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Manchester United toil to 0-0 AZ Alkmaar Europa League draw

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United failed to have a single shot on target against AZ

Manchester United put in a "good performance" and were denied a "nailed-on penalty" in their Europa League draw with AZ Alkmaar, says boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United failed to have a single shot on target in an uninspired showing and have now failed to win in their past 10 away games.

But Solskjaer saw the game positively and focused on a penalty he felt his side should have had when Stijn Wuytens brought down Marcus Rashford with 10 minutes to go. The referee did not award it and the video assistant referee system is not in use in the Europa League group stage.

"I'm very happy with the boys," said Solskjaer. "It should have been three points."

He said "you can't even discuss" the penalty decision because it was so blatant and added they should have had a spot-kick during Monday's 1-1 draw against Arsenal for a Sead Kolasinac handball.

"I couldn't believe what I saw, same as Arsenal with the handball," he said.

"It's frustrating getting these little things. The boys deserve so much more. It's going to turn at one point and we'll get the decisions and then they'll get the results we deserve."

Solskjaer had earlier criticised the plastic pitch as one of the "worst ones I have seen for a long while".

"This is a good performance and a good point against a good opponent on a bad surface," he said after the game.

But it would be hard to blame the surface for United's failure to test the goalkeeper once, with Jesse Lingard hitting their best chance wide late on.

AZ had the better chances, with striker Myron Boadu having a first-half goal correctly ruled out for offside.

Substitute Lingard walked off with a hamstring injury late on, leaving United to end with 10 men - and Solskjaer expects him to miss Sunday's Premier League game against Newcastle.

United have not won in their past four games in all competitions, excluding a penalty shootout victory against Rochdale.

They are level with Partizan Belgrade on four points at the top of the group. The Serbian side won 2-1 in Astana thanks to a double from Umar Sadiq earlier on Thursday.

United's struggles continue

United have not won an away game since beating Paris St-Germain in their famous Champions League win in March.

They made eight changes from the lacklustre 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Monday - but this was no under-21 squad. In fact their starting line-up had an older average age than AZ's. Six of the 11 were over the age of 25, including goalkeeper David de Gea and midfielders Fred, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata.

Mason Greenwood got the chance to start up front that some people expected on Monday, but he had one shot which looked goalbound before being blocked by Ron Vlaar.

It took United 67 minutes to have a shot, excluding blocked ones, with Angel Gomes hitting well over from distance.

United brought on Rashford, Lingard and Scott McTominay as they looked for a winner, but it never really looked on the cards.

The positives were a decent defensive performance - with Brandon Williams making a first start at left-back - a clean sheet and a point.

AZ miss their chances

Myron Boadu
Young AZ Alkmaar striker Myron Boadu had a goal disallowed for offside

If anyone was going to win the game, it was going to be AZ, who have been playing 50 miles from home in Den Haag after the roof fell in on their stadium in August.

A few strange bounces on the artificial turf caught players off guard, with plenty of passes cut out - but then that was also the case for United on their own grass pitch on Monday.

AZ are third in the Dutch league and now unbeaten in six games - and they had the better chances.

Netherlands Under-19 teenager Boadu had the ball in the back of the net with a stooping header from Fredrik Midtsjo's cross but he was well offside.

The 18-year-old had another chance but he did not make proper contact with a header.

Alkmaar winger Oussama Idrissi was excellent, causing Diogo Dalot plenty of problems, and he forced two saves from De Gea as well as shooting wide from long range.

United's worst away run since 1989 - match stats

  • United have failed to win any of their last 10 away matches - they last went on a longer winless run on the road between February and September 1989 (run of 11).
  • Manchester United failed to have a shot on target in a Europa League game for the first time (25 games).
  • David de Gea kept his first clean sheet on the road for Manchester United since February against Fulham, ending a run of conceding in 10 consecutive away matches.
  • Debutant Brandon Williams had 89 touches, five more than any of his team-mates.
  • He is the fourth teenager to be handed a first start for Manchester United since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over in December 2018 (along with Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes).

Line-ups

AZ Alkmaar

  • 1Bizot
  • 26Sugawara
  • 4Vlaar
  • 30Wuytens
  • 15Wijndal
  • 6Midtsjø
  • 8Koopmeiners
  • 7Stengs
  • 10de WitSubstituted forHatzidiakosat 87'minutes
  • 11Idrissi
  • 9Boadu

Substitutes

  • 3Hatzidiakos
  • 5Ouwejan
  • 14Druijf
  • 17Aboukhlal
  • 20Clasie
  • 22de Boer
  • 24Reijnders

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 20DalotBooked at 90mins
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 16Rojo
  • 53Williams
  • 17Fred
  • 31Matic
  • 26GreenwoodSubstituted forLingardat 77'minutesSubstituted forat 90+1'minutes
  • 8MataSubstituted forMcTominayat 83'minutes
  • 28Gomes
  • 21JamesSubstituted forRashfordat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Maguire
  • 10Rashford
  • 14Lingard
  • 22Romero
  • 38Tuanzebe
  • 39McTominay
  • 44Chong
Referee:
Gediminas Mazeika
Attendance:
13,863

Match Stats

Home TeamAZ AlkmaarAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, AZ 0, Manchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, AZ 0, Manchester United 0.

Jesse Lingard went off injured after Manchester United had used all subs.

Booking

Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Oussama Idrissi (AZ) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Diogo Dalot (Manchester United).

Corner, AZ. Conceded by Nemanja Matic.

Substitution

Substitution, AZ. Pantelis Hatzidiakos replaces Dani de Wit.

Offside, Manchester United. Fred tries a through ball, but Marcus Rashford is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Scott McTominay.

Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is too high from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Scott McTominay replaces Juan Mata.

Foul by Dani de Wit (AZ).

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Fredrik Midtsjø (AZ) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Oussama Idrissi (AZ) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yukinari Sugawara.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard replaces Mason Greenwood.

Attempt missed. Oussama Idrissi (AZ) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Myron Boadu.

Attempt blocked. Teun Koopmeiners (AZ) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, AZ. Conceded by Diogo Dalot.

Attempt saved. Owen Wijndal (AZ) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Teun Koopmeiners.

Offside, Manchester United. Victor Lindelöf tries a through ball, but Mason Greenwood is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Calvin Stengs (AZ) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Myron Boadu.

Foul by Brandon Williams (Manchester United).

Dani de Wit (AZ) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Angel Gomes (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mason Greenwood.

Angel Gomes (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dani de Wit (AZ).

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Yukinari Sugawara.

Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Dani de Wit (AZ) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Marcus Rashford replaces Daniel James.

Hand ball by Fredrik Midtsjø (AZ).

Corner, AZ. Conceded by Brandon Williams.

Attempt missed. Yukinari Sugawara (AZ) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Teun Koopmeiners (AZ).

Foul by Marcos Rojo (Manchester United).

Fredrik Midtsjø (AZ) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Angel Gomes (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

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