With their top four chances hanging by a thread, Manchester United were desperate for a Premier League win against Huddersfield last weekend. Ole Gunnar Solskjær‘s men were winless in their last four games, dropping points against Chelsea, Manchester City and Chelsea in the Premier League and failing to beat Barcelona in the Champions League.
An already relegated Huddersfield looked like a great opportunity for Manchester United to get back to winning ways. But The Terriers wanted to give the Kirklees Stadium faithful a proper Premier League sendoff.
This tactical analysis will breakdown the game’s key players and how Manchester United failed to capitalize on the chances they created.
Huddersfield started the game in a 4-1-4-1 formation, making three personnel changes from their 5-0 defeat at Anfield. Chris Löwe came into the squad ahead of club captain Tommy Smith. Löwe started at left back, pushing Erik Durm to right back. Aaron Mooy started over Jon Gorenc Stanković moving Juninho Bacuna to the holding midfielder role. Alex Pritchard started over striker Steve Mounié but played as a left midfielder. Karland Grant started up top for Huddersfield despite playing on the left against Liverpool.
Manchester United also made three personnel changes while retaining their 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield formation.