Football: Man United slip against Huddersfield lets Aguero send Man City five points clear

Huddersfield Town fans celebrate at the end of the match at the John Smith's stadium in northern England after the team's first win over United in 65 years.
Huddersfield Town fans celebrate at the end of the match at the John Smith's stadium in northern England after the team's first win over United in 65 years.PHOTO: REUTERS
Manchester City's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus vies with Burnley's Irish midfielder Robbie Brady (left) and English defender James Tarkowski during the match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Oct 21, 2017.
Manchester City's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus vies with Burnley's Irish midfielder Robbie Brady (left) and English defender James Tarkowski during the match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Oct 21, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester United fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at promoted Huddersfield Town on Saturday (Oct 21) as Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring Manchester City moved five points clear at the Premier League summit.

Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre scored at the John Smith’s Stadium to give Huddersfield a first win over United since 1952 and condemn Jose Mourinho’s side to their first loss of the campaign.

“They have done it because of the attitude we have shown, the fighting spirit,” said Huddersfield’s German manager David Wagner.

“It’s a big, big day for everyone in Huddersfield.”

City took full advantage of United’s slip by beating Burnley 3-0, with Sergio Aguero equalling Eric Brook’s all-time club scoring record of 177 goals.

Defending champions Chelsea closed to within four points of second-place United by beating Watford 4-2, while Tottenham Hotspur can draw level with Mourinho’s men if they beat Liverpool on Sunday.

United’s defeat in rain-lashed Huddersfield followed their 0-0 draw at Liverpool last weekend and a laboured 1-0 victory away to Benfica in the Champions League in mid-week.

“The team that wanted it more won,” Mourinho said.

 
 
 

“I was surprised by our performance. I was not expecting that. The team that played the game of their lives was the team that won.”

Things started to go wrong for United in the 23rd minute when Phil Jones was forced off by an apparent hip injury, with Victor Lindelof taking his place.

Huddersfield went ahead five minutes later when Australian Mooy, a former City player, robbed Juan Mata and followed in to score after David de Gea had saved from Tom Ince.

Lindelof was at fault as Depoitre scored in the 33rd minute, failing to cut out goalkeeper Jonas Lossl’s kick, which allowed Depoitre to round De Gea and score.

United substitute Marcus Rashford headed in Romelu Lukaku’s cross with 12 minutes remaining, but Huddersfield held firm for a famous win.

City have won their last 11 games in all competitions, equalling the club record, and have scored 20 goals in their last four home games.

Argentina striker Aguero netted from the spot on the half hour after Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope was contentiously adjudged to have fouled Bernardo Silva.

BATSHUAYI LIFTS CHELSEA

Second-half goals from Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane completed victory.

“I’m so happy to continue our winning mentality,” said Guardiola.

“Of course it is not easy to win 11 in a row, so it’s good.” Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to inspire Chelsea to a 4-2 home win over Watford that lifted some of the pressure on manager Antonio Conte.

Beaten in their two previous league games, Chelsea took an 12th-minute lead when Pedro curled a magnificent effort into the top-left corner.

Goals either side of the interval from Abdoulaye Doucoure and Roberto Pereyra put Marco Silva’s hard-working visitors in front.

But Batshuayi headed in a 71st-minute equaliser from Pedro’s cross and after Cesar Azpilicueta put Chelsea in front late on, Batshuayi completed victory in stoppage time.

“The performance was a good performance because to concede the equaliser at the end of the first and then go down in the first part of the second half, our confidence in that moment was low,” said Conte.

“But my players showed me that we have the attitude to fight and change the situation and get a different result. It was very important.” Leicester City began life after Craig Shakespeare with a 2-1 win at Swansea City.

Caretaker manager Michael Appleton saw Leicester go 2-0 up through a Federico Fernandez own goal and a Shinji Okazaki effort before Alfie Mawson replied for Swansea.

Junior Stanislas teed up Andrew Surman and scored a penalty to give Bournemouth a 2-1 victory at Stoke City, who reduced the deficit through Mame Biram Diouf.

Mikel Merino’s late header earned Newcastle United a 1-0 home win over bottom club Crystal Palace, who stunned Chelsea 2-1 last weekend.

Southampton host West Bromwich Albion in the late game.