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Manchester United draw blank with AZ Alkmaar as Jesse Lingard limps off

first_img 10 1 21 James 50 50 14 Druijf Facebook 38 Tuanzebe 26 Sugawara 31 Matic Read more 17 Aboukhlal Corners Twitter Match stats European club football Manchester United 2 Lindelof Goal attempts 1 Bizot (s 87′) Solskjaer’s concerns before the game had focused on the artificial surface, though it was clear from an early stage that Alkmaar could pose problems with the ball in the air. Myron Boadu had the ball in the net after 11 minutes from Fredrik Midtsjø’s cross. He was correctly ruled offside, yet De Gea would not have been impressed by his defenders allowing a free header. De Gea was called upon to make the first save of the game shortly afterwards, reacting well to Oussama Idrissi’s well-struck shot, and from the resulting corner Dani de Wit put another free header over the bar.United had started well enough, with Daniel James not only playing but initially being deployed through the middle. After the first quarter passed without a visiting shot on target Solskjær had a rethink and put James out on the right, again not his best position, with Mason Greenwood taking up his expected central role. This almost brought immediate results, with Diogo Dalot sending James skipping down the right and Greenwood meeting his cross in the middle, only for the former Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar to block a goalbound effort. 17 Fred 39 McTominay Share via Email 28 Gomes AZ Ole Gunnar Solskjær shows his frustration on the touchline. Photograph: Paul Currie/BPI/Shutterstock 5 Maguire 26 Greenwood 4 Vlaar Read more 11 Idrissi 8 Koopmeiners 7 Stengs 5 Ouwejan 1 de Gea MNU AZ AZ Alkmaar 10 de Wit 9 Boadu 15 Wijndal 20 Dalot Willy Boly puts Wolves back on track with injury-time winner at Besiktascenter_img 14 Lingard 22 de Boer 24 Reijnders Man Utd 6 Midtsjoe Share on Messenger Possession 16 Rojo 53 Williams Share on LinkedIn Pinterest 3 Chatzidiakos 10 Rashford Ole Gunnar Solskjær is still looking for his first away win as Manchester United’s permanent manager. Newcastle on Sunday would seem an inviting opportunity but Solskjær is going to have to alter his team and his tactics from this limp showing to have any hope of beating even such demoralised opponents as Steve Bruce’s side.This was just as presentable a chance to turn a corner, yet a United side sorely lacking in ambition and creativity were unable to take it, merely adapting to Alkmaar’s level and in the end being quite fortunate to escape with a draw. Topics Substitutes Europa League 7 8 (s 63′) Substitutes Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Arsenal 4-0 Standard Liege, Celtic 2-0 CFR Cluj: Europa League – as it happened Fouls (s 83′) 44 Chong match reports 8 AZ Off target 6 Man Utd 4 AZ On target 0 Man Utd Share on Pinterest 20 Clasie 30 Wuytens Share on Facebook (s 77′) Lineups MNU50AZ50% If that was encouraging it was also untypical of United’s first-half efforts. Alkmaar played the more effective counterattacking game, at least proving capable of moving the ball swiftly upfield and on several occasions entered the United area with purpose. United by comparison were ponderous and uninspired, retaining possession easily enough but failing to find any real penetration. At 34 Vlaar might have been viewed as a weak link in the Alkmaar defence, but the plodding, sideways game United played made it easy for the home side to stand their ground without being asked to run about too much.Making his first start for United, the left-back Brandon Williams was lucky to get away with handball in the area early in the second half. Giving away a penalty would have spoiled an otherwise confident display, though the ball struck his arm and referees are now being told to ignore considerations of intent. Rashford was sent on after an hour in an attempt to give United a little more bite up front. In the end it was another substitute, Lingard, who shot wide with a late chance to win the match, before limping off. Rashford’s main contribution, a free-kick blasted wastefully high over the bar, was more in keeping with United’s overall performance. While Solskjær will always have Paris, in his present situation he will not be allowed to live on the memory indefinitely. 8 Mata 22 Romero Solskjær’s worries were compounded by Jesse Lingard limping off late on with a hamstring injury to leave United to see out the match with 10 men.They were not exactly outplayed, in a borrowed stadium in front of a crowd slightly less than the stated capacity of 15,000, though the home side created the better chances and the captain for the day, David de Gea, was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers towards the end of the match. Marco Bizot in the Alkmaar goal was a virtual spectator throughout. While United had a late penalty claim waved away when Marcus Rashford came on, more damning was their failure to register a single attempt on target.“It should have been a win, I’m fed up complaining about penalties we should have had,” Solskjær said, brazenly ignoring the fact that Alkmaar also had a couple of reasonable appeals turned down, in addition to managing the odd shot on target. “The linesman had a good view of the tackle on Marcus and he wasn’t interested. A better decision and we would all be sitting here smiling now, but it’s no good me going on about it. We just have to hope that one day the decisions will start going in our favour. We didn’t get to grips with the pitch until the second half, so I regard today as a good away point. If we win our home games and stay unbeaten away we should be all right in the group.” Reuse this contentlast_img

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