Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town: match preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more


Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town: match preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more

A resurgent Manchester United welcome a struggling Huddersfield to Old Trafford on Boxing Day for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first home game in charge.

The Norwegian enjoyed a dream start to his caretaker reign as the Red Devils threw the shackles off and thrashed Cardiff 5-1 on Saturday.

Solskjaer will get a warm welcome when he returns to Old Trafford

United’s travelling fans chanted Solskjaer’s name for the much of the Cardiff trip and he can expect a raucous reception on Wednesday.

His team face a desperately struggling Terriers side who travel on the back of five consecutive defeats, including a 3-1 home defeat by relegation rivals Southampton most recently.

What the managers are saying

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Man United): “I just smile when I think about Manchester United, playing football for them, walking out at Old Trafford in front of the fans. I have never felt so comfortable than in these walls. You just feel it when you come in, like family.

“Then you see the players, and you think ‘wow, I’m actually managing this group of quality players’ That’s my job now. I want to go out and play with them.”

Wagner’s team are struggling for results

David Wagner (Huddersfield): “When you look at the season and look at certain games, some are teams you think you are going to struggle against, and (Southampton) was at home, so it was very important for us.

“A game against United also counts for three points, so three points there are as good. We honestly need to stay positive and look ahead now. We did very well against Arsenal away, so why not United as well.”

Team news

Man United striker Romelu Lukaku looks likely to miss the clash.

The Belgium international was given time off due to a private matter and missed the trip to Cardiff, where fellow forward Alexis Sanchez was absent through injury.