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Wagner Tells Huddersfield To Play With More Freedom

Wagner Tells Huddersfield To Play With More Freedom

David Wagner has told his Huddersfield players to put anxieties about their form aside ahead of the trip to Manchester United. The Terriers have reached Christmas with only two Premier League victories to their name and sit 19th in the table.

Home form is the biggest concern, with Wagner’s team having won only once at the John Smith’s Stadium this season, scoring four goals in 10 games.

The first half of Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Southampton was the nadir when Wagner felt the difficulties of the campaign, in particular four previous losses in a row, made his players nervous and edgy.

They attempted to avoid extending the losing run to six when they become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first opponents at Old Trafford on Boxing Day but failed.

 

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Wagner said: “We have to make ourselves independent from what is around us, from the table, results, whatever. “We are exactly where everybody predicted us, so this makes no sense to think about it and get affected by it. “We are only able to collect points and to be competitive if we perform on our highest level. This is what we’ve done in recent weeks and this is what we’ve done in the second half (against Southampton), where we looked competitive. “In the first half we didn’t perform at our level, we were not competitive and we were 2-0 down as well as a repeat performance at Old Trafford”.

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