LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United travel to the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday for a Premier League encounter with newly promoted Huddersfield Town.
David Wagner’s side are without a win in their last six games, having scored just one goal, and conceded 10 during that time.
United forward Marcus Rashford misses out after suffering a knee injury in the Champions League win over Benfica.
Here is what the fans have to say about their respective clubs:
James Chisem, Huddersfield Town Supporters Association
“My initial thoughts ahead of the game against Manchester United are that we will probably get spanked. Then there’s the historical context – we haven’t played them since 1972. I am 28
and I didn’t think we would ever play United in a competitive league game.
“It’s exciting, it’s Manchester United and they’re a big club but what I keep saying is, I don’t care if we’re playing Mansfield or Tooting FC, I go to watch Huddersfield Town and they’re my main concern.
“My head says United will win 3-0 but my heart says the game will finish 1-1. Getting anything out of a game against them would be amazing but we’re not expecting a result. A gutsy performance would be good, though, because morale can get quite low when you’re in a bad run of form.
“David Wagner is the German messiah of West Yorkshire. He’s brilliant and he has brought this real sense of confidence to the fans, the town and the club.
“Given Wagner’s achievements at the club he is inevitably going to get linked with other jobs. He turned down Aston Villa and Wolfsburg last season, and was linked to West Ham United when Slaven Bilic was struggling.
“I can’t see him going to Leicester City at this stage in the season. It looks like a poisoned chalice. Their expectations are way out of line, not so much their fan base, but their owners.
“Leicester obviously see themselves as a top six team, no body else does and I don’t think David Wagner does either.
“We are optimistic about avoiding relegation this season. Anyone will take 17th place. Our survival in the Premier League is difficult but doable. We have surpassed expectations over the last two seasons, so I don’t think anybody will write us off.”
Paul Ansorge, Co-Host, United Rant Cast
“We’re going into the game against Huddersfield on the back of two pretty poor performances in a row. I wouldn’t be surprised if Manchester United didn’t turn up but I also wouldn’t be surprised if they hammered Huddersfield. It’s been great beating everyone 4-0 each week.
“Although United haven’t been the best side in the Premier League for a long time, they are still the biggest story. I think it’s more likely that Huddersfield will be massively up for the game this weekend rather than being star struck by our squad.
“Huddersfield Town are an amazing story. David Wagner comes across very much like Juergen Klopp, with that same incredible enthusiasm. He’s slightly easier to digest than Klopp because he hasn’t got that slightly too big for his boots vibe that Klopp has got now.
“To get Huddersfield to the Premier League in such a short space of time is a remarkable achievement. In the first month it looked like maybe they were going to stay up but now reality has started to bite and it’s going to be a long old slog for them until the end of the season.
“I would say the feeling amongst the United fans is quite divided about the moment following the last few performances and Jose Mourinho’s recent television interview expressing his admiration for Paris St Germain.
“Mourinho is halfway through a three-year contract so this is obviously contract negotiations 1.0. My Co-Host on the United Rant Cast said the other night, ‘This would be a really good time for Ed Woodward to be photographed having lunch with Mauricio Pochettino’.
“Paul Pogba is the player we miss the most from that extensive list of injuries. Pogba, David De Gea, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku are United’s best players at the moment. Pogba is the one with the most unique skillset and the player no one can replicate.
“This weekend I would love to see Martial left, Juan Mata in the middle and Marcus Rashford on the right with Lukaku upfront. Henrikh Mkhitaryan desperately needs a rest. But, none of that is going to happen...”
Reporting by Claire Bloomfield; Editing by Christian Radnedge