Match Preview – Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United

Manchester United travel to Huddersfield Town knowing only a win will do to ensure their hopes of finishing in the top four stay alive.

A dismal run of form has left Manchester United sixth in the table and three points behind Chelsea in the race for fourth.

However, Tottenham’s defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday means a win for United would close the gap on them to two and take the race for the top four to the final day.

That should be motivation enough for United, who will be confident of ending their three-game winless run in the league against Huddersfield.

Its been a miserable campaign for the Terriers. They have amassed just 14 points and suffered one of the worst relegations in recent years.

They are merely waiting for the season to finish and will be hoping this game does not end as severely as recent meetings with Liverpool and Tottenham did.

Team News

Manchester United will be without Eric Bailly, whose season has come to a premature end with a knee injury.

They are also likely to wait on late fitness tests for Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, and Jesse Lingard, as well as Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. Marcus Rashford has returned from injury, though.

Huddersfield have Laurent Depoitre fit again, while Aaron Mooy and Ben Hamer returned to training this week.

Matias Jorgensen will definitely miss the game, though, as he’s picked up an illness that rules him out.

What the managers said

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 24: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says United are planning in the belief they’ll be in the Champions League next season.

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“In long-term planning, we have to think about being in the Champions League next year and the fact we might not be [in it],” He said.

“You would be surprised how many players’ agents have been telling us their players would love to be a part of Manchester United in the future.

“That is the lure and the potential and size of the club. We will get back to the good days.”

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Jan Siewert of Huddersfield Town. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Likewise, Jan Siewert’s focus was on the future and his plans to change the squad next season.

“We have an idea how we can transform and improve this squad,” he said.

“I have a clear idea how we should go ahead next season. There could be some players who play their last home game for the club on Sunday. We have a lot to fight for.”

Stats

The omens are not good for Huddersfield. Not only have they earned just four points from the past 23 league fixtures they can set a new club record of nine consecutive league defeats.

Huddersfield have scored just nine home league goals this season. In top-flight history, no side has ever failed to reach double figures.

Yet, Manchester United have gone 13 league and cup matches without a clean sheet, the club’s longest run since a 16-game streak in 1970.

The Red Devils have not won their final away fixture of the season since beating Sunderland in 2012.

David de Gea has made three errors leading to goals in his last four games in all competitions. That’s as many as in his previous 123 appearances.

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