3 February 2018
Man United comfortably beat Huddersfield, as Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal for the club.
Jose Mourinho made some big changes to the team for this game. Paul Pogba was replaced by Scott McTominay and dropped to the bench for the first time since he returned to United in August 2016. Phil Jones, who scored an own goal at Spurs on Wednesday, wasn’t even in the match day squad. Anthony Martial was also dropped to the bench.
It was an uneventful first half, as United failed to break down Huddersfield. Jesse Lingard had an effort early on which was saved by Jonas Lössl.
After 20 minutes, United should’ve had a penalty when Scott McTominay was flattered in the box by Terence Kongolo. McTominay had to have treatment but he was able to continue.
Sanchez had a long-range effort saved by Lössl as United were restricted to half chances during the first half. Despite enjoying more than 76% possession, the home side lacked fluidity and creativity in the first half.
It was more eventful in the second half, and in the 55th minute United took the lead through Romelu Lukaku as he volleyed a Juan Mata cross into the back of the net for his 19th goal this season.
In the 67th minute, United were awarded a penalty as Sanchez was fouled in the box. Sanchez stepped up to take it, with his low shot being saved but, he tapped in the rebound to score his first goal for the club after his transfer from Arsenal in January.
In the end it was a comfortable victory on an emotional day with the Munich air disaster being remembered 60 years since it happened. There was a minute silence before the game.
Players wore black armbands, while fans also received a commemorative book and pin. Before the game, supporters were invited to pay their respects under the Munich plaque at the south-east corner of Old Trafford.
On the actual day of the anniversary on Tuesday, there will be a service inside the stadium, with a minute’s silence at 15:04 GMT, which is the precise time of the crash.
United remain second in the league, with the gap to leaders Man City narrowed down to 13 points, as they drew 1-1 at Burnley in the early kick-off.
Next up for United is a trip to Newcastle next Sunday, the 11 February.