is waiting to learn whether he requires surgery on the ankle he twisted in last week's defeat at Swansea and could be out for 12 weeks. Collin Quaner, Kasey Palmer and Michael Hefele are still out.

Provisional squad: Lossl, Malone, Schindler, Jorgensen, Smith, Williams, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Ince, Kachunga, Depoitre, Mounie, Lowe, Coleman, Cranie, Hadergjonaj, Sabiri.

Pick your Huddersfield team to play Man Utd

Manchester United

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford will be fit for this weekend's trip to Huddersfield after an injury scare.

The 19-year-old limped off in the Champions League win at Benfica on Wednesday with a knee issue, but Jose Mourinho has confirmed the forward will be available on Saturday.

United midfielders Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba all remain out through injury, as does Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo. Eric Bailly is also sidelined, while Phil Jones is pushing for a return.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Rojo, Young, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial.

Pick your Man Utd team to play Huddersfield

What are they saying?

 

David Wagner:

"Maybe this is the right time, we have to make sure we are totally clear what made us strong in the past and we do not forget where we are and where we came from," Wagner said.

"We should not make (this) one mistake, and I know our supporters will not make (this) one mistake.

"Do not take the extraordinary as ordinary, do not take the unusual as usual.

"If we start to expect these things, it will cause big problems. Our clear vision is that we still have no limits, but we do not have expectations that are unrealistic."

Jose Mourinho:

"I think it's my fault," Mourinho said of the criticism. "Because people are used to my teams getting good results and winning titles.

"Other people have more time than I have. Other people have different standards than I have and that's not a problem for me at all.

"We are going to lose matches, that's obvious, and I can imagine we are going to have even more criticism than we have now. But, honestly, no problem."

What are the odds?

Huddersfield to win 17/2

Draw 15/4

Man Utd to win 2/5

What's our prediction?

Ten wins and two draws hardly smacks of crisis but all eyes will be on whether Jose Mourinho adopts a similar bus-parking mentality as in last week’s wretched goalless draw at Anfield. Huddersfield have collected three points from their last 18. Prediction 0-2

Ian Whittell