Premier League table: Manchester United cut Man City's lead at the top

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And Alexis Sanchez all but ensured the three points with 20 minutes remaining, scoring his first goal in a United shirt in the process. The club will also hold a commemorative service inside Old Trafford on the anniversary of the crash on Tuesday, February 6.

The 29-year-old started the game on the left with many Manchester United supporters furious at Jose Mourinho's decision to drop the in-form Anthony Martial. 'This is something that is part of my life, or part of my football culture before I become Manchester United manager, ' United manager José Mourinho said, sporting a Munich badge, on Friday at his pre-match press conference. "Ten or 11 years after, he's playing in a Manchester United shirt in an important match".

The visitors used every tool in the box to try to prevent the ball from finding the net and were extremely fortunate not to concede a penalty when McTominay was flattened by Terence Kongolo's wild challenge inside the box.

He was dropped for the first time since Jose Mourinho brought him back to Old Trafford 18 months ago.

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Mourinho and Pogba's animated conversation on the touchline during Wednesday's game caused plenty to speculate.

"We don't win the second ball on the ground - third mistake".

"This kid has a great desire to recover the ball".

"Sometimes against opponents like Huddersfield, who play so close, with so many bodies, sometimes simplicity is genius".

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Huddersfield were hard to break down.

Lossl was by far the busier of the two keepers throughout, and he was called into action again to deny Lingard twice more before half time as United continued to toil for a way through. "We were in control from the first minute, but no goals".

United had to wait until the early stages of the second half for their next clear chance, as Sanchez reached Lukaku's knock-on and saw his effort blocked by Tommy Smith. "At 1-0 I felt the game was ours".

It paid dividends on 55 minutes when Juan Mata crossed for Romelu Lukaku to steer in his 12th goal of the Premier League season.

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The Chilean tapped home United's second goal from eight yards after his penalty was brilliantly saved by Jonas Lossl in the 68th minute.