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EPL snapshots: Huddersfield's Wagner named manager of the month

Last updated on: September 09, 2017 14:17 IST

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner

IMAGE: Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner. Photograph: Ed Sykes/Action Images via Reuters

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner has been named Premier League manager of the month for August after guiding the club to two wins and a draw from their first three league games.

Huddersfield, who won promotion from the second-tier Championship under the German last season, wasted little time coming to terms with life in the top flight after a 45-year hiatus, beating Crystal Palace 3-0 away in their opening game.

The West Yorkshire club followed up that victory with a gritty 1-0 home win over fellow new boys Newcastle United and drew 0-0 with Southampton a week later to ensure an unbeaten start to the season.

 

"It's an honour for me to receive this award but I would like to take it for the whole club," said Wagner, who was short-listed alongside Liverpool's Juergen Klopp, Manchester City's Pep Guardiola, Manchester United's Jose Mourinho and West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis.

"I always hoped we would start well but I didn't expect it. We are happy so far but like I said it's only a start and we have to stay focused throughout the season."

Huddersfield's strong start has catapulted them to third in the table after three games and they visit basement side West Ham United in the league on Monday.

Liverpool's Senegal international Sadio Mane was named player of the month after scoring three goals in three league games for the club in August.

Mane's team mate Mohamed Salah, Manchester United trio Phil Jones, Romelu Lukaku and Henrik Mkhitaryan, Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata were the other players short-listed for the award.

Manchester City's Kompany out of Liverpool clash with calf injury

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany in action during the Premier League match against AFC Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium on August 26

IMAGE: Manchester City's Vincent Kompany in action during the Premier League match against AFC Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium on August 26. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of Saturday's home Premier League match against Liverpool with a calf injury, his manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

Kompany, who has been beset by fitness problems over the past few seasons, was injured while on duty with Belgium during the recent international break, but Guardiola said the centre back was not facing an extended spell on the sidelines.

"He has a little problem in his calf. I do not think he will be available tomorrow," Guardiola told a news conference. "The last seven, eight, nine games last season he played no problem.

"Pre-season, we took care of him and he played all three games. Now, unfortunately, we’ve lost him, but we will try and get him fit as soon as possible.”

On a more positive note for the City manager, midfielder Ilkay Guendogan is available for selection against Liverpool after an extended layoff with a knee injury.

The Germany international was injured in December but has returned to training with the first team in recent weeks.

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