Man United fall in Huddersfield, City gallop

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Disappointed Man United players at Huddersfield

Manchester United suffered their first defeat this season on Saturday, beaten by newly promoted Huddersfield Town 1-2.

Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre scored first-half goals for Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Huddersfield went ahead on 28 minutes when Mooy reacted first to a David De Gea save and shot into the bottom corner.

Six minutes later the home side were 2-0 up when United’s Victor Lindelof, on for the injured Phil Jones, misjudged a long ball from Jonas Lossl and Depoitre was on hand to finish.

Mooy gets the accolade of his coach David Wagner

United pulled a goal back when a cross from Romelu Lukaku was nodded in by Marcus Rashford with 12 minutes to go but, despite late pressure, could not find an equaliser and fell five points behind Manchester City, the leaders.

United’s defeat at a rain-lashed Huddersfield followed their 0-0 draw at Liverpool on Oct. 14 and a laboured 1-0 victory away to Benfica in the Champions League in mid-week.

Back in Manchester,Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring City trounced Burnley 3-0 to create a five point gap from United on the table.

Sergio Aguero equalled Eric Brook’s all-time club scoring record of 177 goals.

Guardiola’s City have won their last seven league games, scoring 20 goals in their last four home games.

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

Second half goals from Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane completed City’s victory.

In other matches also played on Saturday, defending champions Chelsea closed to within four points of second-placed United by coming from behind to beat Watford 4-2 in a six-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge.

Newcastle beat Crystal Palace 1-0.  Southampton also beat West Brom 1-0.

Former champions Leicester won away at Swansea 0-1, while AFC Bournemouth also beat Stoke 2-1.

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