Premier League - Huddersfield Town v Manchester United: Match preview and more

Huddersfield host Manchester United at the Kirklees Stadium for the first time in 45 years

Marcus Rashford
Manchester United will be expected to fire against Huddersfield town Reuters

Match: Huddersfield Town v Manchester United

Date: Saturday, October 21

Time: 10PM Saturday (SGT)/ 7:30PM Saturday (IST)/ 3PM Saturday (BST)

Venue: The John Smith Stadium, Huddersfield

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Jose Mourinho takes Manchester United to face Huddersfield Town on Saturday looking to rediscover the Red Devils' attacking edge in the Premier League.

United fell two points behind rivals Manchester City last weekend, with Pep Guardiola's side thrashing Stoke 7-2 following the Red Devils' uninspiring 0-0 draw at Liverpool. Having shut up shop away from home against Liverpool in their previous Premier League outing, expect Manchester United to take a different approach when they visit John Smith Stadium on Saturday.

This will be the third away game in a week for Jose Mourinho's side, after they took on Benfica in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Huddersfield have found the Premier League difficult to deal with as of late, as they are without a win in their last six matches. Worryingly for manager David Wagner, the team have only netted one goal in those fixtures too. David Wagner's side sits 12th in the table due to their impressive start to the season.

Huddersfield supporters will have been looking forward to this encounter ever since their promotion was finalised. They will create a brilliant atmosphere and, as is always the case with Wagner's teams, they will look to go head-to-head with United from the off.

Frank O'Farrell was the last United boss to take a side to Huddersfield back in 1971, and Mourinho will be hoping to put another dent in the Terriers' early optimism by racking up another three points as they look to keep hanging on to the coat-tails of league leaders Manchester City.

Team News

Paul Pogba remains unavailable due to his continuing rehabilitation from the hamstring injury which has kept him out for six weeks so far. Marouane Fellaini is also likely to remain on the sidelines as he overcomes the knee injury he suffered playing for Belgium against Bosnia-Herzegovina, while Michael Carrick is also expected to miss out once more through calf trouble.

Phil Jones was not fully fit to face Benfica having pulled out of England's World Cup wins over Slovenia and Lithuania with knee issues, but Mourinho believes the defender should be fit to face Huddersfield. Eric Bailly, on the other hand, is not expected back, while Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic remain on the sidelines after ACL injuries suffered in April. Ashley Young will probably replace Daley Blind at left-back.

Marcus Rashford limped out of the action early in Lisbon with a knock to the knee, but Mourinho is hopeful he will be able in contention on Saturday.

Both sides are without any absentees due to suspension for Saturday's fixture, and both squads are also free of players sitting one booking shy of a first ban of the season.

David Wagner has no fresh injury concerns, though he will be hoping Stevie Mounie overcomes a heel injury in time to face United, with Colin Quaner also facing a late fitness test.

Elsewhere, Kasey Palmer and Michael Hefele are out for a further month and Philip Billing has recently been sidelined with an ankle complaint.

The German boss will be hopeful of his side at least giving a good account of themselves against United, with Laurent Depoitre beginning to find his feet in the Premier League and Aaron Mooy pulling the strings in midfield. If their sturdy centre-half duo of Christopher Schindler and Mathias Jorgensen can regain the form of the opening six weeks then the home side could be in with a chance of frustrating United's high-scoring front line.

Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between these sides since the top-flight campaign of 1971-72, with Manchester United winning both games that season.

Indeed, the Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 10 league games against Huddersfield (W7 D3 L0), since a 2-3 away defeat in March 1952.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 10 league games against Huddersfield (W7 D3 L0), since a 2-3 away defeat in March 1952.

Huddersfield have failed to score in four consecutive games in all competitions for the first time since August 2004.

Predicted line-ups

Huddersfield starting XI: Jonas Lossl; Tommy Smith, Mathias Zanka, Christopher Schindler, Scott Malone; Philip Billing, Jonathan Hogg; Tom Ince, Aaron Mooy, Rajiv van La Parra; Steve Mounie

Manchester United starting XI: David De Gea; Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young; Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic; Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial; Romelu Lukaku