Huddersfield Town keeper Jonas Lossl has revealed just how they managed to beat Manchester United on Saturday.
United embarrassingly lost 2-1 to the newly promoted Terriers and Lossl says neutralising Romelu Lukaku was the key in the absence of Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini.
“They are a very, very strong team but they were missing a couple of their very big guys, Pogba and Fellaini,” said the Huddersfield goalkeeper. “We spoke about that. Lukaku was the key: we had to keep him down and then close down the spaces and stay tight between the lines so they weren’t able to play inside with Mata and Mkhitaryan.
“They couldn’t find space and sometimes it seemed like ’OK, we’re standing in confident and they don’t know what to do’. That was great.
“We are going to get beaten sometimes but if we manage to learn from those defeats and get stronger, we will get points out of these games against big teams. Because we are a strong team: we have some very good individuals, great spirit and a great leader.”
Tom Ince also pinpointed United’s slow build-up play as a weakness Town were able to exploit with their pressing game.
“When you look at United, they’re obviously a top quality side but they don’t really play with the same fluidity as Spurs or Manchester City,” he said.
“They build up the game quite slow. They like to get it out wide and we felt that if we could win the ball back and try to exploit the space the full-backs leave because they go so high, then we were able to do that.
“And we were in their face every opportunity we got, we defended our box well. I thought our game plan worked a treat and it’s a great three points.”