Manchester United started the Premier League season with six wins and two draws from their opening eight matches.
Jose Mourinho did his best in the transfer window to turn his team into title contenders and they certainly looked like that in the early stages.
Yet when you examine the teams Man United faced in those opening eight matches, it’s not hard to get a sense that the Red Devils had simply made the most of an easy stretch.
They were inferior against Liverpool last week, resorting to ultra-defensive tactics and leaving Anfield with a 0-0 draw.
So they failed to win in their first true test of the season.
Up next was a trip to Huddersfield, who have made a positive start since their promotion from the Championship but were still expected to be no match for Mourinho’s side.
Yet we’re left to wonder just how good this Man United side really is following a surprise 2-1 defeat at John Smith’s Stadium.
David Wagner’s team raced into a 2-0 lead through first-half goals from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre.
Marcus Rashford pulled a goal back in the 78th minute and Man United teams of old might have gone on to snatch a point. But the Terriers held on for a memorable victory, their first over the Red Devils in 65 years.
Mourinho slammed his players at FT
Mourinho usually has an excuse for this kind of situation but not this time. He slammed his players at full-time.
“They beat us on attitude and when I lose matches I like to lose matches because the opponent was better than us,” the Portuguese said, per M.E.N.
“When you lose a match because of attitude that's really bad.”
Man United's tweet from before KO
And yet there was a great sense of confidence heading into the contest. At least from Man United’s Twitter account, anyway.
The club’s social media page tweeted their hope that their first ever visit to Huddersfield in the Premier League would be a “memorable one”.
It was memorable, but not for the reasons Man United hoped it would be.
Rival fans on Twitter couldn’t wait to return to the tweet, which was posted at 7:26 am, to laugh at the club.
Memorable stuff indeed.
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