After witnessing their side suffer eight consecutive defeats in the Premier League, Huddersfield Town fans must have been fearing the worst on Sunday when Scott McTominay gave Manchester United the lead after just 8 minutes.
However, with the fixture being the club’s last home game before they make their return to the Championship in August, it was clear that the Terriers wanted to go out on a high against the Red Devils.
After Paul Pogba and Juan Mata both went close to adding a second for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, the hosts equalised through Isaac Mbenza who left David De Gea with no chance after latching on to a tremendous long pass from goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.
With United unable to reclaim the lead, the Terriers secured what was arguably their best result of the season in which one player in particular showed just why the club should be doing everything they can to keep him in the summer.
Although he may not have scored on Sunday, Karlan Grant provided a constant threat to his opposing defenders as both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones struggled to deal with his pace and power.
Since joining Huddersfield in January from Charlton Athletic, the 21-year-old has been mightily impressive for his new side as he has been directly involved in five goals in 13 games.
Capable of playing as both a central striker and as a winger, it would not be at all surprising if Grant becomes the subject of considerable interest from elsewhere as he has all the ingredients needed to succeed at the highest level.
If this does indeed happen, Huddersfield boss Jan Siewert must do all he can to convince the £2.25m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) to stay in West Yorkshire for the foreseeable future as losing him could lead to disaster.
Whereas the Terriers will be confident of launching a sustained push for promotion with Grant leading the line next season, if they let him leave when the transfer window opens in July, they could end up facing yet another campaign of struggle.
What do you think Huddersfield fans? How important is Grant for your club’s future? Do you think that your side can bounce back next season? Let us know below.
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