For the first half-hour on Sunday, Huddersfield Town’s ineptitude more than lived up to the hype. Manchester United looked on the way to an easy victory, possibly even tightening up the goal difference deficit with their top four rivals. By game’s end, though, United’s season was all but over.
The Reds dominated from the off, swarming all over their hosts and jumping out to a deserved lead. But Huddersfield quietly wormed their way back into the contest, forcing United to settle for a single point against one of the worst teams in Premier League history.
David De Gea: 6
Probably could have done better on Isaac Mbenza’s equalizer, but also pulled off several nice saves to keep the damage to a minimum.
Ashley Young: 6
The United captain didn’t get forward as much as you’d expect against a poor team. Some dangerous crosses — including one that Phil Jones squandered in front of goal. Late move to center back.
Victor Lindelöf: 7
Shut the door on several dangerous moments for Huddersfield Town. Straight down the tunnel after his late removal — hopefully not a sign of injury.
Phil Jones: 3
A lot of questionable passes, one of which nearly handed Huddersfield an early equalizer. Later on, Jones badly missed on a golden chance to regain the lead. Yellow card for a wild challenge on Jonathan Hogg.
Luke Shaw: 3
A lot of action came down his side. Huge breakdown on Huddersfield’s equalizer, completely whiffing on his clearance attempt and setting Mbenza free on the United goal.
Nemanja Matić: 5
Odd selection, as this match didn’t really call for Matić’s skillset. Quiet while on the pitch, limited mostly to simple passes. Substituted early in the second half.
Scott McTominay: 7
Scored the opener — with a little help from Jonas Lossl in goal. Still, his fancy footwork and strong shot forced the keeper into a big mistake. McTominay fought hard in all areas.
Paul Pogba: 6
Twice denied by the crossbar.
Juan Mata: 6
Some nice passes, but never delivered a killer ball into the box. Mata curled a shot just wide of Lossl’s post.
Alexis Sánchez: 3
His first start in two months lasted less than an hour. Alexis showed flashes of his former self, outmuscling opposing players and getting on the ball in attack, but with no end product. Noticeably faded, then removed with another injury.
Marcus Rashford: 4
As always, Rashford troubled the Huddersfield backline with his pace, but struggled to convert that into shots and goals. Two moments sum up his day — a terrible miskew well wide of goal; and a hard-hit effort at the death that Lossl easily blocked.
Ander Herrera (Sub, 54’): 6
Big boost of energy in midfield.
Tahith Chong (Sub, 54’): 6
Forced a nice save, although he looked to be well offside. Good experience for the 19 year-old.
Diogo Dalot (Sub, 83’): N/R
Crossed to McTominay for a late chance.