Manchester United 2-0 Huddersfield Town: Player Ratings
Manchester United responded to their defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday with a routine victory at Old Trafford against David Wagner's Huddersfield Town.
After a frustrating first-half, the Old Trafford crowd breathed a sigh of relief when Romelu Lukaku volleyed Juan Mata's cross to give Jose Mourinho's side the lead. Alexis Sanchez - making his home debut for Manchester United - made sure of the points with a rebound after his initial penalty was saved by Jonas Lossl.
Here are the player ratings from the game:
Jonas Lossl - 7
Lossl made some good saves to deny Lingard and Alexis. His penalty save was in vain, as Alexis tapped in the rebound.
Zanka - 6.5
Zanka was rock-solid at the back until United got the lead. His defensive clearances were confident and he was in no mood to give Lukaku any breathing space.
Christopher Schindler - 6.5
Schindler was also well-drilled to face the barrage of United attacks during the game. He was focused and did not concede any clear-cut chances to United.
Terence Kongolo - 6.5
Kongolo was lucky not to be penalized for wiping out Scott McTominay inside the box. Otherwise, it was an impressive defensive rearguard from the January loan signing.
Tommy Smith - 6.5
Smith pressed high up the pitch whenever the Terriers were on the attack, overlapping Luke Shaw and getting the ball into the penalty box from wide. He blocked Alexis' shot brilliantly in the early stages of the second half.
Philip Billing - 6
A yellow card and an apparent injury ended Billing's afternoon after 30 minutes.
Jonathan Hogg - 6.5
Hogg put in the yards in midfield and looked to foil United's attacking instincts during the game with some important interceptions.
Florent Hadergjonaj - 6.5
The Swiss defender played in the middle of the pitch and was disciplined in the second line of defence to frustrate United's pivots, Matic and McTominay. He switched to the right in the second half and made forward runs against the touchline to provide the visitors with some width.
Rajiv van la Parra - 6
Van la Parra made an excellent recovery run to stop Alexis on the charge. He switched flanks with Quaner on regular occasions in an attempt to unsettle United, but could not provide the quality of the final pass.
Collin Quaner - 6
Quaner played on the wing and was mostly resigned to defensive duties as Manchester United were thoroughly dominant. He tried to get the ball out across the flank to give Huddersfield some time on the ball, but United were quick to win the ball back.
Laurent Depoitre - 6
Depoitre was starved of any service during the encounter, cutting an isolated figure as the rest of his teammates stood behind the ball to prevent United from getting a breakthrough. He did do his part though, chasing after balls in hope of winning it and setting up a break.
Aaron Mooy - 6
Mooy got the ball forward on a handful of occasions for Huddersfield once they fell behind, but United's defenders were not going to be beaten by a through pass or long ball.
Michael Hefele - 4
Hefele came on to shocking effect for Huddersfield, getting himself booked and conceding a spot-kick soon after to give United some breathing space.
Tom Ince - 5
Ince was introduced to add some attacking options to a desperate Huddersfield Town, but he was easily dealt with by the hosts' defenders as he was given no room to move the ball around in the vicinity of the penalty box.