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EPL PIX: Manchester United stunned by Huddersfield, lose first match of season

October 21, 2017 22:16 IST

Huddersfield Town's Aaron Mooy celebrates as he scores the opening goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League match at John Smith's Stadium in Huddersfield, England, on Saturday

IMAGE: Huddersfield Town's Aaron Mooy celebrates as he scores the opening goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League match at John Smith's Stadium in Huddersfield, England, on Saturday. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Manchester United suffered their first defeat of the season with a shock 2-1 loss at promoted HuddersfieldTown on Saturday, leaving them trailing leaders ManchesterCity by five points.

An ecstatic home crowd at a noisy and rainy John Smith’s Stadium celebrated what was the Yorkshire club’s first win over United since 1952 and one which few would doubt they deserved after a passionate display.

 

Huddersfield were without a Premier League win since August but there was no sign of any dent to the confidence of an energetic and determined side.

United pushed forward in numbers after going in two down at the break but there was a lack of fluidity and craft to their play which resulted in little real trouble for Town keeper Jonas Lossl.

Manchester United's 'keeper David De Gea wears a dejected look

IMAGE: Manchester United's 'keeper David De Gea wears a dejected look. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Jose Mourinho’s side had 78 percent of possession but just three shots on target throughout the game.

Watched by former Huddersfield and United striker Denis Law, David Wagner’s side took the lead in the 28th minute.

Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy robbed Juan Mata in midfield, broke forward, slipped the ball to Tom Ince and fired home after Ince's shot was blocked by David De Gea.

United lost defender Phil Jones to injury and his replacement Victor Lindelof was to blame for Huddersfield's second when he completely misjudged a long clearance from Town keeper Jonas Lossl allowing Belgian Laurent Depoitre to round De Gea and slot home.

Huddersfield Town players celebrate after comprehensively beating Manchester United

IMAGE: Huddersfield Town players celebrate after comprehensively beating Manchester United. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Nemanja Matic went close to pulling one back with a shot that flashed just wide shortly before the interval but at the break Mourinho gambled by using both his remaining subs --  throwing on Marcus Rashford and Henrik Mkhitaryan as he sought to change the direction of the game.

But it was not until 12 minutes from the end that United got on the scoresheet with Rashford meeting a Romelu Lukaku cross with a firm header at the back post.

Despite intense late pressure from United the Yorkshire side held on for a famous victory and one which will leave Mourinho with plenty of food for thought.

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