Huddersfield vs Manchester United, 5 Talking Points
Score: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Manchester United
Goalscorers: Aaron Mooy 28', Laurent Depoitre 33'; Marcus Rashford 78')
Jose Mourinho said it best during his frank and brutally to-the-point post-match interview when he said - "We deserve the punishment of the defeat..." - Manchester United looked sloppy and slack-jawed and despite an improved 2nd half performance never really deserve taking points of a fully committed, well organized, and brave Huddersfield team.
#5. Individual mistakes cost United dear, but it's the attitude that disappoints the most
A loose, loose, Ashley Young pass - too strongly hit for Juan Mata; who in turn was bullied far too easily off the ball by Aaron Mooy - led to the Australian scoring after a 3 v 2 counter
An utterly unacceptable mistake from Victor Lindelof let Laurent Depoitre in to round De Gea and slot in the second.
Chris Smalling, meanwhile, got the ball five yards away from goal in the 94th minute completely free, took his time to make a cup of tea, read the evening newspaper, and allowed Mathias Jorgensen to get the block in...
But Mourinho refused to blame those individual errors, or any others, for the defeat. And he had a point -
"I was not expecting that [poor first half]," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "The team that started with intensity, the team playing the game of their lives, won. "I am disappointed, but the reality is they were stronger than us. I prefer to be in peace with football and to be in peace is when the best team wins. It would be unfair if I point at the players involved in individual mistakes. I would if it was in the context of a great team, but it was in the context of what we were like in the first half."
And what was that context?
"If I play a friendly with the kind of attitude we showed today, I would be disappointed, let alone a Premier League match"
Damn, right he would. United never got out of second gear and almost to a man looked lackadaisical and uninvolved in that catastrophic first half.