Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday
Last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea means that Manchester United’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season hang by a thread, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists there is still something to play for as they head to Huddersfield on Sunday.
The lack of form being exhibited by the four teams currently sat between third and sixth has kept the door ajar but it would take an incredible series of results now for them to finish in the top four.
United already sit three points and a heavy margin of goal difference behind fourth-placed Chelsea and will know that only two wins, and dropped points for the Blues and fifth-placed Arsenal, will give them a chance.
Antonio Valencia could be in contention after resuming full training this week, although a start for the departing club captain would still come as a surprise.
Eric Bailly, meanwhile, is out for the rest of the season after the knee injury he sustained against Chelsea, but Marcus Rashford should be available after departing early against the Blues with continued shoulder trouble.
Phil Jones is likely to be among those Solskjaer can select from after missing the last two due to a knock picked up in the first half at Everton.
Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to feature, though, due to a hamstring injury which will potentially end his season, while there was no sign of Chris Smalling, Jesse Lingard or Paul Pogba in training on Wednesday.
United have no outstanding suspension concerns due to the FA’s late-season amnesty on yellow cards for any players with fewer than 15 bookings.
Solskjaer could be forced into at least one change due to Eric Bailly’s absence, but Phil Jones could be recalled.
Further up the pitch, the manager will have to choose whether to stick with Juan Mata as part of his forward line amidst a string of potential absentees. If Lukaku, Pogba and Lingard all miss out then there could be returns for Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay in the starting XI.
Solskjaer is likely to make late decisions on a number of those who have missed at least part of training this week.
The already-relegated home side have a clean bill of health, leaving Jan Siewert with his best possible chance of signing off from Premier League football at the John Smith’s Stadium with a positive result.
Kick-off is 2:00pm BST (9:00am ET) on Sunday, and will be shown live in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. It will be shown on NBCSN in the United States, and on various channels around the world.
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