Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town preview and confirmed line-ups for Premier League clash


Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town preview and confirmed line-ups for Premier League clash

Manchester United host a struggling Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford on Boxing Day as caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes charge of his first home game.

The Norwegian enjoyed a dream start to his temporary 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.

And if he wins, then he will become just the fifth Manchester United manager to win both of his first two league matches in charge, after TJ Wallworth, Matt Busby, Dave Sexton and Jose Mourinho.

Solskjaer’s 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 and one good omen for the Old Trafford faithful is the fact their side haven’t lost a home league game on Boxing Day since the 1978/79 season (0-3 versus Liverpool), winning 14 and drawing three since.

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.”

Confirmed teams

Man United: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw, Fred, Matic, Mata, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford
Subs: Bailly, Andreas Pereira, Young, Ander Herrera, Romero, Fellaini, Gomes
Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Durm, Kachunga, Pritchard, Billing, Mbenza, Depoitre
Subs: Hogg, Bacuna, Hamer, Lowe, Quaner, Mounie, Stankovic