United did what United had to do. A win that has all but secured our Premier League status for another year was secured with minimum fuss against a side that didn’t want to play, didn’t want to compete and left without the point they played for.

This is a win which should settle hearts and minds across the North East as we head into April and May. We won’t be relegated and the future is exciting and terrifying in equal measure. We have a team I can’t help but love, with the best manager we’ll likely ever have. We have an owner who is likely to damage the club if he remains a day longer than he must after the final whistle goes against Chelsea. On weekends like this, beautiful weekends where all seems right with the world as the mags have won again, it’s hard not to think about what could be possible if this football club is allowed to grow again.

Any fears that the three week break would have blunted us after the belting win last time out were soon put to bed as we started like a train. Gayle flashed wide in the opening seconds and it was all United as the half wore on. Huddersfield, with the manager who knew about the mags their manager and the stadium (lucky he did or they might have been really shite and gotten beat) stuck all of their men behind the ball and hung in through luck rather than design.

Dwight Gayle and Perez were linking well as United created a host of chances in the first period without really testing their keeper. Gayle made two great front post runs but neither his back flick or glancing header connected properly. Shelvey smashed wide and Kennedy probably should have had a pen, but Brighton and Palace both got penalties yesterday (again) so that must have been the allocation for the day for relegation threatened teams. Dwight missed two golden chances that he probably should have scored. His movement and awareness for both was great, the finish lacking. I love him. He scored so often last season and he’s been very good since January. A natural goal scorer would have had a hattrick first half and the game would have been done.

Half time came and Huddersfield will have been grateful. They had so little to offer. They didn’t even commit men to the counter attack. Being a mag, talk around us was of a wasted opportunity to put these to bed. This was echoed by a quiet second half. Huddersfield were just as poor but United seem to run out of ideas. Enter Islam Slimani and Christian Atsu. Sliamni’s first action in a black and white was to ghost beyond their back four and take the ball past their keeper. He was excellent. He looked like a £30 million player, albeit a bit rusty (probably).

The goal came and it contained all sorts of brilliance. The run from Slimani is great, there are no defenders anywhere near him. The keeper doesn’t know whether to stick or twist and ends up flapping. The cross from Atsu was great. Kennedy could shoot. When he first joined I think he shoots. 8 weeks under Rafa and he decides to pass and the finish is great from Perez, who never stopped running all day. Scenes around SJP. A huge roar befitting of the goal.

Slimani, very sensibly, decides to stay behind the goal line as after the keeper had come. If he’d have run back onto the pitch he could have been offside. Very astute by the big man.

United saw out the game without Dubravka having to make a single save all game. Three home clean sheets in a row for the big man. Lejeune was incredible. He saw loads of the ball and was happy for the opportunity. A real footballing centre back. Everyone was great but we dominated the midfield. The partnership of Mo and Shelvey. If they could add goals to their game, they’d be up there with some of the best in the league.

A massive win that has us in 12th place with many fans looking up rather than down at the moment. Rafa and the lads won’t relax with three tough games coming up before West Brom head here at the end of the month. Seven points from relegation with seven games to go. A decent goal difference to boot. It’s not over yet, but one more win should do it. I think we’ll get more than that and a few points elsewhere on top.

Another brilliant day to be a mag.

Alex Hurst


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