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Huddersfield Town 0-2 Manchester United

  • An impressive brace from Romelu Lukaku sent Manchester United through to last eight of FA Cup.
  • Belgium international raced through to open scoring after three minutes before finishing off ruthless counter-attack early in second half.
  • Lukaku's goals sandwiched a Juan Mata strike that was controversially chalked off by VAR.
  • Huddersfield Town: Lossl, Kongolo, Zanka, Schindler, Hadergjonaj, Billing, Williams, Quaner, Van La Parra, Ince, Mounier.
  • Manchester United: Romero, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw, Matic, Carrick, McTominay, Mata, Alexis, Lukaku.
Romelu Lukaku

Full-time: Huddersfield Town 0-2 Manchester United

Bailly replaces Lukaku, who receives rapturous applause from the away end.

Three minutes of stoppage time is almost up, but United are still making a change.

Bailly is stripped and ready to make a welcome, albeit brief return to first-team matters.

Huddersfield seemingly consigned to their fate, but they can be proud of a solid display against a ruthless Manchester United. Billing and co have found little openings in the last few minutes, but they just don't possess that necessary bit of quality needed to create clear-cut chances against a steadfast United defence.

Final change for Huddersfield - Sabiri on for Van La Parra.

Intelligent play from Martial finds Lingard in space on the edge of the six-yard box, but the attacker can't find Lukaku with his drag-back. If he did, the Belgian would surely have had a hat-trick.

Martial's introduction is quickly followed by Lingard, who replaces Mata. The Spaniard's 'goal' will have tongues wagging for a while yet.

First change for United - Martial on for Sanchez, who has still not really sparked into life as a Red Devil.

Billing's long-range is again claimed easily by Romero, whose quick sends United on a counter-attack. Lukaku feeds Sanchez, but his pass to Mata is smothered by Lossl.

The game has entered something of a lull as we approach the final 20 minutes. Huddersfield are still trying to work the flanks but are gaining little joy out of United, who have looked relatively comfortable despite having to absorb serious pressure.

Double change for Huddersfield - Smith and Malone replace Kongolo and Haderjgonaj. Both full-backs off.

Huddersfield respond to the latest setback with a corner, that is punched well away from danger by Romero.United look to break and kill the game off completely, but Mata's pass was slack.

Wonderful counter-attack from United!

Lukaku breaks from his own penalty area and finds Sanchez, whose lovely weighted pass plays the Belgian in. From there, he made no mistake. 2-0, clinical from United, who had come under serious pressure.

GOAL! Huddersfield Town 0-2 Manchester United (Lukaku)

Huddersfield win another free-kick as Sanchez trips Williams 25 yards from goal. Billing takes the responsibility from Ince, but his poor effort can only win a corner, which is cleared easily.

Haderjgonaj skips past Shaw but his cross only finds a red shirt. Huddersfield retrieve possession and win a free-kick in a very dangerous area, but Ince's effort is deflected and eventually miskicked by Van La Parra.

Smelling gives away another foul on Mounie, who has been on the end of some rough treatment from the United centre-back.

Both teams are back out onto the pitch. Tom Ince gets things underway for the second half.

VAR, unfortunately, is the topic of discussion again - and not for the right reasons.

Kevin Friend

Half-time: Huddersfield Town 0-1 Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku's goal remains the difference at the John Smith's Stadium. Huddersfield are certainly in this game but have failed to trouble Romero, who has gathered everything with little fuss.

It could have been 2-0 to United if Mata's strike was not controversially ruled out by VAR, which will undoubtedly be discussed at length once again, but at half-time it remains 0-1.

No goal! Mata has been ruled offside upon further reflection. Interesting indeed...

Mata's knee was offside, according to VAR. It stays 1-0.

A lovely low cross from Young is controlled brilliantly by Mata, who skips past Lossl and finishes into an empty net.

Referee Kevin Friend is currently waiting for clearance from VAR...

GOAL! Huddersfield Town 0-2 Manchester United (Mata)

Van La Parra wins a corner from Lindelof. Ince delivers, Romero punches and United win a foul. Coming up to half-time now, finely poised at the John Smith's Stadium.

Lukaku spreads the ball out wide to Sanchez, who fails to find Mata. The ball is then worked to McTominay but the young midfielder is marshalled well by Kongolo.

Play is stopped with Mounie down injured after being trodden on by Smalling.

