Manchester United will look to keep their top four chances alive when they visit relegated Huddersfield Town on Sunday.
With two games left in the season, United are competing to qualify for next season’s Champions League. They are currently in sixth place while Chelsea are in the fourth spot, only three points ahead of them. Arsenal are in fifth, so United will be hoping that both the London clubs will slip up. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want to take maximum points from the last two games, and the fixtures are favorable as well.
United’s form in recent weeks has not been great. The Red Devils have lost three out of their last five Premier League games. A 4-0 loss at Goodison Park was the most embarrassing one, and they are yet to win a game after that day. United hosted Chelsea last weekend at Old Trafford, in what was a massive game for the top-four scenario. They took the lead through Juan Mata, but David De Gea’s mistake allowed Chelsea to snatch a draw.
De Gea has been a consistent performer in recent seasons, but his form dropped last month. Mistakes against Barcelona and Everton preceded the one against Chelsea. Arguably he should be given the benefit of the doubt, given how good he has been for United in the recent past. Backup goalkeeper Sergio Romero is injured, so De Gea’s place in the lineup is secure.
United will round off their campaign against Cardiff next week, which is a good game on paper as well. They will hope to win both the remaining games, after no win in the previous four matches.
Huddersfield are headed for the Championship after they got relegated in March. A 2-0 defeat against Crystal Palace merely confirmed the inevitable for the Terriers. They have won just three games all season, accumulating a mere 14 points. This game will be last home game for Huddersfield, and The John Smith’s Stadium will bid goodbye to the Premier League.
The Terriers have lost their last eight games, scoring just five goals in the process. In comparison, they have conceded 24 goals in that time, which is an average of 3 per game. Their last win came in February, a 1-0 win against Wolves. Steve Mounie scored a late winner that day for Huddersfield. Mounie has not impressed since, but a young talent has emerged in the ranks.
Karlan Grant joined the club in January, but he is already their top scorer with four goals. The youngster is quick and has good goal-scoring instincts. Huddersfield have needed goals all season, and their tally of 20 scored is the least of any side in the league.
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United will be favorites in this game, and this is a perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways. A clean sheet is also highly likely for the away side in this one. It will be Huddersfield’s last home game of the season, so they won’t make it easy. Expect the total goals to be less than 2.5 in this one.
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