Man Utd did not finish any goal in the AZ Alkmaar draw 0-0 in the second round of the Europa League group stage, on the evening of October 3.
AZ is third in the Dutch league, only one point behind PSV Eindhoven and Ajax Amsterdam. As the homeowners but due to the AFAS stadium being remodeled, they had to borrow the Cars Jeans yard to welcome Man Utd. That does not affect the performance of Arne Slot teachers and students. They had four finishes on target, while Man Utd did not once hit the ball into the goal. AZ has twice the number of finishes from England.
Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer uses three teenage kick players, defender Brandon Williams, midfielder Angel Gomes and striker Mason Greenwood. With the second squad, Man Utd was hard to impose the game. At many times they were overwhelmed by AZ. In the 11th minute, Fredrik Midtsjo crossed the ball for Myron Boadu and headed for De Gea. But, the goal was not recognized due to the offside striker before finishing. Three minutes later, De Gea saved the visitors’ save after a long-range shot from Oussama Idrissi.
Man Utd played close to the opponent, but they rarely won the ball to attack dangerously. The best opportunity for the visitors came in 30 minutes, with an attack on the right. Diogo Dalot, the overlapping husband for Daniel James, escaped near the crossbar and returned it to Greenwood. The 18-year-old striker took a touch in an empty posture but hit the defender AZ.
In the first half, Man Utd only had three finishes. Their situation did not improve after the break. AZ invades and creates more delicious opportunities. 71 minutes, defender Owen Wijndal dangerous shot forced De Gea to throw all the people to prevent. A few minutes later, Idrissi made a quick kick in the penalty area and narrowly missed the post.
Man Utd’s best chance in the second half came in the 84th minute when Jesse Lingard volleyed in the penalty area and the ball went wide. A few minutes earlier, Marcus Rashford said he was fouled in the penalty area, but the referee did not blow the AZ defender. Coach Solskjaer laughed after the ball.
After two turns, Man Utd finished second in Group L of the Europa League with four points. They are equal to the Serbia club Partizan but poor in goals.