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Huddersfield Town 2-1 Manchester United, Player Ratings

The player ratings from Huddersfield Town's shock win over Manchester United

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Feature 22 Oct 2017, 09:54 IST
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The defeat was United's first in the league this season

Premier League new-boys Huddersfield Town resisted late pressure to record a famous victory over Manchester United at the Kirklees Stadium to condemn the visitors to their first league defeat of the season.

United were guilty of two individual errors -- Juan Mata and substitute Victor Lindelof -- in the space of 6 minutes to gift Huddersfield a two-goal advantage. After going two goals down, they struggled to break down a defensively resolute Huddersfield team, before Marcus Rashford halved the deficit with a header from Romelu Lukaku's cross. United piled up the pressure in the dying stages but failed to deny David Wagner's side a memorable victory - their first over the Red Devils since 1952.

Here are the player ratings from an entertaining fixture, one that will go down in Huddersfield Town's history as one of their greatest results:


Huddersfield Town

Jonas Lossl - 7

Lossl was hardly tested until the 76th minute when he made a brilliant save to keep out Ander Herrera's header.

Tommy Smith - 8

Smith was fantastic at right-back, not giving room to Ashley Young to put a decent ball in for much of the game. He made vital clearances in the late stages to help his side register an unlikely victory.

Zanka - 7

Zanka was excellent at centre-back, kept his focus intact amidst a wave of United pressure.

Chris Schindler - 7

Schindler had a solid game, marking Romelu Lukaku with near-perfection and not allowing the Belgian to find room to get a shot away.

Chris Lowe - 6.5

Although he didn't offer much going forward, Lowe was defensively disciplined and put in important challenges when the Terriers needed to get bodies on the line to protect their lead.

Jonathan Hogg - 7

Hogg carried out his duties of a sitting midfielder immensely, giving Herrera very little chance of putting a clean through-ball to open up the Terriers' defence.

Daniel Williams - 7

Williams won many aerial duels when United were resorting to long and lofted ball tactics, thus winning back possession, getting the ball away from his half and giving his defence time to shape up.

Elias Kachunga - 6

Kachunga looked lively on the wing before his game ended prematurely with an injury

Aaron Mooy - 8.5

He was influential in the first goal, dispossessing Mata before slotting home the rebound after Tom Ince's shot was saved by de Gea. Once Huddersfield went 2-0 up, he ensured that he cut out any gaps in Huddersfield's defensive shape in order to crowd Manchester United out. He covered the most distance on the pitch as well amongst his colleagues.

Tom Ince - 7

Ince helped assist the first goal as his saved shot -- after cutting in from wide -- fell nicely foe Mooy to finish. His fleet-footedness was important to help Huddersfield keep hold of possession in the United half while the defence regained shape.

Laurent Depoitre - 7.5

The Belgian forward gave the inexperienced Victor Lindelof an outing to forget, using his tall, burly figure to get right at him while receiving set-pieces and when he was in possession. The pressure paid off when Lindelof failed to clear his lines from a Lossl goal-kick, heading it right into Depoitre's path to round off David de Gea and double Huddersfield Town's lead.

Substitutes

Rajiv van La Parra - 7

Coming on as a substitute for the injured Kachunga, La Parra played a priceless role on the wing, as he was the one looking to start Huddersfield counter-attacks each time they won the ball back from United. As the game wore on, he used his dribbling attributes to frustrate the United players near the corner flag as their desperation to regain possession increased with each passing minute.

Steve Mounie - 6

Huddersfield's record signing replaced Depoitre for the remaining 20 minutes and helped his defensive unit hold on for the victory.

Scott Malone - N/A

He came on in injury time.

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