Huddersfield v United: Your guide to Sunday's game
Manchester United's final away match of the Premier League season sees Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Reds head to West Yorkshire to face already relegated Huddersfield Town.
The Terriers' fate was confirmed at the end of March but they are hoping to end the season on a high before returning to the Championship. David Wagner began the season at the helm before leaving at the turn of the year and being replaced by former Borussia Dortmund II head coach, Jan Siewert.
With the Reds still in contention for a place in the top four, this is once again a vitally important game if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side want to secure a Champions League berth for next season.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of this weekend's fixture...
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE GAME?
Sunday's game kicks off at 14:00 BST on Sunday. MUTV subscribers will have access to live build-up on ‘Match Day’ from 12:30 BST, followed by live commentary. You can also follow the action on ManUtd.com and in the Official App, which you can download here.
WHAT'S THE TEAM NEWS?
Eric Bailly will miss the rest of the season and the Africa Cup of Nations after the Ivorian injured his knee in last weekend's 1-1 draw against Chelsea. Solskjaer confirmed on Friday that he hopes Eric will return for pre-season.
The manager also told the media that Sergio Romero and Mason Greenwood will miss out through injury and he will assess the squad on Sunday morning, with several members of the squad having
“little niggles” to contend with.
Marcus Rashford trained with the first team on Wednesday, despite his withdrawal against the Blues with a shoulder problem.
Phil Jones, who hasn't played since the first half of last month's clash with Everton, could also return after being sidelined with a knock while Ander Herrera is back in the swing of things after he made his return from injury in the Chelsea game.
Academy youngsters Tahith Chong, James Garner, Angel Gomes and Lee O’Connor have also been taking part in first-team training and will hope for a chance to impress in our final two matches.
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WHAT ABOUT HUDDERSFIELD?
Our hosts look set to be without creative midfielder Aaron Mooy for this weekend's match. The 28-year-old from Sydney has scored three times this season but a knee injury in the middle of the campaign sidelined him for 10 games. Head coach Jan Siewert did confirm in his press conference on Friday, however, that the former Manchester City man is back in training.
He also said that defender Mathias Zanka has a cold but everyone else will be available for the game. French winger Adama Diakhaby has also been training this week and could be involved.
Goalkeeper Ben Hamer and striker Laurent Depoitre were previously considered to be doubts with minor injury concerns.
HOW ARE THEY GETTING ON?
After surviving their first term in the Premier League, Huddersfield have found their second campaign at English football's top table a struggle and have already been relegated. The hosts began the season under the stewardship of David Wagner, the manager who got them promoted to the top flight. However, he stood down from his post on 14 January with the Terriers eight points adrift at the bottom of the league and former Borussia Dortmund II head coach Jan Siewert was appointed as his successor.
This season, Huddersfield have amassed just three wins, two of which have been against Wolves, and five draws - a record which sees them rooted to the bottom. While Siewert couldn't stop them from being relegated in March, the 36-year-old German is already getting preparations under way for next season's Championship campaign with the hope of bouncing back to the top flight at the first attempt.
AN EMOTIONAL DAY FOR THE TERRIERS
Of course, Sunday's game will be our hosts' final home game in the Premier League before returning to the Championship following relegation. It was also announced on Friday that it is set to be Dean Hoyle's last home match of his decade-long tenure as Huddersfield chairman, with a commercial agreement in place with businessman and fellow Terriers fan Phil Hodgkinson for the sale of the club. Hoyle told Huddersfield's website:
“I believe the Manchester United game will probably be the most emotional day of my life.”
ONE TO WATCH
Even though Huddersfield's top goalscorer has only bagged four goals this season, 21-year-old Karlan Grant has made a good impression for the Terriers in a short space of time. The Greenwich-born striker, who was signed from Charlton Athletic in the January transfer window, has already become their top scorer for the season in his 11 appearances for the club and has been capped at youth level for England. Grant scored his first goal in a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal before bagging a brace against West Ham and scored in Huddersfield's last home game - a 2-1 loss at the hands of Watford.
WHAT'S OUR HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD LIKE?
Our recent league record against Huddersfield is good with the Reds only losing one of our last 15 meetings in all competitions. Since our 2-1 defeat to the hosts in October 2017, United have won the rest of our matches against the relegated club, including a 2-0 win in the Emirates FA Cup fifth round last season, which was our most recent visit to the John Smith's Stadium. On that occasion, Romelu Lukaku scored a brace either side of half-time while Juan Mata had a strike controversially ruled out following a check with VAR.
The two sides met at Old Trafford on Boxing Day this season and it was the Reds that got the victory in Solskjaer's first home game as caretaker manager. There was a rare goal for Nemanja Matic with Paul Pogba grabbing a brace in the second half to secure all three points, with Huddersfield's Mathias Jorgensen pulling back a consolation goal in the 88th minute.
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WHO'S THE REFEREE?
Lee Mason will be the man in the middle for Sunday's match. The 47-year-old from Portsmouth will take charge of his first United game of 2019, having previously officiated for our goalless draw with Crystal Palace in October and our 4-1 victory over Bournemouth in December 2018.
Mason will be assisted by Harry Lennard and Scott Ledger with Mike Dean serving as the fourth official.
The penultimate weekend of the Premier League season is another jam-packed affair, with every team in action for either their final home or away game.
The Reds received a boost after Tottenham's 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth on Saturday, while Chelsea and Arsenal are both in action on Saturday. The Blues host Watford at Stamford Bridge, while the Gunners welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to the Emirates Stadium.
Here's the full fixture list...
FRIDAY 3 MAY
Everton v Burnley (20:00 BST)
SATURDAY 4 MAY
AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur (12:30 BST)
West Ham United v Southampton
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fulham
Cardiff City v Crystal Palace (17:30 BST)
Newcastle United v Liverpool (19:45 BST)
SUNDAY 5 MAY
Chelsea v Watford (14:00 BST)
Huddersfield Town v Manchester United (14:00 BST)
Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion
MONDAY 6 MAY
Manchester City v Leicester City (20:00 BST)
All kick-off times are 15:00 BST unless otherwise stated.
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