Huddersfield beat a very poor Man United for the first time in 65 years to end United’s unbeaten start to the season.
Huddersfield were a lot more up for it than United for the whole game. But, Romelu Lukaku did have an early effort saved after being found by Nemanja Matic.
It seemed as though Huddersfield were getting into the United players heads, as Anthony Martial got frustrated after a strong tackle from Tommy Smith. Martial gave him a little kick, which led to him being yellow-carded.
United were restricted to only a few real chances. Ander Herrera had an effort from outside he box, but it wasn’t a clean connection and it went wide.
In the 23rd minute, Phil Jones had to go off because of injury, and it was clear that he wasn’t happy, as he slammed the ground in frustration. Victor Lindelof replaced him.
It wasn’t long after that substitution that Huddersfield took the lead. It was in the 28th minute through Aaron Mooy. After Juan Mata lost the ball in midfield, Mooy picked the ball up, before passing it to Tom Ince, whose shot was saved by David de Gea, but Mooy slotted in the rebound.
Five minutes later, another mistake led to another goal for Huddersfield. This time it was Lindelof who made the mistake, as he tried to head a Huddersfield goal-kick back to De Gea but, he missed the ball, Laurent Depoitre picked it up, rounded the keeper, and tapped it in.
Matic came close to halving the deficit at the end of the half, but his effort was deflected wide. That was the closest United came to scoring in the first half.
Mourinho mad a double change at half-time, bringing on Henrick Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford for Martial and Mata. Mourinho had seen enough.
Ashley Young had an effort for United early on in the second half, which went wide, but it was another effort which wasn’t really a chance.
In the 78th minute, Rashford scored to put United back in the game. From a Lukaku cross, Rashford headed in to halve the deficit and set up a nervy finale.
United nearly grabbed an equaliser right at the death which would’ve been undeserved, but Mathias Jorgensen slid in to block Chris Smalling’s effort.
According to Mourinho the best team won, the team with the better attitude. United were just not up for this game and they deservedly lost.
Huddersfield were organised throughout, and only towards the end did they allow United to have any chances. United had almost 80% possession but could only break down the Terriers once.
United had only conceded twice in eight league games before this game but, now that tally has been doubled because of this game. No side in top-flight history have ever kept eight clean sheets in the first nine games and that continues.
United are now without first-choice centre-backs Eric Bailly and Jones, which could deal a severe blow to the team as a whole. The defensive frailties were obvious in this game.
Unite remain second, but they are now five points behind Man City after they beat Burnley 3-0. Huddersfield are 10th, which is a huge achievement for the club.
Next up for United is a trip to Swansea in the EFL Cup next Tuesday, the 24 October. Next up in the league is a big game at home to Tottenham next Saturday, the 28 October. Hopefully they can get back to winning ways.