Manchester United’s unbeaten run came to an end after a 1-2 loss against Huddersfield Town in an away encounter.
It wasn’t just the loss, but in the manner the players performed that got both Jose Mourinho and the club fans worried at the same time. Two first half goals killed the game, with United’s composure on the ball not visible, and they seemed to miss Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini badly.
United lost in-form central defender Phil Jones to injury, and his replacement Victor Lindelof had an evening to forget. Jose replied with two substitutions at half-time, and United got a goal back, but a resolute Huddersfield shut them down despite the visitors having a lion’s share of the ball.
The loss meant the Mancunian club is now five points adrift from leaders City, who thrashed Burnley 3-0 at home. Huddersfield had jubilant scenes all across after the promoted side pulled up a dream victory, preying on a lacklustre United side, whose attitude was questioned by Jose after the game.
In the closing stages of the game, Neil Wagner’s side thwarted United, and in the injury-time, goalscorer Aaron Mooy tried to launch the ball into the stands. The hosts hoped they could waste some more time with the ball going into the stands, but the player couldn’t achieve that.
There was a moment of brilliance though from Jose during injury time on the sidelines, when the Portuguese saw the high clearance heading off the pitch and ran down the touchline to retrieve the ball.
— Davide Pisu (@PisuDavide) October 21, 2017
And on wet conditions, Jose showed he has the skills to handle the ball with a sublime touch that sent the fans in a frenzy. The video went viral moments later on social media site Twitter. United fans applauded Jose and praised him highly, with some going on to say that it was the best United touch in the entire match.
Mourinho's touch sums up the match, he had the right game plan but certain mans individual performances ruined it.
— Beerus (@_HSALIAK) October 21, 2017
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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