“New hero for the Stretford End,” Manchester United fans on cloud nine after £14m-a-year signing’s home debut

An emotional day at Old Trafford was summed up with a 19th goal of the season for Romelu Lukaku coupled with a goal on his home debut from Alexis Sanchez, which gave Manchester United a well-deserved 2-0 win over David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford.

With Manchester City playing a 1-1 draw against Burnley earlier in the day, Mourinho needed all three points from the fixture to at least close down the gap and although the Terriers made United’s life miserable in the first 45 minutes, the game was sealed when Alexis Sanchez scored with a simple tap-in after Jonas Lössl saved his penalty.

With no real surprise, Manchester United enjoyed a majority of possession and at the other end, David De Gea – who made his 300th Manchester United appearance today – was left as a mere spectator. It took Manchester United 55 minutes to break the deadlock but they could have done it in as early as the 20th minute when Terence Kongolo bumped into Scott McTominay in the area but referee Stuart Attwell believed no harm was done. The youngster needed a little medical attention but was soon back on the field.

The talking point came as soon as the team sheet was announced. After a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham, Mourinho decided to bench Paul Pogba – the first time he’s been dropped since his return to the club in August 2016 – raising a few eyebrows even before the kickoff. United struggled to get into the groove in the early parts of the game, but they turned it around in the second period.

There was no real moment in and around the box as all United did was enjoy more possession and Huddersfield seemed perfectly alright with that. United, however, looked sharper in the second period and 10 minutes into it, the deadlock was broken. Receiving a Nemanja Matic pass on the left flank, Juan Mata delivered a perfect low drive into the area and Romelu Lukaku – after making a clever run – finished it off in absolute style.

Some 13 minutes after the first, Alexis Sanchez won his side a penalty after Michael Hefele tripped him inside the area. Jonas Lossl was spot on to deny the Chilean his first Manchester United goal, but little did he know that his effort paved way for the £14m-a-year Alexis to do a simple tap-in from close range.

A goal is a goal no matter how, and Alexis learned it the best way. Meanwhile, it was the best way to pay tribute to the Busby Babes.

So as far as fans are concerned, this is how they reacted to the Chilean’s home debut: