Manchester United vs Huddersfield: Mourinho in revenge mode - FCNaija
EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 02/02/2018
Following the beating handed down to them by Tottenham on Wednesday, Manchester United return to action this weekend as they welcome Huddersfield Town to Old Trafford.The Red Devils suffered their first defeat of the season to the Terriers in October – their first win over United in 40 years – and they will hope they can inflict more pain on Jose Mourinho’s side.Team NewsManchester United are likely to hand Alexis Sanchez his home debut but Marouane Fellaini is out after suffering a midweek knee injury.Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic remain long-term injury absentees.Huddersfield duo Danny Williams and Chris Lowe miss out with respective leg and groin injuries, Elias Kachunga is also still sidelined.January signing Terence Kongolo has been given the all-clear to play after feeling unwell during the week.Head-to-headThis is the first league meeting at Old Trafford since March 1972, when Manchester United won 2-0 with goals from Ian Storey-Moore and George Best.United have won seven of their last nine league and cup matches against Huddersfield, with their solitary loss coming in October's reverse fixture.Huddersfield are winless in their last 14 away games in all competitions against United, losing nine, since a 6-0 triumph in September 1930.The Terriers could complete a top-flight double against Manchester United for just the second time, having done so in 1930-31.
Match FactsManchester UnitedThe midweek defeat against Tottenham ended United's eight-game unbeaten league run. It also brought to an end a sequence of four successive league clean sheets.United have lost only two of their last 39 home league matches, with both coming against Manchester City.They haven't been beaten home and away by a promoted side since Wimbledon completed the double over them in 1986-87.Jose Mourinho hasn't a lost a home league match in February since 2002, when his then-Porto side lost 3-2 to Beira Mar in the Portuguese top flight (W19, D5).Huddersfield TownHuddersfield have lost their last four league matches and conceded 12 goals in the process.They are without a win in seven Premier League games and have claimed just two victories from their last 14 matches.Huddersfield have taken just nine points from the last possible 42.The Terriers have scored in just three of their 12 away league fixtures.Huddersfield have exactly the same record as they did after 25 matches when they were last top flight season in 1971-72; they went on to finish bottom and were relegated.The last 19 clubs to play their first Premier League match at Old Trafford have all lost - the exception being Derby County's famous Paulo Wanchope-inspired 3-2 win in April 1997.