Huddersfield v Man United
Saturday, Feb 17 – 17:30pm
Huddersfield head into tonight’s match full of confidence, having claimed back-to-back 4-1 wins over Birmingham City in the FA Cup, and Bournemouth in the Premier League. The results have been just the reaction David Wagner was looking for from his players, after a series of poor performances left the Terriers dangerously close to the bottom of the table towards the end of January. Striker Steve Mounie has been Huddersfield’s stand out player over the last couple of weeks, and is expected to feature in Wagner’s starting XI tonight.
Man United suffered another set-back to their Premier League campaign when they lost 1-0 to Newcastle at the weekend. The defeat was met with widespread criticism of United’s star midfielder Paul Pogba, and centre-back pairing Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. Manager Jose Mourinho has a history of taking domestic cup competitions seriously, but could be tempted to rotate his squad today, with a massive Champions League clash with Sevilla just around the corner. With Smalling and Jones falling out of favour, Jose may opt to play defenders Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly, who returned to first team training earlier this week.
What the stats tell us:
- Huddersfield have only managed to win one of their last 13 competitive matches against Man United (D3 L9) – that win came earlier in the season (2-1).
- The Red Devils have won to of their three games with Huddersfield in the FA Cup – their most recent victory coming in 1963 (5-0).
- The last time the Terriers progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup was back in the 1971/72 season – losing all of their last five Round 5 matches.
- In contrast, Man United have progressed past Round 5 in each of their last eight attempts – the last two sides to eliminate them have gone on to win the tournament (Arsenal and Liverpool).
- Huddersfield have claimed 4-1 victories in each of their last two matches, they have not scored four or more goals in three consecutive games since 1928.
- Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in 15 goals in 15 FA Cup matches (eight goals, seven assists).
These two clubs have already faced each other twice this season, with Man United claiming a comfortable 2-0 against the Terriers in their most recent clash at fortnight ago. When Jose Mourinho’s side travelled to the John Smith’s Stadium however, they were completely blown away, and considering Huddersfield have scored eight goals in their last two games, tonight’s game could be more open than many are anticipating. Man United have enough attacking talent to see this one through, but we’re backing Huddersfield to find the back of the net.