Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man United v Huddersfield

The former Liverpool defender is backing Manchester United to return to winning ways against Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon

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Mark Lawrenson is tipping Manchester United to ease to a comfortable 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils will welcome the promoted side to Old Trafford looking to exact revenge for their 2-1 loss at John Smith’s Stadium earlier this season.

Manchester United’s surprise defeat at Huddersfield triggered a run of mixed results which allowed Manchester City to move clear at the top of the table.

The 20-time English champions are in second place in the Premier League table but saw an eight-game unbeaten run come to an end mid-week.

Top-six rivals Tottenham Hotspur were comfortable 2-0 winners against Jose Mourinho’s side at Wembley thanks to goals from Christian Eriksen and a Phil Jones own goal.

Huddersfield lost 3-0 to Liverpool on Tuesday night to succumb to a fourth-successive defeat in the Premier League to leave the Terriers a point about the relegation zone.

Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson is backing Manchester United to secure a straightforward win against Huddersfield at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

“I was there when Huddersfield ran out comfortable winners when these two sides met in October,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“It was a strange game because the Terriers stopped United from playing in every single way – but I think Saturday will be very different.

“Teams have found out that is what Huddersfield try to do to you, and it has not been working very well for a while. David Wagner’s side are on a run of seven league games without a win and confidence must be becoming an issue.”

Lawrenson continued: “United had a bad result against Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday but I think we will see a reaction from Jose Mourinho’s side at Old Trafford.

“United were punished for their lapses by Spurs, and I just do not see Huddersfield being able to do the same.”

Manchester United will take on La Liga giants Sevilla in the Champions League round of 16 next month.

The Red Devils won the Europa League title last term after a 2-0 win against Dutch giants Ajax back in May 2017.

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