Huddersfield Town 1-1 Manchester United
Manchester United’s Premier League top-four hopes were ended following a disappointing 1-1 draw at relegated Huddersfield Town.
United arrived in West Yorkshire without a win in their last four in all competitions, but facing a Terriers side that had lost 14 games and scored only nine goals on home soil this term.
And the Red Devils heaped misery on the hosts early on when Scott McTominay put them in front following a goalkeeper error from Jonas Lossl.
However, United seemed to get sloppy as they took their foot off the pedal and were made to pay when Huddersfield levelled after the break through Isaac Mbenza.
Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Watford meant United had to win and, while they pushed for a second goal to keep alive their Champions League qualification hopes, the Terriers held out for a share of the spoils.
The result means United stay in sixth place on 66 points – four off Tottenham in fourth with just one game remaining – while rock-bottom Huddersfield move on to 15 points.
Jan Siewert made three changes from the side that was beaten 5-0 at Liverpool as Jan Stankovic, Tommy Smith and Steve Mounie were replaced by Christopher Lowe, Aaron Mooy and Alex Pritchard.
United boasted three changes from the draw with Chelsea a week ago as Alexis Sanchez, Phil Jones and McTominay replaced Romelu Lukaku, Eric Bailly and Ander Herrera.
United took the lead in the eighth minute when McTominay picked up possession just outside of the box and went past Terence Kongolo before seeing his effort somehow beat Lossl who made a complete hash of his attempts to save it.
The visitors continued to enjoy the upper hand until the 24th minute when Town’s Juninho Bacuna snapped up possession from Juan Mata and surged forwards before hitting a low drive just wide of David De Gea’s upright.
Mata almost made amends for that error a minute late as he curled a shot just wide having been teed up by Marcus Rashford at the other end.
Huddersfield’s best chance of the half came in the 40th minute when Karlan Grant pounced on a poor pass from Jones and burst through the middle but his low strike was well saved by the outstretched boot of De Gea.
United were inches away from grabbing a second two minutes later, but Paul Pogba watched as his header from a Mata cross rebounded back off the crossbar.
Huddersfield continued to look bright after the interval with Grant getting a yard on Jones before curling a strike just over De Gea’s goal from the edge of the box, before Herrera and Pogba flashed shots wide at the other end.
But the equaliser Huddersfield’s play probably merited came on the hour when Luke Shaw completely missed a long kick upfield from Lossl and it allowed Mbenza to nip through and slip his shot through the legs of the advancing De Gea.
United should have gone back in front on 71 minutes but Jones could only volley the ball over the top from a Ashley Young free-kick with the goal at his mercy.
Rashford then exchanged passes with Mata and put his shot well wide of the goal much to the delight of the home supporters.
United continued to look for a required winner in the closing stages but Lossl denied both Rashford and substitute Tahith Chong with some decent saves, before Pogba rattled the crossbar for a second time in the game with a fierce strike on 89 minutes.