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Man Utd held goalless by Alkmaar in Europa league

Man Utd held goalless by Alkmaar in Europa league
Players of Manchester United and AZ Alkmaar fight for the ball during their Europa League group match.
London, Oct 4 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 10/4/2019 11:37:45 AM IST

Manchester United’s lean goalscoring form continued in a turgid 0-0 draw away to Dutch club AZ Alkmaar in their second Group L match in the Europa League on Thursday.

United never looked like scoring for most of the evening on the plastic surface of the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague and failed to produce one effort on target. The hosts were playing 70 miles away from home because of a roof collapse at their AFAS Stadium last month, but their fans still produced a raucous atmosphere.

There was not too much to get excited about, however, with defences on top on the slick surface.

United will be happier with the point which puts them on four points from two games, level with Partizan Belgrade who won 2-1 in Astana in an earlier kickoff. 

While United defended well, the paucity of their attacking options was again in evidence as their run without an away win in all competitions stretched to 10.

Solskjaer’s side have now failed to score more than one goal in a game since they began the season with a 4-0 thumping of Chelsea in the Premier League.

If any team looked like scoring it was Alkmaar for whom the lively Oussama Idrissi was the best attacking player on view.

Alkmaar striker Myron Boadu had a first-half goal ruled out for offside before Idrissi forced David de Gea into a sharp save. Idrissi skimmed an effort wide after the break and tested De Gea again with a powerful shot the keeper punched away.

United’s ambition was limited but they brought on Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay in the final quarter of the game to try and force a winner. Rashford was denied what looked a blatant penalty 10 minutes from time when he appeared to be clipped by a sliding Stijn Wuytens after a sharp turn in the area.

Lingard, left out of the England squad earlier on Thursday, had United’s best effort with a dipping shot just wide soon after but worryingly for Solskjaer he limped off before the end.

One of the positives for United was an assured performance by Brandon Williams who made his first start at left back.

Meanwhile, Arsenal made it six points from a possible six in the Europa League this season with a 4-0 victory over Standard Liege. Gabriel Martinelli scored twice in quick succession before Joe Willock added a third in a clinical first 22 minutes from Unai Emery’s side.

Dani Ceballos netted his first goal for the club in the second half to cap a routine win for the Gunners, which is already looking a solid bet to reach the next round.


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