Words by Gary Carter
Huddersfield v Manchester United – FA Cup – Today
DAVID Wagner has instructed extra protection be brought in at Huddersfield after one player became known for a different kind of tackle.
Midfielder Danny Williams was caught on camera leaving nothing to the imagination in last week’s Premier League win over Bournemouth.
Team-mates pounced on it as the footage spread around the world on the internet, while the Terriers’ boss was blissfully unaware of what was lurking over his shoulder.
Now the German has taken steps to make sure there is at least something hidden in future.
“Can I say I have not seen it?” Wagner attempted to say when asked, with a large smile on his face.
“I’ve spoken with our kit man that he has to make sure everybody wears underpants!”
On a more serious note, Australian ace Aaron Mooy’s World Cup dream is still alive after it was revealed his serious looking knee injury that saw him stretchered off against Bournemouth is just a cut.
He will, though, miss today’s FA Cup clash after that became infected and is only expected to be out for two matches, while his boss has his fingers crossed that no more of his players get hurt.
“Three weeks ago I said we had everybody healthy. We had no injuries, apart from Elias Kachunga, now we have conceded a few,” Wagner added.
“But maybe it looks a little more serious than it is. Yes of course I hope no more get injured but that’s the same for every other team.
“Especially for us, this is always that I hope that after a game together all the players are healthy and we are able to start next week’s training with full numbers.”
Wagner is confident that momentum is back with Huddersfield, who defeated today’s opponents Manchester United on their last trip to the John Smith’s Stadium, after they broke a losing run with wins against Birmingham and Bournemouth.
“Absolutely, I think there is no doubt about it,” he said.
“We said this immediately after the United game and I said this a few times after we lost 2-0 there that now are the games where we have to try and start to build up momentum, and the players have done it.
“And if there’s one game we can play with complete freedom then it’s today.”
Wagner is without Mooy but also defenders Michael Hefele and Chris Loewe while midfielder Alex Pritchard is cup tied and Kachunga and Jon Stankovic are long-term absentees.