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Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal for Manchester United as they comfortably beat Huddersfield to send the visitors into the Premier League's relegation zone.


Alexis Sanchez arrived at Old Trafford from Arsenal in a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal for Manchester United as they comfortably beat Huddersfield to send the visitors into the Premier League's relegation zone.

Manchester United return to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town. The visitors made it difficult work for United with their dogged defensive tactics, but the Reds came through strongly with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sánchez. Juan Mata impressed, Scott McTominay performed confidently and Sánchez was superb once again, here are our player ratings:

 After an uneventful first half, Romelu Lukaku gave United the lead on 55 minutes with a close-range volley. Sanchez was then fouled by Huddersfield defender Michael Hefele to win a penalty and the Chilean, a January signing from Arsenal, stepped up to take the spot-kick. The forward saw his low shot saved by Jonas Lossl, but made no mistake with the rebound to double United's lead on his home debut. It was an emotional day at Old Trafford as United commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster with a minute's silence before kick-off. With Premier League leaders Manchester City drawing 1-1 at Burnley in the early kick-off, second-placed United narrowed the gap to 13 points. But it was a fifth successive league defeat for Huddersfield, who are without a win in eight league games and now sit 19th. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho revealed after the game that Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini has had knee surgery and is expected to return by the end of March. 

United felt they should have had a penalty after 20 minutes, when Terence Kongolo clattered McTominay in the area, but referee Stuart Attwell waved away their appeals and the youngster continued after receiving treatment.

Despite enjoying more than 76% possession, the home side lacked fluidity and creativity in the first half and failed to trouble Lossl, bar a long-range effort from Sanchez and an early attempt from Jesse Lingard.
Alexis Sanchez may have lost possession more often in this match than any Manchester United player has in any Premier League game this season, but he was their biggest threat and drew foul after foul from Huddersfield

Sanchez, making his third start for his new club, appeared to be getting more frustrated as the half wore on and he was booked for a petulant foul on Florent Hadergjonaj.

United started the second half with real purpose and deservedly took the lead when Juan Mata's cross was met by Lukaku for the Belgian's 19th goal since joining the club.

With 25 minutes to go, Pogba eventually came on and United soon had their second before the game petered out.

In addition to the three points which keep United above Chelsea and Liverpool in the race for second place, Mourinho will be happy with a 15th clean sheet in the league this season for David de Gea.

Munich remembered

Players and fans observed a minute's silence before kick-off

Supporters observed a minute's silence before kick-off as United marked 60 years since the Munich air disaster.

Players wore black armbands, while fans also received a commemorative book and pin.

Before the game, supporters were invited to pay their respects under the Munich plaque at the south-east corner of Old Trafford.

On 6 February 1958, a plane carrying Manchester United players and staff crashed at Munich airport with the club returning from a European Cup game against Red Star Belgrade.

Twenty-three people died, including eight United players and three club officials.

On the actual day of the anniversary on Tuesday, there will be a service inside the stadium, with a minute's silence at 15:04 GMT - the precise time of the crash.
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