Huddersfield still the better team on the whole and are trying to get some joy down the right hand side, but United seem to be carrying a bigger attacking threat as you might expect.

Kongolo surges forward and gets the better of McTominay, who trips him from behind, but referee Kevin Friend surprisingly sees nothing untoward.

Williams tries his luck from long range but the shot is easy for Romero to gather.

Williams finishes his positive run by standing a ball to the back post. It finds Van La Parra, but Romero plucks the ball from the air with ease.

Haderjgonaj then whips a low ball into the box but Mounie just couldn't connect properly. Positive stuff from the home side.

United win their first corner of the game. Mata takes and finds Smalling, who just couldn't unleash a shot. Huddersfield eventually clear.

This man's strike the difference so far, but Huddersfield have been the better side.

Romelu Lukaku

Lindelof miscontrols the ball and piles pressure back on United. They come forward through Quaner and Hagerjonaje, whose low drive is easily saved by Romero.

Huddersfield win a succession of corners, the second bounces in the box for ages before Billing's effort is cleared for a throw. Wagner's men keep up the pressure, camped in United's half, but the visitors manage to give themselves a little bit of respite with a strong clearance.

It should be 1-1! Fantastic ball from Billing plays in Ince, whose cross-cum-shot trickles past the post. Poor from Ince, who was picked out excellently by the Dane.

Claims of handball by Smalling waved away by the officials, though replays show it did strike the defender's arm.

GOAL! Huddersfield Town 0-1 Manchester United (Lukaku)

A good give and go between Lukaku and Mata allows the former to race through on goal. The Belgian checks back, brushes off the defender and finishes expertly past Lossl. His strike is met by calls of encouragement from the Terriers faithful, but it's certainly not the start Wagner's men wanted.

Romelu Lukaku gets things underway at the John Smith's Stadium. Huddersfield give away a foul immediately.

The teams are shoulder-to-shoulder in the tunnel. Kick-off just moments away.

Mourinho on Paul Pogba's illness:

"I don't know and honestly I don't care. I focus on the game and just the game and since the moment I know Paul cannot play, I don't think about Paul. After the match, not now."

Less than quarter of an hour until kick-off now. A final reminder of today's teams:

Huddersfield Town: Lossl, Kongolo, Zanka, Schindler, Hadergjonaj, Billing, Williams, Quaner, Van La Parra, Ince, Mounier.

Manchester United: Romero, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw, Matic, Carrick, McTominay, Mata, Alexis, Lukaku.

Some pre-match thoughts from Jose Mourinho:

"Here [in October] we had a couple of mistakes and we paid for that. At ours we had a very well organised wall, very difficult for us to break, but I think we played well and when we scored the first goal we kept control.

"Today they're in their natural habitat where they play more comfortably and I'm sure they'll want to try to arrive at Wembley, which is a dream for everyone."

Jose Mourinho has spoken briefly about new first-team member Ethan Hamilton and Angel Gomes, both highly thought of at Old Trafford.

"[Angel] Gomes has played for us a couple of times but, for Ethan, it's the first time he comes on the bench. I think it's beautiful for them."

Huddersfield being put through their paces before kick-off. They will need to be at their industrious best to have any chance of progressing this evening.

Just over half an hour remaining until kick-off now. A reminder of today's teams:

Huddersfield Town: Lossl, Kongolo, Zanka, Schindler, Hadergjonaj, Billing, Williams, Quaner, Van La Parra, Ince, Mounier.

Manchester United: Romero, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw, Matic, Carrick, McTominay, Mata, Alexis, Lukaku.

Luke Shaw is afforded a start as Antonio Valencia is given the weekend off, meaning Ashley Young moves to the right side of defence.

The England international is believed to be of interest to Arsenal and Chelsea, but Mourinho expects the former Southampton star to commit his future to United.

Will he impress this evening, and more importantly, will he stay at Old Trafford for years to come? His spell in Manchester has not exactly gone swimmingly.

Luke Shaw
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Mourinho will hope he and his United cohorts will leave the John Smith's Stadium with a better feeling than they left St James' Park with last week.

Scott McTominay and Michael Carrick will hope to establish dominance in the middle of the park today, and the latter, retiring at the end of the season, thinks his young teammate will replace him as United's metronome in the years to come.

"The improvement has been so great over the last six to 12 months, when we've seen him [McTominay] training with us a lot more," Carrick told United's official website.

