Aaron Mooy tamed Manchester United in handcuffs

When you think of Australia, we’ll bet the Harbour Bridge, Great Barrier Reef and Uluru are probably some of the first things to pop into your head. What about the A-League? Maybe after several schooners during your first pub crawl someone will stumble upon it and even then you probably won’t have pint size list of questions about it. However, Aaron Mooy may be making tourism down-under easy. 

If you are unaware, Mooy became just the second player to beat David de Gea, and due to that and his efforts elsewhere, the former Melbourne City midfielder was able to help Huddersfield Town knock off Manchester United for only the second time this campaign. The result has had some huge ramifications on the league ladder as well, as Mooy’s most recent former club Manchester City have now moved five points clear of their fiercest rivals. While the Terriers are now just four points adrift of a Champions League place.

Huddersfield’s play-maker is certainty the talk of the town, and has been for quite some time. In eight games this season, Mooy has already created 14 golden goal scoring opportunities, excluding as goal and handful of subsequent assists. Clearly, he has a knack of finding the right pass at the correct time and given he has made almost 400 at a success rate of 83% the Australia knows when it is time to put the brakes on things and reset.

Those numbers puts him ahead of players like Christian Eriksen, N’Golo Kante and Mesut Ozil. That’s a tall order for someone who was kicking around with the Western Sydney Wanderers during their inception season just a few years ago.

However, his performance against Manchester United gets even more impressive when you look at how dominate the Red Devils were. For instance, Huddersfield Town only had 22% of the ball throughout, and just 206 passes compared to Jose Mourinho’s side who made a total of 740. To pull the strings in an environment like that is probably similar to eating a choice cut of steak in shark infested waters, which is kind of what playing in the Premier League must feel like at times.

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