Man United loses to Huddersfield for first time in 65 years
HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Manchester United finally lost in the English Premier League, and not where anyone thought it would.
Promoted Huddersfield won 2-1 for its first win over United in 65 years on Saturday.
Huddersfield last beat United in March 1952, just a month after Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne.
First-half goals from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre, following defensive lapses by United, gave the home side control. Marcus Rashford headed home 12 minutes from time to halve the deficit but United couldn’t find the equalizer and a remarkable roar greeted the final whistle.
“This is a very special moment,” coach David Wagner said. “A huge result for small Huddersfield Town. I am aware about it and happy about it and proud about it.
“For sure it is one of the top three moments I personally have as a manager of this club. This is a very, very proud moment. We all know how huge this win is for us, that we have beaten Manchester United.”
United remained second, five points below Manchester City, which was the only unbeaten side in the league.
“They beat us on attitude,” United coach Jose Mourinho said. “When I lose matches I like to lose because the opponent was better than us, had more quality than us. When you lose a football match because of attitude, that is really bad.
“I heard Ander Herrera in the flash interviews saying the attitude and desire was poor ... Oh my god. When a player says that, when a player feels that, I think they should all go to the press conference and explain why because I cannot explain that. I don’t even remember a friendly match where our attitude was so poor.”
There was further bad news for United as it lost Phil Jones to injury midway through the first half.
Huddersfield moved up to 10th after its first win in seven matches.
It took the lead in the 28th minute when Mooy robbed Juan Mata of possession near the halfway, raced towards goal and played through the overlapping Thomas Ince. The winger turned Jones’ replacement, Victor Lindelof, inside out to get away a shot that David De Gea could only parry into the path of Mooy to rifle home.
The buoyant atmosphere turned ecstatic five minutes later when Lindelof embarrassingly misread goalkeeper Jonas Lossl’s long ball to gift it to Depoitre, who rounded De Gea and slotted into the empty net.
Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan came on at the beginning of the second half for Anthony Martial and Mata as the rain poured in Yorkshire, with play swinging from end-to-end in miserable conditions.
Ashley Young’s wide effort was the best United could muster until the 76th when Lossl denied Ander Herrera.
Within two minutes, though, there was hope for Mourinho’s side as Romelu Lukaku swung in a cross and Rashford caught the backline napping to head into the bottom left corner.
United peppered the box with crosses in an attempt to eke out a leveller. Chris Smalling had a late effort blocked during a frantic ending.
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