Manchester United reaching the FA Cup fifth round is nothing new for Red Devils fans all over the globe, but for our opponents, Huddersfield Town, well, they’ll be cherishing every single second of it.
Ahead of today’s game against David Wagner’s hard-working side, we caught up with John from Terrier Blog; an excellent Huddersfield Town blog.
Amongst the topic of discussion was a warning to look out for Steve Mounie during Saturday’s game, whether John would prefer lifting the FA Cup over Premier League survival, and the one player he’d take at Old Trafford if money were no object. Enjoy!
Jordan@Old Trafford Faithful: First of all, tell us a bit about yourself, your support for Huddersfield and Terrier Blog as a whole?
John@Terrier Blog: Well, I started supporting Huddersfield at the tender age of 13. My first game was a dramatic 3-2 win over Scunthorpe United in League Two. Two goals in the final 5 minutes made it feel like Old Trafford. I was hooked ever since.
I started blogging about Town in 2012 when we were gunning for promotion from League One, and the site has grown ever since then.
Jordan@Old Trafford Faithful: How good does it feel being in the Premier League?
John@Terrier Blog: Great! When I was younger it was frustrating telling someone who I supported. They’d look at me in a dazed way and say, “Are they in League One/Two?” Now everyone knows who we are, which is amazing.
Jordan@Old Trafford Faithful: Dare I ask, what’s been the highlight of your season so far?
John@Terrier Blog: Well, it’s hard to look past beating Rotherham in the cup… In all seriousness, it had to be that game against your lot. Beating Manchester United was massive! I’ve seen us lose to Stockport, Darlington and Torquay, so to beat one of the biggest teams in the world was huge!
Jordan@Old Trafford Faithful: Who’s the player United must keep an eye on in Saturday’s game?
John@Terrier Blog: Aaron Mooy is our main man in midfield, but he’s injured unfortunately. So I’d be looking out for Mounie. The Beninese striker seems to have rediscovered his mojo recently and looks dangerous whenever he gets the ball. He’s great in the air too, so watch out for him at corners and free-kicks.
Jordan@Old Trafford Faithful: I was at the league meeting between the two sides back in October, you’re a noisy lot! Do you feel the fans have made a real difference this season?
John@Terrier Blog: Absolutely. What the Huddersfield Town Supporters Association and the club have done is fantastic. The club and the fans have a real connection and the backing from the stands certainly helps on the pitch. Unfortunately on Saturday, United will have the entire South Stand meaning our singing section will be dispersed all around the ground. So prepare yourselves for an atmosphere more akin to Old Trafford, quiet.
Jordan@Old Trafford Faithful: I have to say, David Wagner seems a great manager. I was impressed after he condemned Van La Parra’s actions at Old Trafford when he shot back to his feet as soon as the ball came near him when pretending to be injured, should the Terriers stick with him even if Huddersfield go down?
John@Terrier Blog: 100%. He’s the best manager I’ve ever seen at Huddersfield and I wouldn’t trust anyone else to bring us straight back up. Van La Parra is a bit of an oddball really. He’s a good player, but he’s very frustrating. Wagner’s fined him before for back-chatting referees and diving.
Jordan@Old Trafford Faithful: Money being no object, if you could pick one United player to join Huddersfield, who would it be and why?
John@Terrier Blog: David De Gea. He might not be the obvious choice for most fans, but when you look at our position in the league, it’s clear that our ‘keeper is quite busy most weeks. De Gea is a magnificent ‘keeper and I’m sure he would gain us 5-10 points a season.
Jordan@Old Trafford Faithful: Would you want to win the FA Cup or retain your Premier League status? You can only choose one!
John@Terrier Blog: FA Cup every day of the week. Just ask Portsmouth fans how much their FA Cup win means to them. The Premier League is great, but in 50 years’ time, I won’t be telling my kids about beating West Brom to ensure Premier League survival.
Jordan@Old Trafford Faithful: Finally, could you give us a score prediction?
John@Terrier Blog: I’ll go for 3-1 United.
Jordan@Old Trafford Faithful: Great, thanks John, good luck for the remainder of the season!