Huddersfield Town forward Tom Ince has claimed that Manchester United lack the fluidity that Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur showed against the Terriers.
The Englishman admitted the quality of Man United, but described them a slow, a weakness Huddersfield evidenced on Saturday afternoon with a 2–1 shock loss for United.
The Reds lacked penetration and pace, as well as creativity, at the John Smith’s Stadium, while also making defence mistakes to allow Huddersfield to capitalise.
“When you look at United, they’re obviously a top quality side,” Ince said. “But they don’t really play with the same fluidity as your Spurs or your Man Citys.”
“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.”
United have shown their pace and ability to breakdown the defence of the season, with a number 4–0 victories, including against Everton, Crystal Palace, Swansea City and West Ham United.
The Reds struggled to break down Huddersfield, and created very few chances in midweek against Portuguese champions Benfica in a 1–0 win in the UEFA Champions League.
“Listen, the manager knows that toe-to-toe we can’t deal with Manchester United,” Ince continued.
“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.”