London — Manchester United did not play with the same fluidity as their Premier League title rivals Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur, Huddersfield Town midfielder Tom Ince said after his team’s 2-1 win over Jose Mourinho’s side on Saturday.
Ince, whose father, Paul, made more than 204 league appearances for United in the 1990s, started the game at the John Smith’s Stadium as Huddersfield ended the Manchester side’s unbeaten start to the season. Huddersfield’s win, thanks to goals from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre, was their first over the club since 1952, and Ince suggested second-placed United’s slow build-up play had allowed the hosts to exploit open spaces in their defence.
"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 Man City.
"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 in behind — the space the full-backs leave because they go so high — then we were able to do that."
Promoted Huddersfield were beaten 4-0 by Spurs in September and have not met league leaders City yet.
David Wagner’s 11th-placed side will visit Anfield to face Liverpool on Saturday.
United, who are on 20 points from nine games, will welcome Spurs to Old Trafford in their next fixture.
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