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Manchester United beat Huddersfield 3-1 at Old Trafford on Boxing Day thanks to a goal from Nemanja Matic and a brace from Paul Pogba.

Huddersfield boss David Wagner believes his team lost to Manchester United because they weren’t clinical against United.

“I think the performance was very good,” Wagner told Sky Sports after his team lost 3-1 at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. “There was effort, determination and decent football that the guys played. I do not know if one hand is enough to count all the clear-cut chances we had. We were unfortunately unable to use them. We could go in front very early on, where Terence Kongolo has a clear-cut chance and another just before half-time.

“The second half was even better from my team. We have played against a world-class side, we have seen why Paul (Pogba) is a World Cup winner, two world-class strikes, and this is why we lost this game. The performance, for sure, was a very good one at Old Trafford.

“You have seen they also have a world-class goalkeeper who has done his job. I have no complaints today. The boys have done everything today. We really wanted to press them, but we were not clinical enough and this is absolutely where we have to improve.

“This group has character. They have shown this to me often. They have shown exactly what they showed in the second half of the game – win, lose or draw we have to make sure that we play in our way, in our style, but we do our job.

“If we lose a game like today, we have to accept that we have in our way. To be honest, I had a feeling today that we had an opportunity. Every game is a opportunity. The next three games excite us, so now we recover and try for the next one.”

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was happy with the result against Huddersfield. According to Solskjaer, United started slowly against Huddersfield but improved after the first goal.

“The result is great,” Solskjaer said.

“You win the game and you get three points. We started off slowly maybe the whole occasion got to them a bit, we took one touch too many and didn’t create too many chances early on.

“But as we got the first goal we settled down and we passed it quicker and there was a period where we thought we would get the second and it would be game over.”

Man of the match Pogba scored a brace against HUddersfield and Solskjaer challenged the France international to score more goals and create more assists for Manchester United.

“Paul [Pogba] is happy now. He knows he can score more goals and create chances,” Solskjaer said of Pogba.

“He had a few assists last week.”

Anthony Martial, who scored in the win at Cardiff on Saturday, missed the game against Huddersfield. Solskjaer revealed the 23-year-old was ill and not fit to play.

“He must have had a bad chef over Christmas,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told MUTV when asked about Martial. “If it’s food poisoning or something. I don’t know, but he has fallen ill over Christmas.”