Huddersfield Town are travelling to Old Trafford for their Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Saturday. After a decent start to the 2017/18 campaign, Huddersfield’s form has taken a huge dip over the past couple of months. They are on a winless run, which has stretched out to 7 games now in which they have conceded 12 goals against Leicester City, West Ham United, Stoke City and Liverpool. They are entering this matchup knowing the fact that Manchester United haven’t lost twice in a league season against a newly promoted side since the 1986/87 campaign, losing both matches against Wimbledon. Manchester United have lost just two of their last 39 Premier League home games (W24 D13 L2), with both of those defeats coming against Manchester City.
They are mustering enough courage to face an even more star-stacked United lineup which has Alexis Sanchez now. In a perfect scenario, they would want to replicate the 2-1 win they got in the first leg back in October.
Ever since that famous win, David Wagner’s men have struggled to find a consistent run of wins to secure themselves a mid-table spot ahead of the final stretch of the season, taking their early run of form for granted. The main problem for the Terriers has been the lack of goals, and Wagner must choose between Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre as his best source in front of goal as he looks for greater output from his misfiring front men. So far this season Huddersfield have netted just 19 times in 25 league fixtures. Though the history of the fixture does not make a good reading for the Terriers, they will be bolstered by the fact that they won the last match against Manchester United away from home.
Wagner’s side are coming off a 3-0 loss to Liverpool earlier this week even after placing five men on the defensive end. They got completely outclassed by the Reds offence and are in danger of doing the same against United in this matchup.
Wagner is expected to field his men in the 3-5-2 formation.
Jonas Lossl is the number one choice in between the sticks. He should get the nod for this fixture. The back three might get filled up by Zanka, Christopher Schindler and Terence Kongolo.
The midfield trio should feature Aaron Mooy, Jonathan Hogg and Philip Billing.
Chris Lowe is the predicted starter on the left-wingback position with Florent Hadergjonaj on the right.
Tom Ince is expected to return to the starting XI with Steve Mounie next to him in the striker role.
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