Manchester United are coming back from a trip to Lisbon on Wednesday night where they beat Benfica 1-0 in the Champions League, to face Huddersfield Town in their third successive away game in all competitions.
Jose Mourinho has a wealth of defenders and attacking midfielders to rotate his side to prevent fatigue kicking in after a busy run of games but Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera will have to start in centre midfield due to Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick being out with injury.
Romelu Lukaku only played 25 minutes over the international break so there’s no reason for the striker to be tired, but he has had back-to-back anonymous games heading into this weeknd’s trip to Yorkshire. Perhaps the Belgian striker will hit back with a couple of goals on Saturday?
Anthony Martial should start on the left wing following a knock picked up by Marcus Rashford on Wednesday. The French international should be looking to run at Huddersfield’s compact defence, whilst full-backs Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia should have freedom to bomb on and put crosses into the box.
Huddersfield have failed to score in each of their previous three Premier League outings since mid-September. This includes being thrashed 0-4 at home by Tottenham Hotspur and then beaten 2-0 at Swansea City last weekend.
The Terriers are only averaging three attempts per game, one of the most impotent attacks in the Premier League, whilst Manchester United have kept clean sheets in seven of their eight Premier League games so far this season. It all points to another shut out from David de Gea again this weekend.
United will dictate this game and despite lacking much firepower in their two games since the international break I think this will be the game they get back to their scoring ways.