"You can see that he steps up to every challenge that has been set in every environment. He is an athlete. He is strong, quick and very good on the ball. He has got all of the attributes to have a really good career. He just needs those breaks at the right times, which so far he has had. Hopefully he will keep taking his chances."

Scott McTominay
McTominay tipped to be Michael Carrick's replacement... by Michael Carrick. Getty

Confirmation of Bailly's inclusion. Is he being saved for Sevilla?

Four changes for Huddersfield in total. Kongolo, Quaner, Billing and Williams replace Mooy, Malone,Pritchard and Hogg.

Substantial changes as you'd expect, but strong line-ups put out from both sides.


Huddersfield Town: Coleman, Smith, Malone, Whitehead, Hogg, Sabiri, Depoitre.

Huddersfield's starting line-up in text form:

Lossl, Kongolo, Zanka, Schindler, Hadergjonaj, Billing, Williams, Quaner, Van La Parra, Ince, Mounier.


A big day for 19-year-old Hamilton, the late replacement for Paul Pogba. Mourinho will hope to be able to afford the youngster a few precious minutes along with fellow start Angel Gomes.


Manchester United: J.Pereira, Bailly, Darmian, Gomes, Hamilton, Lingard, Martial.

Eric Bailly takes pride of place on the bench for United, meaning the much-maligned Chris Smalling will partner Victor Lindelof, who comes in for Phil Jones.

Matic, McTominay and Carrick make up the midfield in the absence of Pogba, Fellaini and Herrera, while Alexis Sanchez, Lukaku and Mata make up a varied attacking trident.

Sergio Romero comes in for David de Gea, as he always does for cup competitions.

Manchester United have sprung team news early. Love it when clubs do that.

United's starting line-up in text form: Romero, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw, Matic, Carrick, McTominay, Mata, Alexis, Lukaku.


Team news is less than 15 minutes away.

Huddersfield boss David Wagner will presumably make a few changes as he keeps one eye on his side's survival bid, while Mourinho, aware that the FA Cup represents United's best chance of silverware this season, may tinker with his line-up with the Champions League clash against Sevilla in his thoughts.

United have entered enemy territory. Will they leave with a precious win?

United will have to make do without Paul Pogba, but they will be no doubt boosted by the return of defender Eric Bailly.

Bailly has not featured since the defeat to Chelsea in the first week of November, undergoing ankle surgery the following month. The Ivory Coast international is back in training however and speaking to MUTV, Jose Mourinho has confirmed his defender is in contention to make his return at the John Smith's Stadium this weekend, United's official website reports.

How big a boost is Bailly's return for the Red Devils?

The Terriers are back at home again.

Huddersfield will be without their midfield hub, but Manchester United will also be missing their prized central midfielder this evening.

Paul Pogba, scrutinised heavily in recent weeks, is suffering from illness and has been replaced in the matchday squad by youngster Ethan Hamilton.

How big a blow will that be for United?

Paul Pogba

Huddersfield Town will have to make do without influential midfielder Aaron Mooy against Manchester United after the Australia international suffered a knee injury during the Terriers' much-needed win against Bournemouth last weekend.

Huddersfield boss David Wagner believes the injury sustained by Mooy may also sideline him for the upcoming matches against relegation rivals West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur, but he is taking solace in the fact that he has a number of players who can step into the void left by the former Manchester City midfielder as he bids to recover for the home stretch of his side's battle to achieve survival.

"He [Mooy] will miss the next two games, perhaps Tottenham as well," Wagner said in his press conference, reported the Huddersfield Examiner.

"He got a cut and an infection in it which makes his spell out longer. It's good that Danny Williams is back and we have other options with Phil Billing, Jonathan Hogg and Dean Whitehead."

Aaron Mooy
Mooy sustained a bad cut to his knee after colliding with Bournemouth's Lewis Cook Getty Images

Good afternoon and welcome to IB Times UK's live coverage of Huddersfield vs Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The world's oldest cup competitions represents United's best chance of silverware this season, but they will have to be wary of the plucky Terriers who caused an upset when the two sides met at the John Smith's Stadium in October.

Huddersfield will be without a number of their injured stars against United, though, including influential midfielder Aaron Mooy - the Australia international is sidelined with a knee problem.

United will be able to welcome Eric Bailly back to first-team matters, but Mourinho's men may have to make do without Paul Pogba, who has apparently been struck by illness.

Stick with IB Times UK for the latest team news, updates and reaction to all the goings on at the John Smith's Stadium.