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 By PA Sport

Huddersfield can approach Man United test with 'total freedom' - Wagner

Huddersfield boss David Wagner is happy with the commitment of his squad as they try to pull off a "miracle" Premier League survival.

Wagner's side began the season in strong form and recorded a famous victory over Saturday's opponents Manchester United in October. But they have now gone seven league games without a win, including four defeats in succession.

The latest of those, a 3-0 home loss to Liverpool, left the Terriers just a point above the relegation places ahead of the trip to Old Trafford, where Jose Mourinho's side will be seeking revenge for their 2-1 defeat at the John Smith's Stadium earlier in the season.

Wagner did limited business in the January transfer window as Terence Kongolo joined on loan from Monaco and Alex Pritchard arrived on a permanent deal from Norwich.

But with Martin Cranie and Joe Lolley joining Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest respectively on deadline day, Wagner believes the players at his disposal are fully committed to the cause.

"The idea was to try to strengthen the squad, even if everyone knows how difficult it is, especially for a club like us,'' Wagner told a news conference.

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David Wagner says Huddersfield will fight to survive in the Premier League.

"We added to our group and Martin and Joe left and it makes sense for us because everybody knows we have a big challenge in front of us, to try to be successful with only players who 100 percent commit. They had opportunities to move on and I totally respect their decision.

"We know exactly which group of players try to make another miracle happen and this is that we stay in the Premier League."

Speaking about the game against Manchester United, Wagner added: "It is important we have belief rather than dreams. We will try everything to steal something from this game. We are so excited about this event, there are not a lot of better occasions in the football world.

"Why shouldn't we be positive? At the start of the season everyone thought after 25 games Huddersfield would be bottom of the table with maybe 15 points.

"Now we are one of the teams fighting for survival. No-one likes defeats, but we are positive because we are fighting, something no-one expected. Nobody expects anything from us so we can take this game with total freedom."


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