Manchester United v Huddersfield Town Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 24, 2018
Old Trafford - Premier League
After finally lifting the toxic cloud of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United reign, optimism has returned to Old Trafford ahead of this game against Huddersfield. The Reds put in a stylish display to sweep aside Cardiff at the weekend, while the Terriers slipped deeper into the mire.
The teams hadn’t played for 45 years before last season. Huddersfield duly recorded a win for the ages in beating United 2-1 at home in their first meeting of the season. The Reds exacted their revenge in league and cup though, beating the Terriers 2-0 twice.
Romelu Lukaku is out of this game as he’s absent on compassionate leave, while Alexis Sanchez remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. Apart from that, Chris Smalling and Scott McTominay are the only other players doubtful for this game.
Aaron Mooy is a big miss for Huddersfield, with the Terriers’ chief creator out until the new year with a knee injury. Danny Williams, Abdelhamid Sabiri and Tom Smith are all out too, although Rajiv van La Parra and Jonathan Hogg could be available.
Manchester United v Huddersfield Town Preview and Predictions
So all it took was a change of manager after all. It remains to be seen how things will turn out over the rest of this season, and with sterner test ahead, but Manchester United scored five goals in a game for the first time since 2013, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final match in charge.
United swarmed all over Cardiff City with attacking full-backs and transitioning the ball quickly upfield, and the movement of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial was better than anything we’ve seen this season. The latter scored a delightful goal as he finished off a slick passing move, a sure sign that United’s players have a spring back in their step.
They also had more steps full stop against Cardiff. The 5-1 victory over the Bluebirds was the first time United have outrun their opponents this season. If that’s not a damning indictment of Mourinho’s toxic reign, nothing is. Faith has been renewed though with the promise of attacking football under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and the Reds are heavy favourites at 1/4 to take the Norwegian two for two.
Huddersfield meanwhile are 16/1, after they fell to a hugely disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton on Saturday. That result sees them four points adrift of safety, before a crunch clash with Fulham looming large. A point at Old Trafford would be good preparation for that, with the draw priced at 5/1.
United to win to nil at 5/6
The omens look good for United after putting five past Cardiff, while Huddersfield are struggling after only scoring three goals in losing their last five games.
Jesse Lingard to score first at 6/1
The England international put in a lively performance at the weekend, and he looked full of confidence in scoring a brace that included a nicely taken penalty.