Tom Ince claims slow Manchester United not the same proposition as rivals after Huddersfield win
Last Updated: 22/10/17 11:23pm
Manchester United's slow build-up play allowed them to be exploited in a way their rivals would not have been, says Huddersfield's Tom Ince.
Jose Mourinho's side arrived at the John Smith's Stadium second in the Premier League and unbeaten domestically but endured criticism for defensive tactics in the goalless draw with Liverpool last weekend.
Victor Lindelof's mistake allowed Laurent Depoitre to put Huddersfield two goals ahead after Aaron Mooy's opener on Saturday though, with Marcus Rashford's goal not enough to avoid a 2-1 defeat in west Yorkshire.
Defeat leaves United five points behind rivals Manchester City and level on points with Tottenham - who beat Huddersfield 4-0 in the Terriers' last home game.
"When you look at United, they're obviously a top quality side but they don't really play with the same fluidity as your Spurs or your Man Citys," Ince said.
"They build up the game quite slow, they like to get it out wide and we felt that if we could win the ball the 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.
"Yeah, of course, it's a shock to the system for them because obviously they've come here expecting to win, but we're happy with the three points and a great day for the town."
It was Huddersfield's first Premier League win for two months and left Mourinho bemoaning his side's poor attitude.
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"Listen, the manager [David Wagner] knows that toe-to-toe we can't deal with Manchester United," said Ince.
"They have got superior players who are world-class, elite players. But all we can do is give the attitude and have the right mentality and desire to try and work for each other.
"We know that if we can cover the yards on the pitch and make it difficult for teams, make it ugly when they come here, then it gives us half a chance.
"We managed to do that, everyone to a man, and we have to continue that now."
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