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Your match preview for United v Huddersfield

Wednesday 19 December 2018 11:00

Manchester United will be aiming to spread more festive cheer when hosting Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

After three back-to-back fixtures on the road in the Premier League and the Champions League, the Reds return to Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prepares to take charge of his first home game as United caretaker manager.

The Norwegian will be hoping for a result similar to the last one at Old Trafford, with the Reds beating Fulham convincingly courtesy of goals from Ashley Young, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford or, of course, our last outing at Cardiff City as the Welsh side were beaten 5-1.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the Boxing Day clash...

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Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku are among United's doubts while Alexis Sanchez is likely to still be sidelined. There should be plenty of options available to Solskjaer.

The Terriers have been dealt a severe blow with Aaron Mooy ruled out until February due to a knee injury. The Australian midfielder is Huddersfield's joint-top goalscorer with two goals this season and had often proved useful from set-pieces. Meanwhile, Rajiv van La Parra returned to training last week after a back strain, but Danny Williams (knee),Tommy Smith (hamstring) and Abdelhamid Sabiri (broken collarbone) look set to miss out.

Since the inception of the Football League, United have faced Huddersfield Town on 44 occasions - winning 19, drawing 15 and losing 10 times. With the Terriers being absent from the top flight from 1972 until 2017, it means that our unbeaten home run against the visitors stretches back 88 years to September 1930.

The Terriers returned to Old Trafford in February and were beaten convincingly with Romelu Lukaku scoring, along with a first goal in United colours for Alexis Sanchez in a 2-0 win.

This weekend's visitors are currently fighting for their Premier League lives after surviving their first season back in the top flight. David Wagner's side are currently mired in the bottom three having won just two of their 17 fixtures thus far - at home to fellow strugglers Fulham and away to Wolves.

Huddersfield are also failing to make an impact in front of goal. The Terriers have only scored 11 goals this season, the lowest of any club in the top four divisions in England. With fixtures against Fulham, Burnley and Cardiff to come after United, these games could prove crucial if they want to secure a third consecutive season of Premier League football.

Goals: United 2 Huddersfield 0 Video

Goals: United 2 Huddersfield 0

Romelu Lukaku bagged his 19th goal for United on Saturday, before Alexis Sanchez bagged his first...

Alongside Aaron Mooy with two goals, Mathias Jorgensen is Huddersfield's joint-top goalscorer this season. The Danish defender - nicknamed Zanka after a character in the film Cool Runnings - has proved to be a useful threat in the box for the Terriers. Jorgensen got the finishing touch after throw-in against Leicester and doubled his goal tally for the season with a header against Brighton, following a poor clearance from the Seagulls. His defensive skills up at the other end of the pitch have helped David Wagner's side keep three clean during the campaign so far.

Jonathan Moss will take charge of the Boxing Day fixture. The 48-year old from Sunderland will officiate his third United game of the campaign having previously overseen our victories against Burnley and Everton. Moss has proven this season that he is not one that keeps his cards in his pocket either. So far, the referee from Wearside has handed out 58 yellow cards and four red cards including sending off Marcus Rashford in our win at Turf Moor. He will be assisted by Stuart Burt and Andy Halliday with Craig Pawson serving as fourth official.

One to watch

Mathias "Zanka" Jorgensen is Huddersfield's joint top goalscorer this season with two goals. The Danish defender has also helped the Terriers keep three clean sheets over the course of the campaign.

Eighteen of the 20 Premier League teams will play on Boxing Day with Fulham and Wolves getting a busy day of festive football under way with the early kick-off. Here's the schedule in full...

Fulham v Wolves (12:30 GMT)
Burnley v Everton
Crystal Palace v Cardiff City
Leicester City v Manchester City
Liverpool v Newcastle United
Manchester United v Huddersfield Town
Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth
Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal (17:15 GMT)
Watford v Chelsea (19:30 GMT)

Southampton v West Ham United (19:45 GMT)

Matches kick off at 15:00 GMT unless stated.

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